Indiana and Rutgers understand the stakes of their game Saturday.
The winner needs one more win to go bowling. The loser is probably heading home for the holidays.
It's not something either coach wants to discuss, so they're letting others deal with the chatter while they focus on the more immediate challenge - getting their teams ready to play.
"We've got to keep getting better," Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. "If a bowl game is in the cards because we played our best football and it's given us a chance to win, then great. But we're more concerned about Indiana, and we have to play better."
Both teams have been better this season - even if the standings don't quite reveal it.
Rutgers (4-6, 3-4) already has matched its best Big Ten wins total and needs one more to become the third conference team since 1960 to win four league games following a winless conference season. << Read more
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