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Looking for a rebound, Rutgers faces Norfolk State

Friday - 9/6/2013, 2:10pm  ET

TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- With the surprising number of upsets pulled off by Football Championship Subdivision teams over the big boys this season, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has no intention of taking Norfolk State lightly on Saturday.

Forget that Rutgers (0-1) has played the Spartans (0-1) twice since 2007 and won by a combined margin of 90-0.

It doesn't mean a thing. The only thing Flood cares about is the names North Dakota State, Eastern Washington, McNeese State, Towson and Northern Iowa. Those FCS teams beat Football Bowl Subdivision squads this year and that's all that matters.

When Flood looks at Norfolk State, he sees a big defensive line, active linebackers and an improved secondary. The offense has good running backs. All those groups played well in a season-opening 23-6 loss to Maine, one of the better FCS teams.


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