The stage is set. The full transition from division II to division I is finished and NCCU is complete. Tonight at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscantawe, New Jersey the NCCU Eagles take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. This would be another typical game were it not for the implications that it presents for both sides. Rutgers is used to being the "dark horse" in games against most big schools they play against. Even next week as they take on the North Carolina Tar heels they will resume their role.
However today they are the big fish. NCCU has never really taken on this type of foe. The occasional match up against Duke in Wallace Wade stadium is about as big as it has ever gotten for the Eagles. However Rutgers has been a top 20 team in the past 5 years and that is the direction that NCCU is hoping for.
Let's be honest, very seldom does an FBS school compete with a BCS school, but occasionally the stars do line up and the competition gets very good. Just last year Jacksonville State shocked the world and took a big game against SEC foe Mississippi. They also aligned a few years earlier as Big 10 power Michigan was ripe for the picking against FCS super power Appalachian State. Just knowing that this type of win or loss can change the face of either program has both teams fired up.