Rutgers Sells Out Final Home Game With Major Bowl Bid at Stake

Rutgers University sold out tomorrow night’s final home game of the season against the University of Louisville, where the Scarlet Knights can capture the outright Big East title and their first Bowl Championship Series bid.

It’s the first sellout in Piscataway, New Jersey, since a 2009 game against West Virginia University, spokesman Jason Baum said today in an e-mail. New York City’s Empire State Building will be colored red tomorrow night in honor of the team, which last week clinched at least a share of its first Big East title.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. local time at 52,454-seat High Point Solutions Stadium and will be televised on Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood called the timeslot “the ‘Monday Night Football’” of the college game.

“Thursday night, you’re the only game in town and everybody is watching,” Flood told reporters this week. “The No. 1 TV crew is here, the cameras are there. So it is a little bit of a different experience for the players when they come out.”

The Scarlet Knights (9-2 overall, 5-1 Big East) are a three-point favorite according to online sports book Bovava.lv, and would clinch sole possession of the conference title and the Big East’s automatic BCS bid with a victory. A win for the Cardinals (9-2, 4-2) would ensure at least a three-way tie for the league title and position Louisville for a probable BCS bid, its first since 2007.

Secondary market tickets for the game range from $36 to $224 on Stubhub.com. Face value was $45 and $55, according to Baum.

It is the second time the Empire State Building has been lit for Rutgers football, according to the school’s athletics page. The tallest completed building in the New York City skyline was lit for Rutgers’ 28-25 victory over Louisville in 2006, a showdown of two undefeated teams.

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