As the weather begins to heat up in the northeast, some thoughts on Rutgers football come to mind:

1. Greg Schiano will begin the 2010 college football season as the dean of Big East Conference football coaches. Entering his tenth season as the Rutgers Head Football Coach, Schiano's overall record at RU stands at an even 55-55. Perhaps serving as a portent for the 2010 season, is this the year that the proverbial corner is fully turned for his legacy and the future of the Scarlet Knights?

2. The annual Rutgers Scarlet and White spring football game is scheduled for Saturday Apr. 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM at Rutgers Stadium. Go here for more information.

3. Will Rutgers budding superstar back Mohamed Sanu have a break out year and garner Heisman Trophy attention in 2010? Sanu finished 2009 with some eye opening performances. A multi-talented player, Sanu can run, catch, and play quarterback in the RU "wild-Knight" formation.

4. Rutgers is coming off its fifth straight bowl appearance. They've won the last four, capping the 2009 season with a victory over Cental Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Even so, many followers of college football are not impressed. Will another "mid-major" bowl satisfy those doubters?

Or is the pressure mounting for Schiano to lead the Scarlet Knights to a more prestigious game? For those with short memories, prior to their recent bowl game run, RU finished the 2004 season at 4-7.

5. Lastly, what, if any effect, will the talk of RU's apparent inclusion in the expanded Big Ten discussions have on the 2010 season?

In many respects, the 2010 season may turn out to be the most significant in Rutgers football history.

What do you think?