On Wednesday, though, Flood introduced another possible alternative.
"I could envision at this point both quarterbacks in the game," Flood said. "But we'll make that decision tomorrow."
Neither quarterback played well against the Cougars, who defeated Temple, 22-13, earlier in the season. Nova went 7 of 15 for 138 yards with the three interceptions, bringing his total to seven over the last two games, both losses. Dodd, who started as a freshman and a sophomore but was beaten out by Nova at the start of the 2012 season, went 11 of 15 for 78 yards with an interception.
Both quarterbacks have split the reps with the first team this week. This, however, is not where Flood had hoped to be this late in the season.
"I don't think it's ideal," Flood said. "In a perfect world, you have your starter and he takes 75 percent of the reps. This is the situation we're in right now, and we have to move forward doing everything that's in the best interest of winning the next game, which is with Temple."
That Nova is struggling the way he is now belies what has been a good career. Nova ranks third in school history in touchdown passes (47), and he is sixth all-time in passing yards (5,759). In the season opener, a 52-51 overtime loss at Fresno State, Nova passed for a season-high 348 yards and five touchdowns.
Temple coach Matt Rhule said that Nova and Dodd are very much alike. As a result, Rhule said that the Owls don't have to prepare for a quarterback as much as they have to prepare for the scheme Rutgers plays.
"They are both the same quarterback," Rhule said. "They throw the deep ball and they manage the game. If you show blitz, they'll check the play. They are both really smart, steady quarterbacks, but they are not different in style."