And that remains as big a problem as ever. According to Hillel, Rutgers has the fourth largest undergraduate Jewish population in the country, the second largest (after the University of Florida) of any university that plays bowl subdivision football. New Jersey has the second highest per-capita Jewish population in the country after neighboring New York.
None of these facts matter to ESPN, who is forcing Rutgers to sacrifice attendance figures for Saturday's game all for the purpose of securing content for its fledging ESPNU network. Saturday's game had did not have an announced time until a few days ago, but then ESPNU picked it up, and now Rutgers and Pitt have to play at 3:30. It seems odd that there wasn't a red state game that ESPN could have aired instead, but with many teams on bye in week six, Rutgers drew the short end of the stick