After last week's bye, Rutgers returns to the gridiron to face #4 ranked Michigan State. The all-time series between the schools is tied at 3-3, with Michigan State winning 45-3 last season, their first meeting as conference foes. Their last meeting prior to that, was in 2004 and the start of the modern era of Rutgers football.
In terms of tonight's game, here is the injury report and depth chart released earlier this week. As of last night, there were some notable changes to the injury report.
Anthony Cioffi has been added to Rutgers injury report. Starting free safety is questionable with an upper body injury.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) October 9, 2015
That leaves both starting safeties (Cioffi and Davon Jacobs) from an already depleted secondary questionable for tomorrow's game.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) October 9, 2015
The good news on the injury front: Mera, Muller and Turay have been removed from the injury report.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) October 9, 2015
Rutgers is not the only team suffering from injuries, as Michigan State has several starters on defense out, as well as their starting tackles on the offensive line listed as questionable. An in depth look at the health issues and recent struggles of the Spartans can be found here, after I spoke with our colleague at The Only Colors.
Injuries for MSU is one factor, along with several others to believe that Rutgers can pull off this massive upset. Another reason would be improved play from quarterback Chris Laviano. The return of Leonte Carroo could prove a major factor in leading Laviano to play his best game of the season.
Tonight's game is the last of head coach Kyle Flood's suspension. Earlier this week, interim head coach Norries Wilson spoke about how Rutgers looked coming off it's bye week. In terms of what Rutgers needs to do to win tonight, here is our game preview. Here at OTB we assess Rutgers chances to win tonight with our staff predictions
Regardless of what happens tonight, it is positive to hear Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany publicly support Rutgers. He will be in attendance for tonight's game.
There is a full slate of Big Ten games today and they are previewed here. ESPN gives a rundown of what to watch for as well. We also recapped last week's conference attendance after the first full week of games took place.
Getting back to tonight, here are additional game day notes from Tom Luicci, of the Rutgers Athletic Department. If you are attending tonight's game, here are the stadium policies. And remember, it is our annual "blackout" game!!
#BlackoutTheBirthplace #CHOP pic.twitter.com/PG5yBfeqmF— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) October 5, 2015
Blackout! #RFootball vs. Michigan State - Oct. 10 #BlackoutTheBirthplace http://t.co/Brvx5rCUKY— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) October 6, 2015
If you are home to watch the game, or on the road, here is TV and radio information:
TV: BTN... Cory Provus and Chuck Long will call the game, with J Leman working the sidelines
Radio: 88.7-WRSU...Rutgers student radio station; 570-WMCA; 1450-WCTC; 97.3-WENJ; 800-WTMR...Chris Carlin, Ray Lucas and Eric LeGrand will call the game, with Anthony Fucilli working the sidelines
Let's go RU!!!