Happy Halloween, let's hope Rutgers can make it a memorable holiday for all the right reasons. After last week's mauling at the hands of the Buckeyes, the importance of this game is tenfold. We need a big effort today against a severely injured Wisconsin team. It is truly a swing game, as a win would change the trajectory of the season. Another loss and the odds of Rutgers recovering during the season get even smaller. Let's get caught up on everything you need to know headed into today's high noon battle
Injuries remain a concern, as Leonte Carroo is listed as questionable for a second consecutive week. There is speculation he may sit out so Carroo can fully heal for the stretch run. Here is the injury report and depth chart from earlier this week. Cornerback Blessuan Austin and receiver Janarion Grant are also listed as questionable.
Kyle Flood shared some thoughts on the game at Wisconsin this week. Camp Randall Stadium should be a raucous environment and Rutgers will need to be composed during the game. For a video on what the players are thinking heading into the game, click here.
Although Chris Laviano has had his moments in his first season as the starting quarterback, the debate rages on here. Hayden Rettig did lead Rutgers to their only touchdown against Ohio State but will remain the backup. In fact, I wouldn't expect Flood to play Rettig unless the game was a blow out today.
Our game preview details the importance of the offense converting on drives and making big plays. The Wisconsin defense is an elite unit, so Laviano needs to play well for Rutgers to have a chance. Despite the injury issues the Badgers offense is experiencing, our staff is not confident in the outcome of this game.
For a Big Ten preview of all the conference action today, click here.
ESPN had a great feature on linebacker Steve Longa, who is currently second in the nation in tackles with 85.
Here are Rutgers game day notes from Tom Luicci of the Rutgers athletic department.
The game starts at noon and can be seen on TV or listened to on the radio at the below stations:
TV: Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sideline) will be on the call.
Radio: 710-AM, 1450-AM, 97.3 FM, 800-AM; Serius 118; XM 202. The Rutgers IMG Sports Network pregame begins at 11 a.m. (EST), with hosts Marc Malusis and David Milewski. Game broadcast includes Chris Carlin and Ray Lucas in the booth, and Anthony Fucilli reporting from the sideline. You can also listen to the Rutgers student radio station WRSU at 88.7 FM.
The weather is expected to be cold, windy and rainy. It's Halloween and anything can happen. Let's go RU!!