It's the first Saturday of November and Rutgers is coming off two blow out losses in a row by the score of 97-17. Leonte Carroo is questionable on the injury report but without practicing all week, he will most likely not play. Rutgers visits the Big House to take on 6-2 Michigan. Quite a different situation versus last season, when Rutgers beat Michigan at home for the first Big Ten win in school history. Maybe the one ray of hope to remember is that Rutgers fell to 1-4 in conference play last season, the same record as they enter today. Of course, the "Fighting Floods" won two of their last three games and finished with a 3-5 conference record. Rutgers does have a chance to do the same this year, as they finish with Nebraska and Maryland at home. Alas, that is for another day. Let's hope our team responds this afternoon and gives Michigan a game!
This week's injury report and depth chart show starting safety Davon Jacobs out again with a upper body injury. Kiy Hester will start in his place. Besides Carroo and Jacobs, every other starter looks ready to play. Janarion Grant, Steve Longa, Kaiwan Lewis and Keith Lumpkin are all listed as probable. There were a couple of additions and updates from yesterday:
Leonte Carroo remains questionable on updated injury report. His backup Carlton Agudosi added as questionable pic.twitter.com/FSIN0Qzp6M
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) November 6, 2015
Here are notes on today's game from the Rutgers athletic department site. Rutgers will play in front of the largest crowd in school history today, as the Big House holds 107,000+ and sometimes reaches close to 115,000. Hopefully the recent trend of Rutgers getting blown out against top opponents does not repeat today.
Rutgers legend Eric LeGrand wrote a heartwarming letter to his mother five years after his injury. It's an important reminder how much more important certain things are in life than football. Something to remember if we are down 28-0 at halftime.
Also, let's take a minute to be proud that Rutgers is the birthplace of college football. Yesterday was the 146th anniversary of the first game.
Here is information on how to watch and listen to the game:
TV: BTN... Kevin Kugler and Matt Millen will call the game, with Lisa Byington working the sidelines
Radio: 710-WOR; 1450-WCTC; 97.3-WENJ; 800-WTMR...Chris Carlin and Ray Lucas will call the game, with Anthony Fucilli working the sidelines. Rutgers student radio station 88.7 FM WRSU will be there as well.
Kickoff is at 3:30, let's hope for the best as Rutgers takes on Michigan.