How To Watch Rutgers At Minnesota
Location: TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Seating Capacity: 50,805
Kickoff: 12:00 ET
Radio: Rutgers/IMG Sports Network
WOR 710-AM, WCTC 1450-AM, WENJ 97.3-FM, WNJE 920-AM
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108; XM 196
Spread: Minnesota -18
Weather Forecast: 55 degrees & Sunny
One For The Road
If you have been paying attention in the slightest this season, you know that Rutgers desperately needs a bye week. The losing streak is at four games. Rutgers last Big Ten win was their epic comeback in a 55-52 victory over Indiana just over one calendar year ago. Thankfully, the week off starts for the Scarlet Knights on Sunday after what should be a difficult road game against Minnesota (4-2; 1-2) today.
Rutgers also had an epic 25 point comeback in 2014 on the road against Maryland. While no one should expect another improbable win on this day, it is worth noting that the program owns comeback victories on the road in conference play the past two seasons. In addition, Rutgers seems like a team in desperate need to get away from home. It’s been a difficult past month between losing key starters on both sides of the ball, including Janarion Grant, as well as getting torched by Ohio State and Michigan. That of course, was followed by a disappointing loss to Illinois last week, resulting in Gio Rescigno being named the starting quarterback over Chris Laviano.
Change can be a good thing and Gio starting his first ever game on the road comes with less pressure than doing so at home. There will be less distractions and the entire team can focus more clearly on the task at hand. They also know they are coming home to some much needed time off. Hopefully, Rutgers can play the best conference game of their season so far.
Here is a fun fact, Minnesota has lost four of their last five conference home games dating back to last year. This season’s lone Big Ten home game was against Iowa, when the Gophers lost to the Hawkeyes 14-7. Sound familiar? If Rutgers can play similar to the way they played against Iowa themselves, they should at least have a fighting chance today.
This game will ultimately be determined by Rutgers ability to stop the run game of Minnesota and how well Gio is able to play in the first start of his career. Expect running backs Robert Martin, Josh Hicks, and Justin Goodwin to see plenty of action today as well. Let’s hope the red team comes out to play from the start and go RU!