On Friday, it was reported by FBSchedules.com that Rutgers and Boston College have agreed to a home and home football series in 2026 & 2027. Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media reported that the series agreement was actually made by former Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, but current AD Pat Hobbs did sign off on the contract.
Rutgers and Boston College have met on the gridiron 26 times previously, with BC owning a 19-6-1 record. The two schools met each other every season between 1981 and 2004, with both programs becoming charter members of the Big East conference. Rutgers won the first ever Big East game played, defeating Boston College 20-13 on August 31, 1991. Sadly, the Scarlet Knights went 0-12-1 ever since that victory. They haven’t played since 2004, as Boston College moved to the ACC conference after that season.
If scheduling games a decade ahead seems far in advance, don’t forget Rutgers agreed to a home and home set with Kansas State this past October, with the series to be played in 2030 & 2031.
It’s not that Rutgers is scheduling any differently than most other schools. We have compared non-conference scheduling for the next decade with all the Big Ten East teams here. While Rutgers still has a lot of gaps to fill on future schedules, their opponents for 2017 & 2018 are set. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany set 2018 as the deadline regarding conference teams no longer playing FCS opponents. The benefit of scheduling cupcakes for non-conference play will be much harder to do with the new rule.
Delany is also requiring conference members to schedule at least one power five opponent each season. After the Boston College deal, Rutgers now has a power five opponent on the schedule in 11 of the next 15 seasons.
It was previously announced that Rutgers agreed to a schedule adjustment in Big Ten play for the 2019 season, which was done to accommodate Michigan scheduling a series with Notre Dame. That sets up a potentially brutal start to that season.
Here is a complete list of non-conference opponents scheduled through the 2031 season, according the FBSchedules.com. It should be noted Rutgers does have a home and home series agreement with Miami, but the home game in Piscataway has not been scheduled as of yet.
2017: Washington, Eastern Michigan, Morgan State
2018: Texas State, At Kansas, Buffalo
2019: At Miami
2020: At UCLA, At Temple
2021: Temple, UCLA
2022: At Temple
2023: Temple, Virginia Tech
2024: At Virginia Tech
2026: At Boston College
2027: Boston College
2030: At Kansas State
2031: Kansas State