While throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium last night, Chris Ash and Pat Hobbs spent a good deal talking about the organization and the venue. Pat Hobbs even made a point to say that they were working on scheduling a game at Yankee Stadium. Maybe this was just Hobbs appeasing the Yankees organization or maybe, even worse, he was actually serious.
Playing a football game at Yankee Stadium is simply a terrible idea for Rutgers. It has been done before as a regular season game against Army and twice as bowl games against Iowa State and Notre Dame. Not once was it smooth sailing. The first time, Rutgers played Army in a regular season game in 2011. The only benefit for Rutgers in that game was when Army broke off a long run on one of the first plays but the running back slipped on crappy sod on the 5 yard line. Low and behold, Rutgers would play Iowa State there in the Pinstripe Bowl that same season. Rutgers won in a crappy matchup that not too many people seemed excited about.
Rutgers returned to Yankee Stadium at the conclusion of the 2013 season to face Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. This game was incredibly hyped up due the fact that it was Notre Dame and that there are masses of Notre Dame alumni in the area. This led to a perfect 50/50 looking crowd of red and gold. However, the game was one of the worst football games I've ever seen.
However, in a regular season game, there is no advantage. If it is a home game, Rutgers loses a big home field advantage against anyone they would play. Say what you want, but the environment at Yankee Stadium is nothing like Rutgers Stadium.
If it is an away game, it would be against a New York team. Rutgers was scheduled to play Army there last year until it was abruptly switched back to the historic Michie Stadium in West Point. I don't know why anyone would want to steal a game away from that venue. The other options: Syracuse or Buffalo. No one gives a crap about those teams and no one would go to those game.
In general, I am not a fan of neutral site games, as they severely detract from the pageantry that makes college football so great. Combine that with shitty sod and most likely a crappy opponent and you have a lose-lose situation for Rutgers.
Please, don't do this, Pat.