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Report States Rutgers Football To Host Texas State in 2018

With the next three season schedules appearing to be complete, we take a quick look at them all.

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According to, Rutgers has completed its non-conference football schedule for the 2018 season. In this report, it cites a contract between Rutgers and the Texas State Bobcats. Here is more detail:

Texas State will travel to face Rutgers at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey on Sept. 1, 2018. The Bobcats will receive a $1.2 million guarantee for their first-ever matchup against Rutgers, according to a copy of the contract obtained via a public records request to Texas State University.

The same report also states that Texas State signed a contract with Texas A&M for the 2019 season. There is no mention of a home and home series with Rutgers, as this appears to be a one game only contract. Also note, this game has not been confirmed by Rutgers, according to their future schedules listed here.

Texas State is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and had a 3-9 record last season and a 7-5 record in 2014. In recent years, the Bobcats have played at Florida State, at Illinois, and at Texas Tech. They are set to play at Arkansas and host Houston next season.

As for Rutgers, adding Texas State to the non-conference slate would complete their 2018 football schedule. Last month, we took a look at all of the non-conference schedules for the next decade for every Big Ten East school. Rutgers now has their Big Ten and non-conference schedules for football complete through 2018. Here are schedule grids for the next three seasons and some thoughts on each.


Date Opponent Time (EST) TV
September 3rd AT Washington 2:00 PM PAC-12 Network
September 10th Howard 12:00 PM BTN
September 17th New Mexico 12:00 PM ESPNews
September 24th Iowa

October 1st AT Ohio State 12:00 PM
October 8th Michigan 7:00/8:00 PM ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
October 15th Illinois 12:00 PM
October 22nd AT Minnesota 12:00 PM
October 29th BYE

November 5th Indiana

November 12th AT Michigan State

November 19th Penn State 8:00 PM BTN
November 26th AT Maryland

Rutgers plays nine teams that went to bowls in 2015 and five teams that are expected to be ranked next season on the upcoming schedule. Their first half is especially brutal, with only FCS school Howard on the schedule that did not have a winning record and play in a bowl game last season. It will be a difficult start to the schedule for Chris Ash's debut season. I love the idea of ending the season against Penn State and Maryland, but that doesn't happen in the following two seasons.


Date Opponent Time (EST) TV
September 2nd
September 9th
Morgan State

September 16th Eastern Michigan
September 23rd AT Nebraska

September 30th Ohio State
October 7th BYE

October 14th AT Illinois
October 21st Purdue
October 28th AT Michigan

November 4th Maryland

November 11th AT Penn State

November 18th AT Indiana
November 25th Michigan State

In terms of the 2017 schedule, it will be the last season that Rutgers can play an FCS school, per a new Big Ten rule that has been implemented. Washington at home will be a tough matchup to start the season, but Rutgers has two winnable home games to follow. The Big Ten crossover games for Rutgers against the West division is pretty reasonable, with a home game against Purdue and road games at Nebraska and Illinois.  There will be nothing easy about the program's second trip to play the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska, but the other two matchups are against traditional West division bottom feeders. The last three games of the season will be a difficult end to the 2017 season, having two road games against division rivals, followed by Michigan State on senior day.


Date Opponent Time (EST) TV
September 1st
Texas State
September 8th AT Ohio State

September 15th AT Kansas
September 22nd Buffalo

September 29th
October 6th

October 13th AT Maryland

October 20th Northwestern
October 27th BYE

November 3rd
At Wisconsin

November 10th Michigan

November 17th Penn State
November 24th AT Michigan State

With Texas State now added to the 2018 schedule, Rutgers has a very manageable non-conference slate. Let's be honest, it's about as winnable as a three game set can be against FBS opponents, with this season being the first that Big Ten schools can no longer play FCS schools. Rutgers countered that by scheduling three opponents who had a combined record of 8-28 in 2015. Although Rutgers will get panned for having such easy non-conference matchups, the first two months of the 2018 schedule give Chris Ash and his staff a real chance to start the season with as many wins as possible. After a difficult road trip to Ohio State, playing Indiana, Illinois, and Maryland early in the conference schedule is also about as good as it gets. Of course, the 2018 schedule ends with a heavyweight fight every week in November and a tough way to end the season. This will be year three of the Ash era and that closing four game stretch will be a true indicator of how much progress the program has made up to that point.