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30 Reasons for 30 Days - Day 1: Because It’s Here!

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Well, boys and girls, we made it! It is finally here, college football season. And our own Scarlet Knights take the field tomorrow against the Washington Huskies out in Seattle. In preparation for the event over the past 30 days, I’ve been counting it down by offering reasons for each day why it is great to be a Rutgers football fan.

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No more waiting now. It is here! For some of the Big Ten Conference schools, it actually arrived last evening. Our friends out in Bloomington beat the FIU Panthers, and Minnesota beat the Oregon State Beavers. Tonight, Michigan State takes on mighty Furman in Lansing. But the “real season” begins tomorrow. By “real season” I mean the majority of the games in the lion’s share of conferences in the Power 5, the Group of Five, and FCS schools as well.

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To help you make it until 2:00 tomorrow with the kickoff in Husky Stadium, here are the articles we shared with you over the past month. For those who can’t wait for a home game, these will have to hold you all until next week, when Rutgers has its home opener in the friendly confines of High Point Solutions Stadium.

Day 30 - Proximity

Day 29 - Fat Sandwiches

Day 28 - The Birthplace of College Football

Day 27 – NJ Recruits and Rick Mantz

Day 26 - Because Scarlet Works With Everything!

Day 25 – It’s a Big Club with R Magnets, Too!

Day 24 – BTN and TV Deals

Day 23 – The University Itself

Day 22 - High Point Solutions Stadium

Day 21 - Stadium Promotions

Day 20 – Beacause we are in the Big Ten

Day 19 – Because of our Rivals in the Big East (Part I)

Day 18 - Because of our Rivals in the Big East (Part II)

Day 17 - Because of our Rivals in the Big East (Part III)

Day 16 – Pipeline to the Pros

Day 15 - Because of the Marching Band and It’s Music

Day 14 - The Cannon and the Crew

Day 13 – Because of Pat Hobbs

Day 12 – Because of Sarah Baumgartner

Day 11 – Because of Drew Mehringer

Day 10 – Because of Jay Niemann

Day 9 – Because of Vince Okruch

Day 8 – Because of Kenny Parker

Day 7 – Because of Chris Ash

Day 6 – Because of the Fans Themselves

Day 5 – Because of the Student Section

Day 4 – Because of the Scarlet Knight (Part 1)

Day 3 – Because of the Scarlet Knight (Part 2)

Day 2 – Because of the Tailgating

I hope you enjoyed the series, and that it helped fill the gap until the season begins. Enjoy the upcoming season, and LET’S GO SCARLET KNIGHTS!

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