Rutgers announced kickoff times for five football games in the upcoming 2017 season. The second campaign of the Chris Ash era will begin Friday, September 1st at 8 p.m. against nationally ranked Washington at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. The game will be televised on FS1, which airs lot of PAC-12 action.
The first Big Ten matchup for Rutgers in 2017 will take place on the road at Nebraska on September 23rd. A 3:30 p.m. kickoff time was announced.
In addition, three more conference games have been scheduled for noon kickoffs. They include the Homecoming game against Purdue on October 21st, as well as road games at Michigan on October 28th and at Penn State on November 11th.
The four Big Ten conference games which had kickoff times announced today will be aired on either BTN or one of the channels from the ESPN Network. They will be determined at a later date.
Noon games became a regular occurrence last season, much to the dismay of Rutgers fans everywhere. The reality is that until the program starts to climb up the ladder in the standings, expect more of the same in the near future. In fact, Rutgers is the homecoming opponent for Nebraska, Michigan, and Penn State this season, which is part of why they were slated for so many noon kickoffs.
It’s likely the two remaining non-conference games against Eastern Michigan and Morgan State will also be noon kickoffs, although nothing has been officially announced. While Rutgers has hosted a primetime evening conference game each season since joining the Big Ten, I’m skeptical there will be one this year.
The only two remaining home games in conference play without a time yet determined is against Ohio State and Michigan State. There is no way the program will want to be featured in primetime versus Ohio State after the embarrassment at home on ABC in 2015, as well as last season’s blowout loss. It’s possible the Michigan State game could end up at night, depending on how the season progresses. However, I recommend Rutgers fans enjoy the season opener under the lights against Washington, as it’s probably going to be the only chance to do so this season.
Here is the updated 2017 football schedule for Rutgers:
Sept. 1 vs. Washington 8 p.m. on FS1
Sept. 9 vs. Eastern Michigan
Sept. 16 vs. Morgan State
Sept. 23 at Nebraska 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs. Ohio State
Oct. 14 at Illinois
Oct. 21 vs. Purdue Noon
Oct. 28 at Michigan Noon
Nov. 4 vs. Maryland Yankee Stadium
Nov. 11 at Penn State Noon
Nov. 18 at Indiana
Nov. 25 vs. Michigan State