Today marks exactly eight weeks out from the home opener for the 2017 season for Rutgers Football. The Scarlet Knights will host Washington, who will certainly be nationally ranked when they visit the banks on September 1st. While the first home game of the season is always a highly anticipated event, Rutgers fans will be proud to know that attending a game at High Point Solutions Stadium has made FanSided’s Bucket List of their Top 30 spots for all college football fans to visit.
Overall, Fansided, which is under the Sports Illustrated umbrella, put together a pretty interesting list, which includes celebrating some of the best traditions throughout college football world.
Visiting the birthplace of college football at Rutgers was listed at #29 on the list. For all the anger and frustration expressed by some Big Ten fans about Rutgers ruining the great tradition of their conference, it’s laughable that many don’t realize or appreciate that the true origin story of Big Ten football started in New Brunswick, New Jersey on the banks of the old Raritan.
In terms of other Big Ten spots, only two other conference affiliated games or spots aside from Rutgers were mentioned.
Attending a Wisconsin game at Camp Randall Stadium and taking part in their “Jump Around” tradition was listed as #19 on the bucket list.
Checking in at #3 is the Ohio State - Michigan contest, simply known as “The Game”. It’s one of the best rivalries in college sports and was only topped by the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama at #2, as well as the National Championship Game at #1.
Another notable spot included was Husky Harbor and Washington, listed at #14, where Rutgers opened their season last year. I’ve always heard great things about the experience there and our own T.J. Jurkiewicz documented his trip here. Spoiler alert, he loved the place, with the lone exception being the actual outcome of the game. It’s pretty cool for both fan bases that our schools are included on the list and hopefully Husky supporters will enjoy their trip to Rutgers in a few weeks.
56 days until the 2017 Rutgers football season kicks off!