How To Watch, Stream & Listen
#7/#8 Washington At Rutgers
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
Kick-off: Friday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1 with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Jenny Taft
Radio: Rutgers IMG Sports Network with Chris Carlin, Ray Lucas, Eric LeGrand, and Anthony Fucilli - WCTC 1450-AM, ESPN NY 98.7-FM, WENJ 97.3-FM, WNJE 920-AM, Sirius 84, XM 84
Current Spread: Washington -27.5
Series History: Washington leads 1-0 after winning last season’s opener 48-13.
Washington’s SB Nation site: UW Dawg Pound
It’s Gameday people! While facing a top ten team in Washington is a daunting challenge, this is a day that should still be filled with excitement. This is the official start of year two of the Chris Ash era and is highlighted by major roster turnover and an infusion of promising, new talent. While Rutgers enters this game as a four touchdown underdog, the long view is needed. Will this team show they have improved and compete against the reigning PAC-12 champs? Can they demonstrate an ability to move the ball and score against likely one of the best defenses in the country? Will special teams play, a once proud area for fans to boast about, show a return in becoming a strong unit that the program previously had for a decade? How will the freshman perform? There are a lot of questions and while they won’t be completely answered tonight, it is our first chance to see the 2017 Rutgers football team in action. Oh, and of course, the much anticipated return of Janarion Grant! After a long wait from a difficult campaign last year, let’s hope for progress this season and that it begins tonight.
In an effort to help get you caught up on all of the coverage from the past week plus, here are some important links on tonight’s game.
Ten freshmen made the two deep and for a full review of the Rutgers depth chart, as well as Washington’s, click here.
Head coach Chris Ash had a lot to say about the season opener earlier this week, which we covered key takeaways from here.
For a look at the key players for Washington and what Rutgers must do to make this a battle, read our game preview here.
Perhaps the most important player on the Huskies roster is star quarterback Jake Browning, who we profiled in more detail here. One key development has been the suspension of preseason All-American, Azeem Victor, one of two players who will sit out tonight’s game for Washington.
Speaking of suspensions, last season’s leading receiver, Jawuan Harris, is also out for tonight’s game, but the good news is that the top pass rusher on the Rutgers defense, Kemoko Turay, has been medically cleared to play.
Our staff made their picks for tonight’s game here. Perhaps you could sum them up as optimistic, but not crazy.
Although a few Big Ten teams started their seasons last night, here is our handicapping preview of all of the conference action for the rest of the weekend. Also, our preseason Big Ten power rankings can be viewed here.
Miss any of our preseason coverage, including positional previews and various coaches press conference? Catch up here.
As for what to expect in regards to an improved gameday experience, we detail all of the new offerings here.
One exciting development to watch for at tonight’s game is the debut of new Band Director Todd Nichols, who we were fortunate to speak with about what fans can expect with the new look band during tonight’s game.
If you are headed to the game, you can find all of the stadium policies here.
If you want to grab one of these cool game towels, make sure to get into the stadium early.
One thing to always remember is that football is just a game. With that thought, Rutgers is holding a clothing drive at tonight’s game in support of Hurricane relief efforts in Houston. Find out more here:
If you are worried about getting out of work in time to head to tonight’s game, athletic director Pat Hobbs has you covered.
The football team has an important reminder for everyone with such a late kickoff tonight:
We will have a game thread for everyone to be able to comment on during tonight’s action and we will be live tweeting from the game from our twitter account here.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe tailgate and pregame! RU Rah Rah!