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The 2019 Season Opener Game Thread: Rutgers vs. UMass

Find out how to watch & listen, as well as game preview and join us in the comment section during the action.

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How To Watch, Stream & Listen

Massachusetts (0-0; 0-0) At Rutgers (0-0; 0-0)

Where: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

Kick-off: Friday, August 30th at 7:15 p.m. EDT

Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny with a 1% chance of rain, 5 mph winds

Pregame activities: click here

TV: BTN, Mike Monaco and Shaun O’Hara. Out-of-market channel finder.

Stream: FOX Sports App

Replay: BTN+ (after midnight ET)

Radio: Rutgers IMG Sports Network with Chris Carlin, Ray Lucas, and Anthony Fucilli - Rutgers IMG Sports Network: WCTC 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, WENJ 97.3-FM, WNJE 920-AM, Sirius 81, XM 81. (WRSU 88.7-FM: Jake Ostrove, Chris Tsakonas and Robert Baxter)

Current Spread: Rutgers -15.5

Against The Spread: Rutgers 0-0 (last year 7-5); UMass 0-0 (last year 5-7)

Series History: 2-2, Rutgers won the last meeting in 1978

SB Nation UM site: find season preview here

Game Preview

Game Headquarters

Well, this is not a drill. The 2019 Rutgers football season is finally here! Tonight is their first chance to show last year is in the rearview mirror and progress has been made in the offseason. UMASS was one of the worst defenses in the country last season and despite having Walt Bell as head coach now, it may take some time for their offense to take off.

On the flip side, Rutgers is reportedly starting McLane Carter at quarterback, so all eye will be on the offense to see if they show signs of improvement. The defense is talented but also inexperienced in key spots. How they handle the first game is something to watch for as well.

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