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Rutgers (3-3; 0-3) at Northwestern (2-3; 0-2)
Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
Kick-off: Saturday, October 16 at 12:00 PM ET
Weather: 59 degrees, mostly sunny with a 3% chance of rain, 15 mph winds
TV: BTN with Mark Followill (play-by-play), Matt Millen (color), Krystle Rich (sideline)
Stream: FOX Sports App
Radio: RWJBarnabas Health Rutgers Sports Network (WCTC 14-50-AM, WOR 710-AM, XM 207, Sirius 99) with Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Julian Pinnix-Odrick (analyst) and Anthony Fucilli (sideline); WRSU 88.7 FM - Chris Tsanokas & Dylan McCoy
Current Spread: Rutgers -1.5
Series History: Rutgers leads 3-1, Northwestern defeated Rutgers 18-15 in 2018 in last meeting
Northwestern SB Nation Site: Inside NU
It’s game day and it’s a big one for Rutgers football. The Scarlet Knights have a tremendous opportunity to earn the program’s first Big Ten win of the season against Northwestern. It is just the second time these two teams have faced each other as Big Ten foes and it will be RU’s first trip to Evanston as conference opponents.
It won’t be an easy game by any stretch, as it never is in this league and on the road. However, if the defense can play to its potential, RU should have the edge in this game. Minimizing mistakes is crucial as well.
Establishing the run game and taking care of the football on offense while limiting big plays from Northwestern is key as well. The Scarlet Knights need to play smart and avoid penalties as well. Special teams could be the x-factor and Adam Korsak could be the key to winning the field position battle.
There are plenty of questions for both teams to answer in this game. Coming in, the Wildcats are fresh off their bye week while Rutgers has several key starters who are questionable to play.
The best playmaker on offense, receiver Bo Melton, missed last week with a shoulder injury but has been warming up on the field Saturday. In addition, starting cornerback Max Melton and backup corner Chris Long have been reinstated. Good news for the depth of this team.
No word on the second best playmaker for RU in Aron Cruickshank, as he exited last weekend’s game with a shoulder injury as well. Starting guard Reggie Sutton is out for the year with injury and starting left tackle Raiqwon O’Neal missed last week too. Starting QB Noah Vedral and starting safety Christian Izien left last weekend’s game in the second half with injuries, but Schiano said on Monday they’re fine. Regardless, this team is beat up after playing three top ten teams.
If any injuries updates are provided before kickoff, we will update them here.
A win for Rutgers would send them into the bye week on a high note and a winning record overall. A loss would give them a four game losing streak and an almost non-existent path remaining to earn a bowl bid. This is a huge swing game for the season. Get ready with all of our game week coverage for Rutgers with the links listed below.