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No. 11 Michigan State (5-0; 2-0) at Rutgers (3-2; 0-2)
Where: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ (Game Day Policies)
Kick-off: Saturday, October 9 at 12:00 PM ET
Weather: 69 degrees, cloudy with a 24% chance of rain, 11 mph winds
TV: BTN with Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), James Laurinaitis (color), Rick Pizzo (sideline)
Stream: FOX Sports App
Radio: RWJBarnabas Health Rutgers Sports Network (WCTC 14-50-AM, WOR 710-AM, XM 196, Sirius 132) with Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Mike Teel and Eric LeGrand (analyst) and Anthony Fucilli (sideline); WRSU 88.7 FM - Chris Tsanokas & Dennis Geissler
Current Spread: Michigan State -4.5
Series History: Michigan State leads series 8-4, Rutgers defeated Michigan State last season 38-27.
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It’s game day and Rutgers football has an opportunity to earn the biggest win of the Schiano 2.0 era so far. No. 11 Michigan State comes to Piscataway undefeated with a 5-0 record including 2-0 in Big Ten play.
The Spartans are much improved from last season and looking to get payback. Rutgers surprised MSU last season with a 38-27 victory behind seven takeaways. However, this season RU hasn’t forced a takeaway in the last three games. The defense has been very good other than the Ohio State game so hopefully they’re able to return to form today. They’ll be tested on the ground as MSU back Kenneth Walker leads the nation in rushing.
The Rutgers offense has to protect the football, limit penalties and move the chains. Isaih Pacheco needs to be a factor and a repeat of his performance against Michigan would be huge. Someone in the receiving core will need to step up if Bo Melton is unable to play. The Spartans defense has struggled against the pass and finding open space is key.
Both teams are strong with special teams as Jaylen Reed and Aron Cruickshank are arguably the two best returners in the nation. The battle for field position will be a crucial one.
There is no denying this game has extra juice with both sides looking to “Keep Chopping” to a victory. Rutgers is acting like it’s a big game after announcing below they’ll wear all red uniforms for the first time this season. Notice the multiple shots of someone in uniform aggressively swing an ax. Message sent.
Michigan State isn’t shying away from making this a big game too. They’ve posted two tweets this week to make it clear that it is to them as well.
It’s homecoming and Rutgers will have a packed SHI Stadium behind them. If the Scarlet Knights can beat Michigan State for a second straight season and earn its first win over a ranked foe since 2009, RU will make a major statement across the entire Big Ten. Let’s hope this team can deliver its best performance of the season so far. Get ready for kickoff with all of our coverage for this game from this week linked below.