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On Saturday afternoon, the Rutgers football team will take the field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska for its first Big Ten game of the season. The Scarlet Knights (1-2) are set to take on the Huskers (1-2) in a matchup of two teams that have already had a fair amount of struggles early on in the season.
To put it lightly, the Rutgers football team was not very good in Big Ten play a year ago. The Scarlet Knights were 0-9 and were outscored by an average of 30 points per game.
Saturday's game against Morgan State University offered the Rutgers football team its best opportunity to test its depth and get its young players on the field for their first extended collegiate experience.
When the Rutgers offensive line took the field against Washington in the season, no one expected the unit to have a good game, considering the clout and reputation of the Huskies' defensive line.
Of the last 11 games that Chris Ash has coached, he has suffered 11 losses. While there are many things that Rutgers fans want to see when the team takes the field against Morgan State on Saturday, it is clear that simply getting a win is at the top of the list.
Anyone who watched the train wreck that was the Rutgers offense in 2016 noticed a glaring lack of wide receivers.
It's easy for the Rutgers football team to constantly replay its 16-13 loss to Eastern Michigan, as it marks one of the worst losses in recent history for the program. But head coach Chris Ash knows it is his responsibility to get his team back on track and shift all of its focus towards Saturday's opponent, Morgan State.
In football, the idea of a moral victory is one that most coaches aren't keen to. But for the Rutgers football team, a strong first half against Washington may have given the team a false sense of confidence and led to a lackluster effort against Eastern Michigan that yielded a 16-13 upset loss.
A year ago when the Rutgers football team took the field against Washington, the Scarlet Knights were simply unable to move the ball on offense. The main reason being the offensive line was simply overmatched by the size and physicality of the Huskies' defensive front.
With a 30-14 loss to No. 8 Washington in the rearview, the Rutgers football team shifts focus to its next opponent in Eastern Michigan.
When a position unit loses 75 percent of its starters, one would think things could only get worse. But for the Rutgers defensive line, it resulted in a new look group that put together a strong performance against a top-tier Washington offensive line.
The Rutgers football team put together a strong performance against No. 8 Washington on Friday night, but the Huskies put together a much better second half to secure the 30-14 victory.
The Rutgers football team will open up its season tonight against No. 8 Washington. The game will officially kick off the 2017 campaign, one crucial to the team's rebuild led by second-year head coach Chris Ash.
When teams have prepared to play Rutgers every week since 2013, there is always the same name circled as a priority of who to keep the ball away from.
For the Rutgers football team, it was the first game week practice of the 2017 season, with the Scarlet Knights preparing for a Friday night matchup with No. 8 Washington.
With the season opener for the Rutgers football team just days away, the time has come to preview the Scarlet Knights' first opponent, No. 8 Washington.
In preparation for the 2017 football season opener, the Daily Targum spoke with the student newspaper of the Washington Huskies, the Daily UW. Josh Kirshenbaum, the sports editor at the Daily UW took the time to answer the Targum's questions on the No. 8 Huskies and we did the same here.
Some might say it isn't very easy to step onto a power-5 campus and leapfrog a Big Ten record holder on the depth chart in just 4 weeks of camp.
Thursday marked the last open practice for the Rutgers football team as it prepares for the season opener on September 1st against No. 8 Washington.