Rutgers Football: Too early record prediction for the 2022 season

The schedule is out. There are now week 1 lines and total wins for teams. The college football craze is back and at just the right time as we gear up for July.

Again there is excitement on the banks. It will stay that way as long as Greg Schiano is on the sidelines. Meanwhile, fans have watched and studied the schedule ad nauseam. It’s time to do it together.

Let’s take a closer look at the schedule and how the Scarlet Knights might fare in each matchup.

September 3: at Boston College

This is one of the biggest openers Rutgers has played in quite some time. It should get Rutgers fans excited for the season. There are still two months to go and that means the fans have time to convince themselves of a win, but it will be difficult. Phil Jurkovec will return to Boston College after much of 2021 with injuries. In 2020, he’s been rock solid with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Will it be Gavin Wimsatt or Noah Vedral? Either way, it’s not going to be easy for Rutgers. If they want six wins, this could be an important game from the start.

Result: defeat (0-1)

10 Sep: against Wagner

Wagner will likely enter Piscataway on a 21-game losing streak – assuming he loses to Fordham in Week 1. After a potentially difficult matchup against Boston College, the Scarlet Knights have a chance to get right here. Rutgers should roll in their home opener.

Result: Victory (1-1)

September 17: in the temple

Rutgers had 61 points against the Owls last season. Will this happen again? It’s hard to predict 60 points but this should be another one-sided game between these two teams at SHI Stadium.

Result: Victory (2-1)

September 24: against Iowa

Do you remember the first Big Ten game on the schedule in 2021? Rutgers went into The Big House and handicapped Michigan from the first few minutes. It was a tough 20-13 loss for the Scarlet Knights from a 3-0 start. This year, Rutgers will conduct a preseason test in Week 1 and will host Iowa when the conference begins. Could this be an angry opportunity?

The Hawkeyes will play strong defense, but offense won’t enlighten anyone. Once again, Rutgers might be able to hold it tight and hope to pull it out on his home field at the end.

Result: Victory (3-1)

October 1: in the state of Ohio

CJ Stroud is back. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is back. Ohio State will once again look to win the Big Ten and compete for a national championship. This line will be high in Columbus. Take the horse chestnuts.

Result: defeat (3-2)

7 Oct: vs. Nebraska

Nebraska finished 1-8 in Big Ten play last season but had an even post differential. The Cornhuskers failed to win a close game in 2021 and there will be no Adrian Martinez this time. Nebraska is one of those teams that turns heads every preseason because the country wants them to be competitive. Despite a relatively easy schedule, the Cornhuskers will fight again. Is a loss at Rutgers enough to take Scott Frost off the sidelines?

Result: Victory (4-2)

22 Oct: vs. Indiana

It’s been a lost year for the Hoosiers in 2021. While they have no choice but to get better, it won’t be much. Indiana will be coming to SHI Stadium with Rutgers and this will be a must for the Scarlet Knights. If Rutgers can get that win, it will give itself a chance to get into the toughest part of the schedule.

Result: Victory (5-2)

29 Oct: in Minnesota

Greg Schiano and PJ Fleck meet here for the first time and it won’t be easy for the Scarlet Knights. Offensive action for the Golden Gophers should pick up some points here at home and it will be difficult for Rutgers to keep up. A game like this is why Rutgers need to steal a game against Boston College or Iowa. If they have to rely on a win in Minnesota, the season could turn ugly.

Result: defeat (5-3)

November 5 vs. Michigan

We mentioned the effort Rutgers made last season when he traveled to Ann Arbor. The Scarlet Knights seemed to get Michigan at the right time. That is not the case this season. A November matchup with the Wolverines looking to repeat themselves as Big Ten champions isn’t ideal for the Scarlet Knights.

Result: defeat (5-4)

November 12: in the state of Michigan

Michigan State’s offense set Rutgers on fire last season – and it was more than just Kenneth Walker III. Payton Thorne threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns. It’s unknown if the Spartans will be a top 10 team again, but they will certainly rank and be one of the better teams in the conference. Defense needs to step up in this game, but expect it to be a little different than the Scarlet Knights’ trip to East Lansing in 2020.

Result: defeat (5-5)

November 19: vs. Penn State

Rutgers just hasn’t been able to close the gap with Penn State, and this doesn’t seem like the year it’s happening. The Nittany Lion defense celebrates against Rutgers and Sean Clifford is back under center. Parker Washington is stepping in for Jahan Dotson and Penn State is rolling on.

Result: defeat (5-6)

November 26: in Maryland

This one will hurt for Rutgers — just like it will in 2021. For the second year in a row, the Scarlet Knights could have a chance to go 5-6 into the final game of the season and need a win for a bowl game shot. Last season, the Terps came to Piscataway and hung 40 on Rutgers. When we return to Maryland this season, there’s a revenge factor on both sides. Rutgers will seek revenge last season while Maryland looks to bounce back from an overtime loss in 2020.

After a 5-2 start, Rutgers needs to steal a game to qualify for a bowl, but the road is tough in the end. It could be a disappointing 5-7 for the Scarlet Knights.

Result: defeat (5-7)

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