Times Square Ad Reminds Us That Rutgers Is Still Joining the B1G
An advertisement in Times Square that reads, “Big Time Academics, Big Ten Athletics. …Rutgers is B1G” (as seen in the picture, via Reddit) emphasizes the Scarlet Knight’s transition and is a reminder to all that yes, this is still actually happening.
It’s not a huge secret that Rutgers is joining the Big Ten for one reason, and one reason only – its New York audience. In other words, Jim Delany believes the athletic program will bring more money value and attraction to the conference.
But how will Rutgers perform on the gridiron? Not so good, at least not in its first few years.
The Scarlet Knights took a major step back in their first and last season as a member of the AAC, losing six out of eight games to close out 2013, including a lackluster performance against Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl, finishing 6-7 (3-5).
Rutgers was horribly inconsistent on offense – largely due to poor play by the turnover-prone quarterback Gary Nova and gruesomely timid play-calling by former offensive coordinator Dave Cohen – and basically fielded a high school secondary, throwing a ton of inexperienced defensive backs into a heavy smoke that was comparable to a Jersey dumpster fire.
That fire doesn’t look to calm down anytime soon, as Rutgers returns far more questions than answers in 2014. Not only do the Scarlet Knights have to find consistency under center, but it has to develop enough talent and depth to stay competitive with new in-division rivals that boast high-powered offenses, such as Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in the treacherous Big Ten East.
So thanks, Rutgers, for reminding us all of what’s to come starting in August – but I’m more than certain that Scarlet Knight fans will want to forget by the time conference play rolls around.
Tyler Waddell is the College Football Manager for FanIQ. Follow him on Twitter.