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Wagner at Rutgers
Where: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
Kick off: Saturday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Climate: 80 degrees, partly cloudy with a 6% chance of rain, 5 mph winds
TV: Big Ten Network with Wayne Randazzo (play-by-play), Jason McCourty (color), Krystle Rich (band)
Stream: Fox Sports App
Radio: Radio: RWJBarnabas Health Rutgers Sports Network (WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM, Fox Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM/1450 AM, SiriusXM 205) with Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Mike Teel and Eric LeGrand (analyst) and Anthony Fucilli (sideline ); WRSU 88.7 FM – Dylan McCoy and Eddie Kalegi; Audacy App, Scarlet Knights App
Series history: First meeting in program history
Step: Evan Simon- 8 of 12, 66.7%, 63 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
In a hurry: Kyle Monangai- 64 yards on 19 carries, 3.4 ypc, 1 touchdown
Reception: Johnny Langan- 2 catches for 25 yards, 12.5 ypc, 0 touchdowns
Defending: Christian Izien – 10 tackles, Tyreem Powell- 2 bags, Robert Longerbeam and Christian Braswell – 1 interceptions
Step: Nick Kargman- 13 of 32, 40.6%, 218 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
In a hurry: Rickey Spruill- 58 yards on 13 carries, 4.5 ypc, 1 touchdown
Reception: Naiem Simmons- 8 catches for 162 yards, 20.2 ypc, 1 touchdown
Defending: Andre Crawley – 10 tackles, Titus Leo and John Gioia – 1 bag, jayden brown- 1 interception
What to watch
When Rutgers has the ball
It will be interesting to see what Rutgers decides to work on in this game.
Will it discover quarterbacks? Trying to get the ball downfield? Change the look of the offensive line? All are possible in Week 2.
The Scarlet Knights should be able to get whatever they want early on to build a big lead in the first half. From then on, Greg Schiano will be able to bring different players into the game and really see what he’s got.
Wagner allowed 48 points last week to Fordham. Rutgers’ offense can feel comfortable and put up big numbers in this game. If ever there is a time for a stat-padder, this is it.
When Wagner has the ball
Nick Kargman hit Naielm Simmons eight times for 162 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. The rest of the offense, not much.
Kargman can throw him around a bit, while Simmons proved to be a threat, but this came against Fordham. Rutgers’ defense is a big step forward and flowing with confidence now after a win over Boston College.
Wagner will have to move the ball and keep the momentum going to keep him respectable, but that will be difficult against a Big Ten defense.
Could Rutgers win this game?
Could? If the Scarlet Knights lose this game, there’s a new No. 1 in the “Worst Loss of All Time” category.
We never want to rush the college football season. This is the best time of the year. But after a Week 1 win, there’s a road to 3-0 in the Big Ten game against Iowa, which isn’t impressive. The Scarlet Knights can continue to gain momentum and use these next two weeks to fine-tune certain aspects of their game.