Rutgers football on track for most wins since joining Big 10 conference
The Rutgers football program is on the verge of making history since joining the Big 10.
With an overtime win against Maryland on the books, the Rutgers football team is now getting ready for its ninth Big 10 game in as many weeks.
“There's a lot of things that could have got them off their chop and I'm proud that they didn't allow that and that's a step for us,” says head coach Greg Schiano. “We just have to keep getting better at that because you need that type of mental toughness to get through.”
Rutgers will host Nebraska on Friday as part of Big 10 Champions Week. Not only is it a short turnaround for the team physically, players also have added mental stress.
“We play on Friday. We have guys that have final exams on Friday, so you talk about uncharted territory. This is for sure uncharted territory,” Schiano says.
If Rutgers beats Nebraska, it would be the team’s fourth Big 10 win of the season, the most wins for the Scarlet Knights since joining the conference.
“To do it in a situation where you play nine straight, and to do it in a situation where you didn't have any non-conference to work out the kinks, I think everyone in our program understands this is a chance to do something special,” Schiano says. “We're not talking about hoisting the trophy, but we are talking about doing something that's never been done here before.”
Rutgers starting quarterback Noah Vedral was injured while playing against Maryland. Schiano says his status for Nebraska will be a game-time decision. Rutgers and Nebraska kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m.