It's a new conference foe again this week for #11 Michigan State as Rutgers University comes to East Lansing this weekend for the final home game of the 2014 season. Now I know it is cold, it's a noon kick and the Thanksgiving holiday is coming but man do I hope there is not as much of an attendance problem as I'm fearing. This senior class has 39 wins entering Saturday, 2nd most in program history. So hopefully they have a large crowd for all of the senior day festivities. Getting to the game itself, Rutgers comes into this game at 6-4 (2-4) and I combed their great SBNation blog for DISRESPEKT! and all I could find was they think we are in the central time zone. Get that new conference foe hate going! Last week Rutgers dismantled Indiana 45-23 and is looking to improve their bowl destination. As always, Go Green!
Game Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Radio: Spartan Sports Network
Online Streaming: BTN2Go (Must have cable provider)
Line: Michigan State -22
SBN Rutgers Blog: On The Banks
History: Rutgers leads the all-time series 3-2. First meeting was in 1988 and the last meeting was 2004, a 19-14 Rutgers win. Understandably, I didn't want to post video of that 2004 game, so here's a Spartan All-Access episode focusing on Darien Harris instead.
Rutgers University Famous Alumni: Is there anything more New Jersey than having James Gandolfini as an alumnus of your state institution? Gandolfini, who sadly passed away in June of 2013, of course was most famous for playing Tony Soprano in the all-time great HBO series The Sopranos. Gandolfini was born in New Jersey but raised in Naples, Italy. He earned a B.A. in communication studies from Rutgers in 1982.
"Francisco That's Fun To Say": Sticking with the, "is there nothing more New jersey theme" is a name with a Michigan touch. Giovanni Rescigno is a freshman QB from Warren, MI, product of De La Salle. Rescigno was a four star prospect and the 21st ranked quarterback according to ESPN. Rescigno also had interest from Eastern Michigan and University of Michigan but only took official visits at EMU and Rutgers according to 24/7 sports.
Interesting Rutgers University Fact: Can't do a fun fact without mentioning that Rutgers is of course the birthplace of college football. On November 6, 1869 Rutgers defeated Princeton 6-4 in the first college football game. The nickname for Rutgers in those early days before becoming the Scarlet Knights? They were dubbed the Queensmen, referring to the schools original name Queen's College.