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Rutgers Releases 2016-’17 Schedule

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The Scarlet Knights have released this year’s schedule.

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Earlier today, Rutgers finally released its upcoming 2016-’17 schedule. As one of the last Big Ten programs to release its schedule, many of the matchups were already known, but it still represents an intriguing look ahead at this year.

Here’s the full slate below.

2016-’17 Rutgers Schedule:

  • 11/11 - Molley
  • 11/13 - Drexel
  • 11/17 - at DePaul
  • 11/20 - Niagra
  • 11/23 - North Texas
  • 11/25 - Hartford
  • 11/30 - at Miami
  • 12/3 - Morgan State
  • 12/6 - Central Connecticut State
  • 12/10 - at Stony Brook
  • 12/14 - Fairleigh Dickinson
  • 12/18 - Fordham (New York City, New York)
  • 12/23 - at Seton Hall
  • 12/27 - at Wisconsin
  • 1/1 - Penn State
  • 1/4 - at Michigan State
  • 1/8 - at Iowa
  • 1/12 - Northwestern
  • 1/15 - at Indiana
  • 1/21 - Nebraska
  • 1/24 - at Maryland
  • 1/28 - Wisconsin (New York City, New York)
  • 1/31 - Iowa
  • 2/4 - at Penn State
  • 2/8 - at Ohio State
  • 2/11 - Minnesota
  • 2/14 - at Purdue
  • 2/18 - at Northwestern
  • 2/22 - Michigan
  • 2/28 - Maryland
  • 3/4 - Illinois

Thoughts

The first, and perhaps most significant, takeaway from this schedule is that it’s going to be incredibly difficult for Rutgers. Obviously, nobody is expecting too much from the Scarlet Knights this season, but with some tough road trips in non-conference play and a brutal Big Ten slate, it’s going to be tough sledding ahead.

Nonetheless, there are opportunities here. In particular, with a pretty soft “bottom” portion of the non-conference schedule, Rutgers might actually finish with a respectable record heading into Big Ten play. That could at least keep the positive momentum going for the program.

Finally, there are a few marquee matchups that should turn heads this year. Obviously, the major Big Ten showdowns will do that, but also road trips to DePaul, Miami, Seton Hall, and Stony Brook should get attention. Notably, head coach Steve Pikiell just left Stony Brook to coach at Rutgers.

All told, it’s an interesting slate. It will still likely be a tough year for Rutgers ahead, but for fans, this looks like an exciting slate at least.