Trader’s B1G East Preview: #7

The B1G is shaping up to be one of the premier conferences in college football this season. With a plethora of teams looking to contend for a B1G Title and even more hoping to lock in a bowl bid, we’re going to be running through what I believe will be the final B1G standings and how they’ll end up that way.

Rutgers: 2-10 (0-9)

Now the team that I have in last place in the B1G East should come as a surprise to no one. Rutgers, that’s really all you need to know. This is an FCS school masquerading as a Power 5 team and that’s clear to anyone that has seen them play. Being in the East is a disadvantage in-it-of-itself, as the Scarlet Knights must take on the big four of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State. Also on the schedule from the East is a strong looking Maryland, and a far superior Indiana Hoosiers squad. Even with a relatively mild Western draw of Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota, I don’t see Rutgers bringing home any B1G victories during their 2019 campaign.

As for the rest of their schedule, Rutgers has just one Power 5 matchup, taking on the Boston College Eagles in Week 3, a game that I don’t see the Scarlet Knights winning despite the home field advantage. The last two out-of-conference games on the schedule should wind up as wins for Rutgers, as they will be facing off against UMass and Liberty.

Unfortunately for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, this will be another season full of losses, and not close ones at that. The combination of a killer five-to-six matchups against teams in the east, and the distinct lack of B1G talent found on this roster will simply be too much to overcome for Rutgers.

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