OSI B1G football previews: Rutgers edition

Posted at 2:42 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 15:42:00-04

The Rutgers football team opens the 2016 season with a new coach in Chris Ash. Ash was the co-Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2014-15 before being hired at Rutgers. 

Don't be surprised if Ash tries to make the Scarlet Knights look a lot like the Buckeye's this season. Look for Rutgers to run a fast-paced, pass-happy offense this season.

Key Returners

Defensive Tackle Darius Hamilton

Wide Receiver Janarion Grant

Quarterback Chris Leviano

Key Loss

Wide Recevier Leonte Carroo

Quarterback Battle

One of the biggest storylines for Rutgers this offseason is which quarterback will be under center this season. Chris Laviano is the veteran returner, while TCU transfer Zach Allen fits the mold of Rutgers new offense the best. 

Key Game

Nov. 5 vs. Indiana: While a lot of the games on the Scarlet Knight's schedule look unwinnable, the late-season game at home against the Hoosiers is one Rutgers could steal. 

Depending on its record coming into the game, this contest could decide whether or not Rutgers makes a bowl game this year. 

Watch the video of new Head Coach Chris Ash's Big Ten Media Days press conference above, and check out Joe Quinn and Nick Handley preview Rutgers on Omaha Sports Insider with Rutgers beat writer for and the Star Ledger Ryan Dunleavy below!