PISCATAWAY, N.J. — A 3-0 start has certainly been good for Rutgers football, getting the Scarlet Knights halfway towards bowl eligibility. But the schedule has also tested Rutgers, something that Urban Meyer thinks will help the program in the long term.
Meyer, who won three national championships (two with Florida and one with Ohio State) likes the undefeated start to the season for Rutgers. The record is nice, Meyer said, but what stands out to him is the fact that Rutgers has been pushed in their two road games.
In their season opener at Boston College, Rutgers utilized a strong fourth quarter for a 22-21 win. The home opener the next week was a blowout win over Wagner that was followed up with a 16-14 win at Temple.
That, Meyer says, is ideal for a program that is now in its third season of a rebuild under head coach Greg Schiano.
“I think that was the perfect schedule for Rutgers and it turned out perfect too. They had two battles. Boston College, that was 50-50, that was a great win,” Meyer said on the Big Ten Network this week.
“That was on the road,” said former college and NFL coach Dave Wannstedt, also on the Big Ten Network segment with Meyer.
Rutgers has their Big Ten opener on Saturday night against Iowa (7:00 P.M. ET, FS1).
[mm-video type=playlist id=01fc3gzhz7qrm49z6q player_id=none image=https://rutgerswire.usatoday.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]