Analysis & Preview: Northwestern vs Rutgers 09-03-2023

Analysis & Preview: Northwestern vs Rutgers 09-03-2023

July 19, 2023


Game Preview

On September 2 at Piscataway’s SHI Stadium, Rutgers will face Northwestern to start the 2023 season. In their first Big Ten game, the Scarlet Knights will try to outperform a faltering Northwestern squad.
Since Greg Schiano took over as head coach again in 2020, Rutgers has only gone 12–22. However, the Scarlet Knights could make strides this season, with a defense that welcomes back 7 starters having a chance to significantly improve after surrendering roughly 30 points per game in the previous season. The attack is in doubt, while the defense may use some improvement. Gavin Wimsatt’s performance as the team’s quarterback must be improved, and preseason uncertainty at receiver as well as the offensive line must be addressed by new coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca.

With goals of establishing a top-5 defense in the league, Rutgers ought to have among the stronger Big Ten defenses. The degree to which this squad can advance is going to rely on how significantly the offense can improve. A redesigned coaching staff will be crucial in many ways. The Scarlet Knights will need a significant improvement on both ends of the football if they hope to have their first six-win campaign in 9 years.
Northwestern’s record after capturing the Big Ten West Division for the 2020 season is 4-20 with only 2 conference triumphs. In an attempt to inspire the club in 2023, coach Pat Fitzgerald changed his coaching staff and recruited a few players via the portal. With an offense that scored only 13.8 points per contest on average last season, Ben Bryant from Cincinnati is a critical acquisition. With only 5 starting defensive players back, the defense has to make some changes. The future looks brighter on this end of the football, though, particularly with David Braun as the new coordinator starting this season.
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Northwestern Wildcats vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Game Information

  • Date: 09/03/2023
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Location: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ.
  • How to Watch Northwestern vs Rutgers : CBS
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