Rutgers Football: Five non-conference games Scarlet Knights fans deserve

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Sep 13, 2014; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights students cheer on their team against the Penn State Nittany Lions at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Rutgers has a couple of intriguing non-conference games with power conference opponents Washington State and Kansas this season, but these matchups dim in comparison to those that fans would really like to see.

The Scarlet Knights have challenged themselves with some high-profile out of conference games in future seasons, including Washington (2016, 2017) and UCLA (2020, 2021), but some of the best non-conference battles have a little history behind them.

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That’s why RU fans are surely looking forward to the Knights’ upcoming series with old conference rivals like Miami (FL), Virginia Tech and Temple. While these match-ups represent a great start, they got us thinking, which non-conference games would top the wish lists of Scarlet Knights fans?

Surely, Rutgers faithful would arrive in droves to see the Knights duke it out with Alabama or USC, but because nostalgia is a huge element in the appeal of college sports, we went with a few games that have a little extra significance to RU history.

After scrolling through my list of five ideal non-conference games for Rutgers, please continue the conversation and add to the story by adding your thoughts and reactions in the comments section or chiming in on social media.

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