Rutgers football: What you need to know for Boston College 9/21

Artur Sitkowsk, Rutgers football. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
Artur Sitkowsk, Rutgers football. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) /

It’s game three for Rutgers football as the Scarlet Knights host Boston College. Empire Writes Back has all you need to know.

Empire Writes Back presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy Rutgers football this week when the Scarlet Knights host Boston College from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Before conference realignment, these schools were conference rivals in the Big East. Whether you are going to see the game live, or staying at home and watching on television, we have you covered.

Who: Boston College (2-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-1, 0-1).

Where: SHI Stadium – Piscataway, NJ.

When: 12:00 p.m. EDT.

TV: Big 10 Network – Announcers Joe Beninati and Shaun O’Hara.

Line: Rutgers +8. Over/Under 57.5 (Odds Shark).

Interesting Trends: The Scarlet Knights have beat the spread in six of their last seven games. Additionally, RU has gone under in six of their last eight games. In their last six contests, BC is 1-5 versus the spread and have gone under in five of six road games.

Injuries: Rutgers: Out – TE Jonathan Lewis (Achilles), TE Kyle Penniston (foot), QB McLane Carter (concussion). Boston College: No reported injuries

Last Game

Boston College

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Rutgers knows all too well what happened to Boston College last week. The Eagles were walloped by Big 12 doormat Kansas 48-24. It was similar to the 55-14 beating RU got in 2018 from the Jayhawks. Eagles running back AJ Dillon had a big day. He carried the ball 27 times for 151 yards and a touchdown. While BC ran well last Saturday, they couldn’t stop the run themselves. KU had 329 rushing yards against the Boston College defense.


The Scarlet Knights were off last week. They needed the break after a 30-0 defeat at Iowa the week earlier in their Big 10 opener. In that one, Rutgers could barely complete a pass. McLane Carter started the game before he left the game with a concussion and was replaced by Artur Sitkowski. Combined they were 10-of-27 for 47 yards. The run game wasn’t much better, with 78 total yards. Rutgers defense was on the field so much they were gassed by half time.

This Week

Boston College is a good matchup for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers will run the ball with Isaih Pacheco and Raheem Blackshear right down BC’s gullet. They will have to run because Sitkowski replaces the injured Carter as RU’s starting quarterback. His past performances don’t inspire much confidence. Sitkowski hasn’t won a game since beating Texas State in the 2018 opener. This is his shot at a little redemption.

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Rutgers defense will have their hands full with a good BC offensive attack. Linebackers Tyshon Fogg and Drew Singleton will have their opportunity to shine against a Power Five school without Big 10 implications on the line. If the Scarlet Knights defense can make a good showing of themselves, it may be just what they need to jump-start their conference play.