Dave Wanstedt thinks Rutgers football has a chance.
Ahead of the Scarlet Knights (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) game this Saturday at No. 3 Stadium in Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), Wanstaedt spoke about the big picture where the Rutgers football program could go this year. year. After a 27-10 loss in Iowa on Saturday, the program’s fan base has definitely deflated.
Two first-half losses, both of which resulted in touchdowns on Iowa’s defense, saw Rutgers hold up early.
For Vanstedt, the arrow is still aimed at Rutgers and their head coach, Greg Schiano. When Vannstedt was Pittsburgh’s head coach in the Big East, he often fell out with Rutgers and Schiano.
As such, during his weekly segment on the Big Ten Network, Wanstaedt was not discouraged by Rutgers’ loss in the Big Ten’s first match. This is partly due to the quarterback shuffling at Rutgers, where the Scarlet Knights only had one scholarship quarterback, Evan Simon, available against Iowa.
What did Greg Schiano see in Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud this season?
“When you have two quarterbacks, you have none. When you have four, what analogy is there? He has three or four… he’s always been like this! Back in the days when I was Pitt’s head coach and he was Rutgers’. There was a time when he played two or three guys.” Vanstedt said this week on the Big Ten Network.
“But I’ll tell you what, they were a little offended that they apparently made a few mistakes. Iowa’s two goals weren’t played last week. Greg Schiano’s teams won’t be trendy. But they will be able to control the ball a bit – last week was just as tough as it was all year against the Iowa defense. But when they flipped it, they didn’t give themselves a chance.”
With three wins, Rutgers is halfway to the cup. The Big Ten schedule is certainly intimidating, but there are some games that are within reach for the rebuilding Scarlet Knights.
Mayan Ahanotu has been focusing on Hurricane Yan and Ohio this week.
In addition, Wanstaedt believes they can eliminate one or two teams this season.
“They will have a surprise, upset a team or two down the road. This team – Greg will keep them and they will get better,” Wanstedt said.
“Do they have enough talent, that’s where the pendulum is a little skewed.”