The Big East is drastically changing in all sports, and college football is no exception. Rutgers is prepping for another season in a new Big East, and they will be looking to improve on their 9-4 season last year but will they be a team that should be monitored when it comes to making your NCAAF picks throughout the season?

Rutgers did not find themselves in the AP Top 25 at the end of last season. The Scarlet Knights did receive some votes, but in the end, they were not included as one of the Top 25.

So what does this season hold for Rutgers? The Scarlet Knights had one of the best defenses in the land last season, as they were 8th in the country, giving up only 18.3 points per game. One of the reasons they weren’t included in the Top 25, is that they only had one game against a Top 25 opponent, and they lost. The game was also a home game against #25 West Virginia, and the Knights lost a shootout 41-31.

Rutgers will most likely start the season outside of the Top 25 once again, but they have chances early in the season to crack the list. Their first four games are at Tulane, Howard, at USF and at Arkansas. Even though it’s unlikely, a win against Arkansas on the road would definitely get them into the mix.

Their schedule is much tougher this season, which will help their bid for a spot on the AP list. Their end of season is no joke, as the Scarlet Knights have to end their season at Cincinnati, at Pitt and home against Louisville.

Rutgers does get some nice exposure this season, which should also help their cause. They have two games on ESPN this season, and three more will be streamed on that networks website.