B1G Week: What Rutgers Fans Can Expect

The regular season is over and bowl practices don't begin until Saturday, so what better time to think about the move to the Big Ten? So, ScarletReport.com continues its daily feature for the week focusing on the Big Ten, and this edition looks at what fans can expect.

What can Rutgers fans expect in the Big Ten? What do other fan bases think of the Scarlet Knights joining the league?

ScarletReport.com reached out to a number of publishers on the FOXSportsNEXT network in the conference, and they provided answers to those questions as well as a few others and the answers are below as "B1G Week" continues.

1. What can Rutgers expect from Big Ten fans travelling to Rutgers games?
Mark Brennman, FightOnState publisher: As older Scarlet Knight fans know, when Penn State rolls into town, it'll bring a significant chunk of the Nittany Nation with it. New York and New Jersey are both teeming with PSU alumni. RU will have no trouble selling out when Penn State is on the home slate. Chris Emma, PurpleWildcats publisher: Fans of the Big Ten are some of the most passionate fans in college football, and travel well to each road game. When you add the fact that Rutgers is a new venue for college football, plus couple that with a trip to New York City, it's a definite draw.

Dave Berk, Spartan Digest publisher: For the most part Big Ten teams travel well. While the Big East has improved over the past 10-plus years, they should expect Big Ten teams to travel better than most. I feel the fact many can tie in a trip to NYC with the weekend will also help the first time around for each team.

Benjamin Worgull, Badernation publisher: I have been to every Big Ten stadium with the exception of Penn State, and I love the atmosphere that exudes from places like Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State. Speaking on behalf of Wisconsin, the city is painted red on game day with tailgating, socializing and plenty of partying. The same could also be said about Nebraska.
Wisconsin's Jump Around tradition between the third and fourth quarter is a site to see (YouTube it to get better educated). At most places, visiting fans get treated respectfully and are welcomed, as long as it's reciprocated. It's all part of that Midwestern charm.

Tom Beaver, GoBlueWolverine publisher: Michigan alums and fans in the NYC area will half-fill the stadium IMO ... and they're gentle Midwestern-folk..



2. What is your fan base's reaction to Rutgers joining the Big Ten?
Mark Brennman, FightOnState publisher: A lot of Penn State fans would have preferred Pitt joining the Big Ten, simply because the Panthers are established rivals and the Lions don't really have any natural rivals in the conference. But Rutgers is a great school with solid athletic programs and another former foe from the old Eastern independent days. I think PSU fans are happy to have two new teams (RU and Maryland) in the conference from its region.

Chris Emma, PurpleWildcats publisher: Like most of the Big Ten, Northwestern fans were a bit perplexed by the addition of Rutgers to the conference. However, I feel Chicago-area fans are more familiar with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and his ideas than other fan bases are, so it wasn't as much of a shocker. It's a move that can have some value to the Big Ten, so Wildcat fans are on board.

Dave Berk, Spartan Digest publisher: Right now many wonder why the Big Ten went after a program like Rutgers. They understand the numbers associated with television, but question the programs tradition as a proven football program. When Nebraska entered, fans where excited as they knew about the program's success unlike Rutgers at this time.

Benjamin Worgull, Badernation publiser: Lukewarm to be honest. We are all aware that unlike the Nebraska move, this one was more about expanding the Big Ten's footprint in the mid-Atlantic and securing more television leverage. Rutgers brings more to the table in football than Maryland does, but the Scarlet Knights have never won a Big East title in a conference that is far from a football powerhouse.
As far as basketball, Rutgers hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991 and not to the Sweet 16 since 1979 (already a resume that is better than Northwestern's). Without much national success, the move is hard to get super excited about.

Tom Beaver, GoBlueWolverine publisher: Michigan fans are traditionalists, so there's some head-scratching going on - not towards Rutgers particularly, more about moving out of the B1G traditional confines, and also in not picking up 'traditional football powerhouses'. And we've already had to struggle to learn "Base 11" math, then "Base 12" ... now "Base 14?" Wait, I get it: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, R, U, M, D, 10!



3. What will Rutgers have to do to be able to compete in football?
Mark Brennman, FightOnState publisher: Make the same commitment to the sport -- in terms of facilities, recruiting budgets and the like -- that the power programs in the conference do.

Chris Emma, PurpleWildcats publisher: One of the great benefits of adding Rutgers is making talent-rich New Jersey part of Big Ten country. With that, recruiting for Rutgers will be easier as it has another sell over intruders such as Ohio State and Michigan, who hunt down the Garden State's top prospects. If Kyle Flood can consistently win in-state recruiting battles, Rutgers will compete for Big Ten titles.

Dave Berk, Spartan Digest publisher: Get bigger and add more quality depth. I've covered Big East and Big Ten football and the biggest difference I found in Big Ten teams is the quality depth they have as where Big East programs can have a couple of top players carry a program for a season as was the case with Ray Rice, Pat White and others over the past several seasons.

Benjamin Worgull, Badernation publisher: Recruit better. The level of competition is a big jump from the Big East to the Big Ten. Take a look at Nebraska of a year ago when they made the move from the Big 12. Even with a roster full of talent, the Cornhuskers struggled to adjust coming from a league built on speed to a league built on strength. Rutgers will need to build its size in the trenches if it wants to hold back some of the big defensive lines and get pressure on the conference's big offensive lines.

Tom Beaver, GoBlueWolverine publisher: Fortunately for you, you're there! … Really, B1G football is a bunch of good-not-great programs (don't tell anyone!), so you'll be fine.



4. The Big East is considered a physical basketball conference, but nothing like the Big Ten. What can Rutgers expect on the hardwood?
Mark Brennman, FightOnState publisher: That business about the Big Ten being more physical than other conferences is more hype that truth. Yes, there are some extremely physical programs (think Michigan State), but overall the league is no more or less physical than other power conferences. One huge transition for the Scarlet Knights will be the travel. Those 8 p.m. central time tip-offs at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska are a bear.

Chris Emma, PurpleWildcats publisher: The Big Ten is deemed a physical basketball conference because of the coaches and their implemented styles of play. Coaches like Bo Ryan, Thad Matta, and John Beilein have built their teams around winning the rebounding battle each game. The conference has been very consistent throughout the years, with the same teams flourishing. Perhaps Rutgers can mix it up a bit.

Dave Berk, SpartanDigest publisher: It is my opinion basketball will not be as much of a change for Rutgers as the Big East and Big Ten are both very physical on the hardwood. In the Big Ten, you may find a slower pace with some programs as where the Big East seems to play at a faster pace.

Benjamin Worgull, Badernation publisher: In my opinion, the Big Ten is much more physical than the Big East. Take a look at this year's basketball preseason polls and that will give you the answer of how good and deep this conference is. The best basketball from top to bottom has been played in the Big Ten the past few years. It's a conference that historically leads the nation in attendance and lately has led the nation in RPI and strength of schedule.
It's also a conference with a variety of styles. Michigan State and Ohio State recruit really well and have a fast and physical style. Wisconsin recruits multidimensional post players and preaches fundamentals and suffocating defense. Anybody can beat anyone on any night in the Big Ten.

Tom Beaver, GoBlueWolverine publisher: Gosh, that's a different story ... what is that weird-looking thing you guys play in?



5. The Big Ten conference is the best because...?
Mark Brennman, FightOnState publisher: … Jim Delany says so. The Big Ten is the most financially stable conference, thanks in large part to the sound decisions Delany has made. Included among them was the creation of the Big Ten Network, an idea that was initially met with skepticism and yet has turned out to be more profitable than any of the critics could have imagined."

Chris Emma, PurpleWildcats publisher: What makes the Big Ten the best is the tradition. Unlike Rutgers' former home, the Big East, the conference has been fairly stable since its birth. The addition of powers like Penn State and Nebraska just added to an exciting conference. Rutgers has a special history that will be welcomed into the conference.

Dave Berk, Spartan Digest publisher: Old traditions with some of the best fan bases in college athletics make up the conference. Three Big Ten football programs are in the Top Five of home game football attendance with Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State each averaging over 100,000 per home game.

Benjamin Worgull, Badernation publisher: The tradition. The trophy games in the conference and the rivalry games are what make this conference great. While some conference's footprint expands all over the globe, the Big Ten is primarily located in eight states, meaning the players are familiar with each other and that only enhances the physicalness between teams. The Big Ten has some of the oldest rivalries and trophy games in football, and that certainly adds to the allure of the conference.

Tom Beaver, GoBlueWolverine publisher: It's fans care the most - but in a nice way!


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