22 Days Until The Big Ten

Rutgers University sits 22 days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. A new conference means a significantly different schedule. Rutgers faces new opponents in the conference, but there are plenty of storylines with each opponent. We'll look at all of them, continuing with the blackout game against Michigan.

Rutgers plays eight games within the conference, and that continues with Michigan at High Point Solutions Stadium. It's a blackout game, and the second home game in a new conference for the Scarlet Knights.

2014 matchup -- Oct. 4 at Rutgers. Kickoff at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Series: -- First meeting between the teams.

Last Meeting: -- Rutgers faces Michigan for the first time Oct. 4.


Storylines

As much as the Penn State game is a "we've arrived" moment for Rutgers, getting Michigan under the Rutgers lights in the head of the 2014 season is going to be epic.

One of the true, traditional powerhouses comes to Rutgers for the first time. It will be a "blackout game," which often leads to a rowdy crowd and electric environment.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke could be looking for a little revenge against the Scarlet Knights, which blew him out when he led Ball State in the 2008 International Bowl. The Hoke-coached Cardinals lost 52-30 to Rutgers in Ray Rice's final game.

When it comes to Michigan, get ready to see some familiar names when it comes to recruiting.

Former five-star recruit Jabrill Peppers is an easy candidate to play as a true freshman, and a potential matchup between Peppers and former teammate Leonte Carroo would be worth the price of admission.

Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian receiver Freddy Canteen enrolled early at Michigan and made a lot of noise in spring camp. Canteen picked Michigan over runner-up Rutgers last summer. Cornerback Brandon Watson also comes from ECA.

Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, who projects to back up Denard Robertson, comes from the same high school as Rutgers freshman quarterback Giovanni Rescigno.

Michigan vs Rutgers also matches up perhaps the top two tight ends in the conference. Devin Funchess of Michigan is a preseason All-American after 748 yards and six touchdowns last season. Tyler Kroft of Rutgers enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore with 573 yards and four touchdowns of his own.


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