17 Days Until the Big Ten

Rutgers University sits 17 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 a trip to Ohio State.

Rutgers plays eight games within the conference, and that continues with Ohio State in the first conference away game. Ohio State has a chance to be No. 1 in the country by the time the Scarlet Knights come to town.

2014 Matchup -- Saturday, Oct. 18 at Ohio State.

Series -- First Meeting between the teams.

Last Meeting -- Oct. 18's game will be the first in the series.


Storylines

Remember when Urban Meyer took time away from coaching after leaving Florida? Well he spent a lot of time in Piscataway alongside his duties as an ESPN analyst. Meyer and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano are long-time friends in the business.

Meyer made multiple guest appearances at Rutgers in the summer of 2011, including a speaking role in the coaching clinic and time spent at high school camp.

When Meyer took the job at Ohio State, he made an instant push into New Jersey in recruiting. Meyer signed four-star cornerback Eli Apple out of South Jersey. Apple was one of the standouts of Schiano's final camp at Rutgers, and he has a chance to start against the Scarlet Knights. Apple comes from the same high school as former Rutgers star corner and friend Logan Ryan.

Meyer and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood went head-to-head for wide receivers Noah Brown and Curtis Samuel in the 2014 class. Rutgers finished second for both four-star receivers. Brown and incoming Rutgers freshman offensive lineman Zack Heeman are childhood friends.

Meyer also snagged a Signing Day commitment from Montclair's Darius Slade, who was considering Rutgers earlier in the year and is cousins with defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick.

The Oct. 18 game against Ohio State could bring significant national attention to Rutgers. The Buckeyes have a light enough early schedule that a No. 1 ranking is feasible come game six of the season. The Scarlet Knights have never beaten a No. 1 ranked team (USF was No. 2 in 2007).

The 2002 Miami Hurricanes were the last No. 1 to face Rutgers. They won, 42-17 in Piscataway.

With a stadium capacity of more than 102,000, Ohio State will give Rutgers the biggest road crowd of the Flood era, surpassing 72,543 in the victory at Arkansas.


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