As ScarletReport.com counts down to Rutgers' officially being in the Big Ten on July 1, the today's update deals with playing the top-rated teams in the nation.
It is feasible the Scarlet Knights will face a top-ranked team when it travels to Ohio State for an Oct. 18 game. In that spirit, ScarletReport.com takes a look at games against No. 1-ranked teams.
5. Sept. 8, 2001: Miami, 61, Rutgers 0: This was the quintessential time when Rutgers was a doormat as a football program. The Scarlet Knights were overmatched from the time they got off the bus, and it took no time for Miami to prove it. Rutgers was manhandled as coach Greg Schiano visited the school he was the one-time defensive coordinator. The Hurricanes outgained Rutgers 542-126.
4. Nov. 7, 1981: Pittsburgh 47, Rutgers 3: Future NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers at Giants Stadium, but it was the ground game that so dominant. Pittsburgh ran for 315 yards, but less than 35,000 fans showed up to watch it. Making it more painful was Rutgers actually led 3-0 after the first quarter, but trailed 14-3 at the half.
3. Nov. 2, 2002: Miami 42, Rutgers 17: The Scarlet Knights led 17-14 entering the fourth quarter, and the Hurricanes' 29-game winning streak was in jeopardy. However, Miami showed its firepower at Rutgers Stadium by scoring 28 points in the last quarter. The turning point? A failed fake field goal by Rutgers while holding a three-point lead in the second half.
2. Oct 11, 1980: Alabama 17, Rutgers 13: The Tide rolled in with a 25-game winning streak, and were fortunate to get out of Giants Stadium with the win. Rutgers scored late in the third quarter to pull within four points, but couldn't rally for the upset. Alabama coach Bear Bryant was using the trip to show his team New York, and he almost left as the victim of the great win in Rutgers history.
1. Nov. 6 1869: Rutgers 6, Princeton 4: It's the first intercollegiate football game, which means someone had to be ranked No. 1. …or both. So, the co-No. 1s took to the field and the team who would later become the Scarlet Knights won. It's significant because, after all, Rutgers' claim to fame is it hosted and won the first college football game.