"We're excited about where we are. We are a young football team--58 of 85 scholarship players have three or four years of eligibility left," said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. "I'd be concerned if it wasn't for our senior class. They're very good players and are very strong leaders."
Rutgers will open its 2006 home season against Illinois on Sept. 9, which is the first of three consecutive home games. The Scarlet Knights will then host Ohio (Sept. 16) and Howard (Sept. 23). Rutgers will host BIG EAST foe Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 29. The Scarlet Knights round out their home schedule with a Thursday night Nov. 9 contest vs. Louisville and the home finale vs. Syracuse (Nov. 25).