Rutgers Football: Fans and Players Excited for Challenge Against No. 4 Michigan
Rutgers football will be under the lights at home on Saturday against no. 4 Michigan in a game that fans and players have had circled on their calendars since the schedule was released.
The team is off to a rocky start, dropping three of their first five games, but the players and their supporters are putting that all behind them and focusing on Michigan.
Max Ohring, current student and lifelong season ticket holder, says this game is going to be special; there is a buzz around Saturday night that you can feel on campus.
“I have this picture in my head of 50,000 die hard Scarlet Knight fans cheering for the team they love on Saturday night. We stormed the field last time we beat Michigan at home and we want to do it again.”
Rutgers is coming off a lopsided defeat to no. 2 Ohio State last weekend, but the fans are ready to give the team another shot to turn things around against another powerhouse in Michigan.
The Rutgers Riot Squad, the core of the fan base known for energizing the stadium and student body, will be in full force on Saturday and one of their members, Joe Iannini, shared his excitement for Michigan’s arrival:
“We are going to bring the energy from well before the game to beyond the final whistle. We will set the tone for the student section and we are going to get in the heads of Michigan.”
Along with the fans, the football team is focused on bouncing back and impressing onlookers despite being underdogs.
Star player Julian Pinnix-Odrick talked about the tough string of games his team is facing as he looks ahead to Michigan with a positive mindset:
“I think the schedule is perfect. You want to play the best of the best. For people who aren’t in our position right now, it can seem overwhelming. That’s cool but that’s not us.”