Midway through coach Chris Ash's first season, Rutgers is exactly where most prognosticators thought they would be.
The Scarlet Knights (2-4, 0-3) are struggling.
"You guys (the media) are the experts, and in listening to the experts after the first six games, I bet each one of you in this room would have probably put us at 2-4," Ash said. "Probably not with the types of losses that we had in the last two games."
The issue for Ash is the way Rutgers has lost. Aside from a 14-7 loss to Iowa - where Rutgers lost top playmaker Janarion Grant - the Scarlet Knights have been blown out by three Top 5 teams by a combined score of 184-13. After a 48-13 loss to open the season at No. 5 Washington, Rutgers was shut out at No. 3 Ohio State two weeks ago, and this past week at home against No. 4 Michigan.
The past two weeks, the first without Grant, the Scarlet Knights' offense was barely able to move the football. Rutgers completed five passes in the last two games. It took until late in the second half to gain a first down against Michigan in a 78-0 loss.
Quarterback Chris Laviano was pulled in both games. Against Ohio State, freshman Tylin Oden saw action in the second half. TCU transfer Zach Allen played the second half against Michigan. >> Read more