Rutgers Football Game 2022: Michigan State Week 11 Preview


How to watch, stream and listen

Rutgers (4-5, 1-5) at Michigan State (4-5, 2-4)

Where: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI

To start up: Saturday, November 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Time: 42 degrees, cloudy skies with 6% chance of rain, winds 12 mph

TV: BTN with Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), Jake Butt (color) and Rick Pizzo (sideline)

Flow: Fox Sports App

Radio: Radio: RWJBarnabas Health Rutgers Sports Network (WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM, Fox Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM/1450 AM) with Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Julian Pinnix-Odrick (analyst) and Anthony Fucilli (line button); WRSU 88.7 FM – Dennis Geissler and Eddie Kalegi; SiriusXM 385, Audacy app, Scarlet Knights app

Series history: Michigan State leads the all-time series 9-4; Michigan State won 31-13 in 2021

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Statistical Leaders


Who passed: Evan Simon – 71 for 123, 57.7 percent, 740 yards, 4 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

Dash : Kyle Monangai – 229 yards on 66 carries, 3.5 ypc, 2 touchdowns (Samuel Brown V, out for the season)

Reception : Sean Ryan- 20 catches for 323 yards, 16.1 ypc, 3 touchdowns

Defense: Deion Jennings – 75 tackles, Wesley Bailey – 3.5 bags, Christian Braswell- 3 interceptions

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Who passed: Payton Thorne- 172 for 267, 74.6 percent, 1,896 yards, 14 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

Dash : Jalen Berger- 465 yards on 179 carries, 4.5 ypc, 5 touchdowns

Reception : Keon Coleman – 38 catches for 574 yards, 15.1 ypc, 6 touchdowns

Defense: Cal Haladay- 80 tackles, Jacoby Windmon- 5.5 bags, Charles Brantley and Jacoby Windmon- 1 intercept

To monitor

When Rutgers has the ball

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Rutgers have yet to eclipse a Big Ten opponent by 24 points. In its 24-17 win over Indiana, the points put up looked like a miracle, especially when they were down 14-0. Samuel Brown V is out for the season. Gavin Wimsatt is inconsistent and inaccurate on this point. The future could be bright once the players mature and grow, but that doesn’t help this season.

The Scarlet Knights have three more games to play and there may not be a win on the schedule. Right now, the team is just looking to put in strong performances on the attacking side of the ball.

When Michigan State has the ball

Take care of football. The last time these two teams met in East Lansing, Michigan State turned the ball over seven times.

Payton Thorne lit up Rutgers last season on his trip to Piscataway. This time around, the Spartans are going to have to find consistency in that area once again.

Keon Coleman and Jayden Reed are good receivers who can create matchup issues. Both are excellent outdoor athletes. It will be an interesting game with players like Max Melton in the secondary.

Rutgers has been strong against the run but also allows just 183.1 yards per game through the air. Michigan State has struggled with consistency this season but has a chance to gain an advantage in the air. This will also open up the ground game. If the state of Michigan becomes one-dimensional, it will be difficult to maintain the impulses.

The Spartans are the heavy favorites on their home turf this time around and rightly so. After wins over Wisconsin and Illinois over the past three weeks, Michigan State could turn things around a bit and play their best ball of the season.

Could Rutgers win this game?

Nobody really expected Rutgers to win this game in 2020, but the defense was able to make plays. This will have to be the theme again if the Scarlet Knights are to pull off a major upset.

Final Thoughts

Michigan State could have the same record overall, with one more Big Ten win, but the feel is different depending on the program. It might be the quarterback or the playmakers, but Rutgers seems to be trailing. Even after the Spartans were much worse than in 2021. A win in this game would be a nice surprise, but Rutgers need to focus on competition. If he comes in and loses by multiple touchdowns, it will only set the team back even further.


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