PISCATAWAY — The game is an exhibition, which means the result won’t be recorded in the annals of Rutgers football.
But Rutgers coach Chris Ash insists the annual Scarlet-White spring game will have some competitive juice to it.
“We’re not going to run our full package of offense and defense, but it’s going to be the first time a lot of these players have gone into that stadium and played,” said Ash, whose team will contest their third and final intrasquad scrimmage of spring camp Saturday, 7 p.m., under the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium.
“We have so many players on offense and defense that might not have ever taken a snap yet at their position and it’s going to the first time that they’re in the stadium doing that in front of, hopefully, a good number of people. We have to see how they’re going to respond … in front of a crowd in the stadium when the lights are on on Saturday night and see how they handle it. It will be a little different type of evaluation, but we talk about in our culture competitive spirit and competitive excellence, and we want to see who’s ready to make plays Saturday night.”
Count Bill Busch among the Rutgers coaches who wonders how his defensive charges will handle the game-like environment.
“Extremely curious,” Rutgers defensive backs coach said. “Saturday will be good because no matter how you cut it, it is a spring game, but it is on TV. It’s on national TV. So we’ll see how that will affect them.”
Last year, Rutgers moved its Scarlet-White scrimmage to a Friday night for the first time since 2003. The exhibition drew a crowd of 15,782.
The Scarlet-White clash Saturday will also get the primetime treatment, with the Big Ten Network set to air the game live and re-air it several times over the upcoming week.
Here is everything you need to know about how to watch the Scarlet-White game:
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Admission is free, and stadium gates open at 6 p.m. Fans will also be treated to a postgame fireworks display.
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway.
TV: BTN. Rutgers Football Radio Network announcers Chris Carlin (play-by-play) and Eric LeGrand (analysis) will be on the call. Rick Pizzo, Gerry DiNardo, and Howard Griffith will provide studio analysis on the B1G Spring Football Report, Saturday, at 9 p.m. EST.
The game will re-air on the following days and EST times:
Sunday, April 24: 7 a.m.
Monday, April 25, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 27, 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 9 p.m.