The look ahead to the 2022 schedule continues for ranking Michigan State’s football opponents this coming season. Up today is the opponent I deem the second easiest Big Ten opponent, and the fourth easiest game on the schedule overall: the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
2021 Record: 5-8 (2-7 Big Ten)
After a 2020 season that actually saw Rutgers play competitively in the Big Ten for the first time in ages, including defeating Michigan State in the season opener, 2021 was a letdown to a degree. The Scarlet Knights managed a road win at Syracuse in the non-conference schedule and wins at Illinois and Indiana.