What started so well
Went all downhill after that
Rutgers still running
Rutgers is in the Big Ten.
This is a fact. You can see a big “R” logo on the Big Ten website and everything. While my brain knows this, it refuses to accept it. Conference expansion has led to a lot of odd pairings, but Rutgers to the Big Ten has to be the strangest.
At Media Day, it seemed like every other question asked of the players was about high expectations for this season. With 15 returning starters from a 9-win team, that didn’t come as much of a surprise. There wasn’t much we didn’t know about the Navy team back then. There certainly was on Saturday, though, with Tago Smith replacing an injured Keenan Reynolds at quarterback against Texas State. Now there was an element of the unknown. How would Navy react to its new signal caller? How well would Tago direct the offense?
Pretty well, as it turns out.
Saturday’s game between Navy and Temple was a matchup between a seasoned team with a 3rd-year starter at quarterback against another squad with a roster full of freshmen and sophomores. Unfortunately for Navy, there were moments where you couldn’t tell which description applied to which team.