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History of the Matchup: Rutgers football vs. Iowa

Week 4 of the college football season is imminent and for many programs, Rutgers included, this means one thing: In-Conference play is finally here.

The Scarlet Knights headed to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for a Week 3 matchup against the Temple Owls. In a game in which they were favored by more than 20 points (courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook) by kickoff, the Knights left the City of Brotherly Love with a few bruises and scratches and most importantly – the victory.

Freshman quarterback Gavin Wimsatt joined the growing list of injured players to close out the first quarter. This, coupled with sloppy play and a struggling offensive line, led to Rutgers escaping Philly with a 16-14 victory to move to 3-0 on the season for the second consecutive year. Now – they will look to go 4-0 for the first time since 2012 where they ended up in the top 25 for a large chunk of the season.

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This Saturday’s matchup will be the third time overall where Rutgers and Iowa faced off (2016, 2019) – and all three times will end up being the Big Ten opener for both squads in those seasons.

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History has not been kind to the Scarlet Knights when it comes to the Hawkeyes. Their first matchup came back in 2016, which was not a good year for Rutgers. However, the Iowa game may have been their best of the season. An injury and getting stopped short on third and fourth-downs during a fourth quarter drive halted any hopes the Knights had to upset the Hawkeyes. Rutgers fell 14-7. Several NFL players were in this contest, including Sebastian Joseph-Day from Rutgers and George Kittle from Iowa.

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