Rutgers Football News: Military Appreciation Day: Noon Kickoff vs. No. 3 Ohio State

By Danielle Daniels

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers football will host No. 3 Ohio State at SHI Stadium for a noon kickoff on Nov. 4, the Big Ten announced Monday. The game, presented by McDonald’s, will broadcast on CBS and stream on Paramount+. Tickets are on sale online or by calling 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

It will be the annual Military Appreciation Day. The Scarlet Knights will wear white helmets with the American flag inside the Block R for the occasion, while a flyover by the New Jersey National Guard will take place following the national anthem. The R Heroes initiative is back and has allowed thousands of current and former military personnel to attend Rutgers football games at no charge since 2015.

The Rutgers Boardwalk opens at 8 a.m. and is the place to stop by for giveaways, including “Beat Ohio State” buttons, posters and shakers. To celebrate Military Appreciation Day, The Rutgers Boardwalk will be lined with military vehicles for fans to take photos with. Military organizations will also be on site interacting with fans and offering games, giveaways and more. Also be on the lookout at the Boardwalk to pick up the sixth version of the limited-edition comic series.

The pregame parade and pep rally takes place at 9:30 a.m. and leads to the Scarlet Walk.

As the Scarlet Knights take the field before the game, members of the military community will line the field to welcome the team out of the tunnel. At halftime, the Marching Scarlet Knights will salute veterans with recognition of each branch of the military as part of an arrangement of “Armed Forces Salute.” The 300-member strong band is nearing their national performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In addition, stay tuned for the McDonald’s Fan Hall of Fame (military edition) presentation during the game.

The Scarlet Knights are 5-0 at home and clinched bowl eligibility with a 31-14 victory last Saturday at Indiana. For fans interested in receiving bowl ticket information, please submit the 2023 Rutgers Bowl Interest Form. Details will be sent out as they become available in the coming weeks.

The Scarlet Knights are idle this weekend, while the unbeaten Buckeyes visit Wisconsin for a primetime kickoff.

This year’s contest will be more suitable for TV because Rutgers, who usually at the bottom of the Big Ten East Standings,  is off to its best start since joining the conference in 2014. It has already reached bowl eligibility with last Saturday’s win over Indiana, 31-14, improving its record to 6-2 overall.