Rutgers' initiation into the Big Ten will begin with games against Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin -- in that order.
The Big Ten announced the 2014 schedule Thursday, and the Scarlet Knights will jump right into the swing of things against the powerhouses of their new conference.
Rutgers' first Big Ten game will be against former Eastern rival and new East division rival Penn State, on Sept. 13, 2014 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Its two non-division opponents are the Badgers and the Cornhuskers. The Scarlet Knights will play eight conference opponents in all.
Their three-game October slate consists of Michigan and games at Ohio State and at Nebraska.
Howard, Navy and Tulane make up the nonconference slate, which is currently incomplete, as the Scarlet Knights need an opponent for their Aug. 30, 2014 opener.
Rutgers' 2014 regular-season finale will be at fellow Big Ten newcomer Maryland.
Here is its 2014 schedule in its entirety:
Aug. 30: TBA
Sept. 6: Howard
Sept. 13: Penn State
Sept. 20: at Navy
Sept. 27: Tulane
Oct. 4: Michigan
Oct. 18: at Ohio State
Oct. 25: at Nebraska
Nov. 1: Wisconsin
Nov. 15: Indiana
Nov. 22: at Michigan State
Nov. 29: at Maryland