Things aren’t going particularly well in Piscataway.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights entered Saturday’s home game against the Michigan Wolverines with an 0-2 record in conference play that included a 58-0 drubbing at the hands of Ohio State just one week ago. However, the game against Jim Harbaugh and company went even worse for Chris Ash and his team, to the point that the Rutgers Marching Band apparently began to play “The Victors” in its own stadium.
For the uninitiated, “The Victors” is Michigan’s iconic fight song and visual evidence can be found here (h/t The Spun):
Earlier in the night, Jim Harbaugh elected to fake an extra point (!) in order to run up the score and, prior to halftime, Michigan held a 43-0 lead that underscored just how lopsided the game was to that point. It seems absolutely inconceivable that a college football program would have its own marching band playing the opposing team’s fight song during a game against that program, but Rutgers is apparently the exception to the rule.
Throughout the second half, there were various calls for running clock on Twitter and pleas to “stop the fight”, lending some credence to the initiative from the marching band to have a little bit of fun here. Still, there is nothing “normal” about this, and Rutgers has a long way to go to join the Big Ten elite on the football field.