Rutgers had a void to fill in its 2019 football schedule due to Michigan and Notre Dame resuming their rivalry. That moved the Rutgers-Michigan game nearly a month earlier than anticipated.
With the shift, the Scarlet Knights were looking for a nonconference foe to play on Oct. 26 — when the game against the Wolverines was initially scheduled — and found one in Liberty. Liberty currently competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, but will join the Football Bowl Subdivision as a provisional member in 2018 and fully for 2019.
Rutgers announced it will host Liberty in 2019. Flames are moving up to FBS. pic.twitter.com/R45ExXprE8
— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) May 13, 2017
The matchup will be the first time the two schools will meet in football, and with Liberty scheduled, the Scarlet Knights have one more nonconference opponent to add to their 2019 schedule.
Since the 2006 season — when Liberty moved up to FCS — the Flames have finished each season above .500, going 82-44 over the last 11 years.