PISCATAWAY - Rutgers University will open its second football season under coach Kyle Flood and last in the Big East Conference with a cross-country contest at Fresno State.
Besides the Aug. 29 season opener, Rutgers will play two other Thursday night games, with both being televised nationally by ESPN.
The first will be Oct. 10 at Louisville, which shared the Big East title last season with Rutgers, Cincinnati and Syracuse. The other will be at Central Florida on Nov. 21.
Rutgers will play seven games at High Point Solutions Stadium. The home schedule kicks off against Norfolk State on Sept. 7. Eastern Michigan will then visit Rutgers for the first time the following week and Arkansas will play there on Sept. 21, the first time a Southeastern Conference team will play at the stadium.
After an open week, Rutgers will close out the season with eight conference games, beginning against SMU on Oct. 5. The Louisville game will take place five days later.
Following an open week Oct. 19, Rutgers will return home for games against Houston on Oct. 26, Temple on Nov. 2 and Cincinnati on Nov. 16.
The game at Central Florida five days later will be the first between the schools since Rutgers' 45-24 victory in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl. The Scarlet Knights will close out their road schedule at Connecticut on Nov. 30 and finish the regular season at home against South Florida on Dec. 7.
Rutgers went 9-4 last season, losing its final three games, including a 13-10 overtime loss to Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Scarlet Knights will join the Big Ten in 2014.