Count ESPN’s Jesse Palmer among those who are fans of the program Greg Schiano is building at Rutgers.

On College Football Final this weekend, Palmer argued the Scarlett Knights are the most improved team in the country.

“They were 0-9 in conference play a year ago,” Palmer said. “They had tough losses in OT against Michigan [and] Illinois recently. They’ve now got two wins on the season. I think you can argue they’re the most improved team in the country.”

There’s no doubt the Scarlett Knights are better in Year 1 under Schiano than they were a season ago. Despite a 2-4 record, Rutgers has been competitive in just about every game.

Rutgers came within an overtime field goal of defeating Michigan in overtime two weeks ago. If that field goal had split the uprights, the Scarlet Knights would be in third place in the Big Ten East heading into Week 7.

Before this season, Rutgers hadn’t won multiple Big Ten games since 2017.

Rutgers will face Penn State at home in Week 7.