|1972 record 6–5 (2–0 Middle Three)||Home stadium Rutgers Stadium|
|Conference Middle Three Conference|
Head coach John F. Bateman (13th year)
The 1972 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 1972 college football season. In their 13th and final season under head coach John F. Bateman, the Scarlet Knights compiled a 7–4 record. The team won the Middle Three Conference championship and outscored their opponents 290 to 171. The team's statistical leaders included Leo Gasienica with 1,409 passing yards, J. J. Jennings with 1,262 rushing yards, and Tom Sweeney with 369 receiving yards.