Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saturday Wrap

Saturday wrap . . .

Harvard 45, Brown  28
Rumors of the Crimson's demise were greatly exaggerated.

Yale 49, Cornell 24
The Bulldogs continue to rack up the points and Cornell continues to struggle to stop anyone.

Penn 65, Lehigh 47
Can't anyone here play defense?

Princeton 38, Lafayette 17
Patriot League scholarships not paying off?

Columbia 35, Georgetown 14
Seriously. The Lions are undefeated.

Campbell 49, Stetson 21
Tough, tough year for the Hatters.

Bucknell 34, Sacred Heart 31
Holy Cross looking like the iron of Dartmouth's nonleague schedule.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

(Home) Opening Night

It's game day (actually game night) in Hanover with the Big Green playing host to No. 25 Holy Cross at 7 p.m. The game is not being televised but will be streamed for a charge on the Ivy League network.

If you want to get a free look at Dartmouth's next opponent, check out the Penn at Lehigh game on the Patriot League network at 12:30.
While you wait, here's Dartmouth's highlight package from last year's win over the Crusaders:

Ivy League players on NFL rosters:

LS Zak DeOssie '07 – New York Giants 11th year
FB James Develin '10 – New England Patriots, 5th year

LB Josh Martin '13 – New York Jets, 5th year

C JC Tretter '13 – Cleveland Browns, 5th year

TE Cameron Brate '14 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3rd year
OG Nick Easton '15 – Minnesota Vikings, 3rd year
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 13th year
FB Kyle Juszczyk '13 – San Francisco 49ers, 5th year
TE Tyler Ott '14 – Seattle Seahawks, 3rd year

C Greg Van Roten '12 – Carolina Panthers, 3rd year

TE Seth DeValve '16 – Cleveland Browns, 2nd year

TE Ben Braunecker '16 – Chicago Bears, 2nd year
C Anthony Fabiano '16 – Washington Redskins, 1st year
OG Adam Redmond '16 – Indianapolis Colts, 2nd year
OG Cole Toner '16 – Cincinnati Benglas, 2nd year

QB Alex Torgersen '17 – Washington Redskins, 1st year

Friday, September 22, 2017

One Day More

Sometimes these posts out of the Dartmouth football office "embed" properly and sometimes they don't. This is supposed to be a look at the Big Black's (oops, Big Green's) uniform selection for tomorrow night. (That's a not-so-subtleclue to what they will be wearing.)

If all you see is a big white box, just ignore it and skip down.

Dartmouth's game notes have been posted HERE.
When STATS picks Top-25 games it places an X in front of the team it has winning. Here is one of the picks STATS made this week (LINK):
X-No. 25 Holy Cross (2-1) at Dartmouth (1-0), 7 p.m. - The Crusaders loved their most recent result against a team from New Hampshire.
Dartmouth tailback Rashaad Cooper gets some good ink in his hometown Tracy (Calif.) Press HERE.
A USA Today Walk-on Wednesday story revolves around the USC kicking corps. The story includes a photo with the caption:
USC holder Wyatt Schmidt, also a walk-on, has held for three historic kicks dating back to last season.
From the story:
Though he also had a handful of preferred walk-on offers — including at Dartmouth, where Schmidt’s brother, Foley, was an all-conference kicker at Dartmouth from 2009-11 — Schmidt wound up in Los Angeles, attracted to the sunshine, football tradition and academic prestige.
Wyatt Schmidt is quoted in the very interesting story about how his career has panned out.
Email has delivered a link to a remembrance of former lineman Ben Watts '84, who passed away earlier this week. (LINK)
Former Columbia punter Cameron Nizialek is off to a terrific start as a graduate transfer at Georgia. From a story on the DawgNation site:
Once it became evident to Nizialek that he not only was a good punter but exceptionally exceptional, which was right around his sophomore year, he planned to graduate from Columbia early and seek a Power 5 school that could display his football talents on a bigger stage.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gearing Up For Holy Cross

From the Dartmouth football office comes a trailer for Saturday's game against Holy Cross:

Massey Ratings gives Dartmouth a 49 percent chance of winning Saturday with a predicted score of Holy Cross 24, Dartmouth 23.

Elsewhere, Massey has:
Yale beating Cornell, 35-27, with 73 percent confidence
Harvard beating Brown, 21-13, with 74 percent confidence
Columbia beating Georgetown , 16-7, with 79 percent confidence
Penn beating Lehigh, 35-33, with 54 percent confidence
Princeton beating Lafayette, 38-14, with 93 percent confidence
Bucknell beating Sacred Heart, 21-20, with 49 percent confidence
Campbell beating Stetson, 27-24, with 46 percent confidence


The Holy Cross game notes have been posted HERE.
A Holy Cross video recaps the Crusaders' 51-26 thrashing of New Hampshire on Saturday:

The Mobile Virtual Player continues to make headlines around the world. From Wales Online:
The amazing new invention which could revolutionise the way rugby players practice tackling
Be sure to check out BGA Premium tonight for a visit with an old friend and practice coverage.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Wrap

Dartmouth's Stetson trip saw a reunion of the Florida-bred trio of defensive backs coach Sammy McCorkle, safety Garrett Waggoner '13 (left) and Pete Pidermann '10. Waggoner, now retired from the Canadian Football League, is continuing these days to promote the Cirkul "cartridge flavor infusion bottle system," while Pidermann is practicing law in Miami.
Here's how the offshore Wise Guys see Saturday's action involving Dartmouth and its opponents:

Holy Cross is a 3.5-point favorite over Dartmouth on Memorial Field
Harvard is a nine-point favorite over Brown in Cambridge.
Yale is a 14.5-point pick over Cornell in New Haven
Penn is a three-point favorite at Lehigh.
Princeton is a 24-point favorite at Lafayette.
Columbia is a 7.5-point favorite against Georgetown in New York City.

Bucknell is a three-point favorite over Sacred Heart in Lewisburg.
Campbell is a 7.5-point favorite at Stetson.
Dartmouth scored five touchdowns against Stetson and all five were by players who had never previously reached the end zone for the Big Green. That has to be close to a record ;-)

Tailback Rashaad Cooper – 10-yard run
Receiver Jared Gerbino – 1-yard run
Tight end Cam Poole – 5-yard reception
Defensive back DJ Avery – 30-yard interception return
Tailback Matthew Shearin – 16-yard run
Dartmouth has dusted off its introduction to The Woods video:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Hampshire Bound

Greetings from the airport in Tampa where I'm awaiting a flight to Manchester, N.H., with a change in Washington, D.C. I'll have a chance to grab a shower at home (no electricity = no hot water = a very quick shower at That Certain Former Sports Editor's house). Then it's on to the first Holy Cross practice. Check BGA Premium tonight.
Holy Cross is No. 25 in the latest STATs poll. Northeast teams of interest in the poll:

7. Villanova
15. New Hampshire
25. Holy Cross
29. Albany
33. Stony Brook
36. Princeton
37. Colgate 
39. Fordham
40. Maine
46. Saint Francis
50. Yale
55. Penn
57. Harvard

And in the FCS Coaches Poll, Holy Cross is also No. 25. Quite the coincidence ;-)

Other Northeast teams in that poll:

8. Villanova
16. New Hampshire
25. Holy Cross
37. Yale
38. Stony Brook
38. Saint Francis
40. Albany
43. Princeton
The Dartmouth writes about the Big Green's win over Stetson HERE.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Numbers Are In

Still in Florida before flying home at O-Dark-30 Tuesday, plenty early enough to be in town in time for practice. And still no electricity while we bivouack with That Certain Former Sports Editor. I'm here to tell you it gets a little hot during the day and stuffy at night without AC ;-)
Here's how the Sagarin Ratings changed after one week. To the left of each school is the current rating. In parentheses to the right is the rating a week ago:

144 - Princeton (170)
159 - Yale (201)
181 - Harvard (147)
182 - Dartmouth (193) 
184 - Penn (186)
200 - Brown (213)
215 - Columbia (233)
231 - Cornell (231)

153 - Holy Cross (178) 
209 - Sacred Heart (199)
251 - Stetson (251)

More to come when we get back home. Right now we're headed to the beach. (Darned if I'll spend the money to come to Florida without getting my feet wet ;-)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday Recap

Whooee, that was an interesting Saturday for Dartmouth opponents.

Three games that are hard to ignore would be Harvard's loss to Rhode Island, Yale's pummeling of presumptive Patriot League favorite Lehigh and Holy Cross romping over No. 9 New Hampshire.

Rhode Island 17, Harvard 10
Rhode Island, long a CAA doormat, gave indication it might be turning a corner with a triple-overtime loss at FBS member Central Michigan a couple of weeks ago. An interesting note from the AP: Rhody had won just four games in the previous three seasons and Harvard had lost just four. Rhode Island broke a 10-10 tie on a TD with 1:46 left in the first half and neither team scored in the second half.

Yale 56, Lehigh  28
The Mountain Hawks may be winless but Yale's victory in Bethlehem sent the Ivies a loud message. Kurt Rawlings passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who lost to Lehigh last year in New Haven, 63-35.

Princeton 27, San Diego 17
John who? With Ivy League offensive player of the year John Lovett sidelined, Chad Kanoff hit 32-of-43 passes for 352 yards to lead the Tigers. Stephen Carlson caught three TD passes.

Brown 28, Bryant 23
Junior Nick Duncan passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards and one score for the Bears.

Columbia 17, Wagner 14
Dependable Oren Milstein atoned for a 29-yard field goal miss on the previous possession to nail one from the same distances with no time on the clock to lift the Lions to the win.

Penn 42, Ohio Dominican 24
Trailing a Division II opponent 10-7 at the half, Penn exploded for 35 points in the final two quarters. Sophomore Karekin Brooks ran for 142 yards on just 10 carries to lead the Quakers

Delaware 41, Cornell 14
The Blue Hens jumped out to a 34-0 third quarter lead and cruised to the easy win. Delaware had four interceptions in the first half.

Holy Cross 51, New Hampshire 26
Peter Pujals threw five touchdown passes to lead Dartmouth's next opponent to a convincing win over No. 9 New Hampshire, which was coming off a win over FBS Georgia Southern.

Stony Brook 45, Sacred Heart 7
The Pioneers, who had beaten Stetson, 42-3, got the same treatment from the Seawolves. Sacred Heart's only points came on an Ose Imeokparia one-yard run in the first quarter.