Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Here Comes Week Two

A reminder that the Holy Cross-Dartmouth game will be streamed on the Patriot League Network HERE.
The offshore wise guys have chimed in on this week's games, including a couple of Ivy-Ivy contests, and here's what they see:

Dartmouth is a 3.5 point favorite at Holy Cross
Harvard is a 16.5 point favorite at Brown
Yale is a 10.5 point favorite at Cornell
Columbia is an 18.5 point favorite at Georgetown
Penn is a 6.5 point favorite at home against Lehigh
Princeton is a 10.5 point favorite at home against Monmouth

Green Alert Take: My biggest disappointment about the advent of legalized sports betting is not getting to write offshore wise guys in the future.
Holy Cross always gets its game notes out early. Find the notes for Saturday HERE.
Rashaad Cooper is Dartmouth's male athlete of the week. Find a short interview with him midway through this VIDEO.
For a story about Dartmouth wide receivers coach Dave Shula that I freelanced for the Georgetown game program, CLICK HERE.
The Ivy League notes coming out of Saturday's opening week of Ivy League play can be found HERE.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This And That

UPDATE: A handful of emailers have asked if the Dartmouth-Holy Cross game this Saturday will be televised or available online. The game will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network. CLICK HERE at gametime to watch. The game also will be broadcast on Charter TV 3 out of Worcester, which can be seen in central Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and northeastern Connecticut.
Dartmouth corner Isiah Swann is the Ivy League defensive player of the week after recording an interception, batting down two passes and making two tackles in the Big Green's 41-0 whomping of Georgetown. Find the Ivy League release HERE.
Listen to Monday night's Buddy Teevens show on 94 ESPN HERE.
Rank SchoolVotesPrev
1NORTH DAKOTA STATE (2-0) 3919 (152)1
2JAMES MADISON (2-1) 3734 (2)2
4NORTH CAROLINA A&T (3-0) 3394 (3)4
5KENNESAW STATE (2-1) 31697
7WEBER STATE (2-1) 290411
8WOFFORD (2-1) 26768
9MCNEESE (3-0) 239916
11SAM HOUSTON STATE (1-1) 22565
12ELON (1-1) 203714
13MAINE (2-0) 185617
14CENTRAL ARKANSAS (2-1) 166318
15VILLANOVA (2-1) 156410
16ILLINOIS STATE (2-0) 145719
17SAMFORD (1-2) 13819
18NICHOLLS (1-2) 118413
19MONTANA (2-1) 93815
20STONY BROOK (2-1) 81224
21UC DAVIS (2-1) 71723
22NORTH DAKOTA (2-1) 677NR
23RHODE ISLAND (2-1) 53125
24AUSTIN PEAY (2-1) 404NR
25UNI (0-2) 37721
Others: Towson (275) , South Dakota (249) , Mercer (221), Colgate (219), Delaware (216), Chattanooga (184), Sacramento State (143), Montana State (112), Western Illinois(87), Richmond (86), Missouri State (54), Northern Arizona (50), Monmouth (38), Princeton (32), Harvard (30) , New Hampshire (28) , Tennessee State (22) , Yale (16) , Furman (12) , Southeastern Louisiana (8) , Idaho (7) , North Alabama (6) ,Southeast Missouri State (5) , Northwestern State (3) , Western Carolina (2) , Prairie View A&M (2) , Dartmouth (1) , Howard (1) , Sacred Heart (1)
1North Dakota St.2-06501
2James Madison2-16222
3South Dakota St.2-05983
4North Carolina A&T3-05666
5Kennesaw St.2-15268
T6Eastern Washington2-14985
8Weber St.2-145713
9Jacksonville St.1-144111
11Sam Houston St.1-13864
13Central Arkansas2-132217
15Illinois St.2-0253T18
19Stony Brook2-117621
21Austin Peay2-111423
22Northern Iowa 0-288T18
23Rhode Island2-183NR
24Colgate 2-06425
25UC Davis2-147NR
Dropped Out: Northern Arizona (22), South Dakota (24)
Others Receiving Votes: Delaware, 36; North Dakota, 36; South Dakota, 32; Mercer, 23; Sacramento St., 22; Towson, 17; Western Carolina, 12; Harvard, 10; Montana St., 10; Southeastern Louisiana, 10; Northern Arizona, 7; Chattanooga, 6; Monmouth (N.J.), 6; Princeton, 5; Richmond, 2; Youngstown St., 1.
Here is this week's Sagarin Rating (Last week in parentheses)
135 Princeton (162)
167 Harvard (176)
170 Yale (152)
179 Dartmouth (199)
186 Columbia (200)
190 Penn (189)
215 Cornell (216)
233 Brown (231)
202 Sacred Heart (202)
205 Holy Cross (205)
235 Georgetown (235)
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And finally, with winter on the way we moved out of the off-the-grid Tiny House yesterday. We weren't the only ones who didn't want to leave . . .

For those of you new to BGA, we sold our Etna (Hanover) home on Moose Mountain in the spring, put most of our stuff in storage and spent a thoroughly relaxing summer in what one wag called a "Unabomber shack." We are continuing the search for a waterfront home on one of the Upper Valley's lakes and will be renting a more traditional abode until we find our lake house. And if that doesn't happen before spring, we would jump at the chance to move back to our little Shangri-la.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Wrapping It Up

Watch the Dartmouth highlight package above.

For highlights from the radio broadcast on 94 ESPN, CLICK HERE.
The Georgetown Voice has a game recap HERE. The Dartmouth Sports Weekly unaccountably has a picture from a night game against Penn on the cover and just seven sentences about football in an eight-page edition. (LINK)
A couple of interesting tidbits from Craig Haley at STATS:
Ivy League teams are always the final college football teams to begin their season, but they started fast once again with a 5-3 record. While defending Ivy champ Yale fell in overtime to Holy Cross, Harvard beat defending Pioneer Football League champ San Diego 36-14 and Columbia posted a 41-24 road win over defending Northeast Conference champ Central Connecticut State.
And . . .
San Diego's first three results are just like last season: beat Western New Mexico at home, lose at UC Davis and cross the country to fall to an Ivy League team - Princeton last year and Harvard this season. The problem is, the Toreros don't appear as strong as a year ago, when they followed the 1-2 start with nine straight wins, including in the first round of the FCS playoffs for the second straight year. They returned only 10 starters after losing plenty of star power and 2017 Pioneer Football League offensive player of the year Anthony Lawrence already has thrown one more interception (four) than last season.
To borrow from Sports Illustrated, here's a Sign of the Apocalypse. The 21-second video below is what the Ivy League posted as a 2018 Season Preview. Dartmouth Football. Big Green Coach Buddy Teevens does his usual fine job promoting his program, but . . .


Green Alert Take: Caution – the gloves are coming off. The abandonment of any semblance of a media day, the self-congratulating preseason coaches infomercial, game notes impossible to find (if they were even done), a bollixed Ivy League football media guide and the video above offered as a season preview combine to suggest one of two things. Either there needs to be an intervention at the Ivy League office or they care an awful lot about kickoff rules and concussions and tackling and the PR surrounding all of that and not one whit about Ivy League football itself. End rant.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week One Roundup

Here's the Week One roundup:

Columbia 41, Central Connecticut 24
The Lions ran their string of nonconference victories to five, their most since the start of formal Ivy League play in 1956. They surrendered 320 yards through the air but held the Blue Devils to 45 yards rushing, forced three turnovers and recorded three sacks. Josh Bean got the start at quarterback and completed 11-of-19 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. Dillon Davis also saw time, hitting 4-of-6 with one touchdown. Dante Miller had a 83-yard touchdown run for the Lions.

Delaware 27, Cornell 10
The Big Red opened the scoring with a field goal but couldn't put any more points on the board until recording a touchdown  with 26 seconds remaining. As advertised, Cornell played three quarterbacks with Dalton Banks (10-for-17 for 54 yards), Mike Catanese (5-of-7 for 57 yards) and Richie Kenney (4-of-9 for 30 yards) all seeing time. The Big Red was within 14-3 entering the fourth quarter. Delaware outgained Cornell, 391-232.

Harvard 36, San Diego 14
With All-Ivy League running back Charlie Booker out, Aaron Shampklin carried 15 times for 178 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson bolted out to a 27-3 lead after one quarter and never look back. Devin Darrington added 98 yards and Justice Shelton-Mosley caught seven passes for 127 yards for Harvard. Shelton-Mosley also returned a kickoff 43 yards. Jake Smith was 13-of-21 for 195 yards with no touchdowns but also no interceptions for the Crimson.

Penn 34, Bucknell 17
Taking advantage of Bucknell  mistakes, the Quakers built a 17-0 lead five minutes into the game and played the Bison even the rest of the way. Penn picked off the first Bucknell pass and turned it into a touchdown. They shortcircuited the next Bison possession by recovering a fumble and blocked a punt on the visitors' third drive. The Quakers limited Bucknell to 36 yards rushing on 35 carries. Jack Soslow kicked 48- and 49-yard field goals for the winners. Ryan Glover played the whole way at quarterback for Penn, completing 12-of-21 passes for 138 yards and running for 48.

Princeton 50, Butler 7
John Lovett, the 2016 Ivy League offensive player of the year before missing last fall because of injury, returned with a bang. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Tigers roared out to a 44-7 halftime lead before taking their foot off the pedal in the second half. Lovett hit Jesper Horsted with a 63-yard scoring pass on the second play of the game as Butler, which made national headlines earlier this year after a win at national power Youngstown State, lost for the first time. Charlie Volker ran for two scores for Princeton, and Horsted caught seven passes for 140 yards for the Tigers, who piled up 540 yards of total offense. Butler was held to 259.

Holy Cross 31, Yale 28 (OT)
Melvin Rouse returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, Alan Lamar ran 42 yards for a touchdown on the Bulldogs' first possession, and Yale followed with a 23-yard TD pass to take a 21-0 lead in the opening minutes. But Holy Cross answered with two touchdowns of its own in the first quarter to pull within seven, held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half and eventually tied the score on a 30-yard Geoff Wade TD throw with 52 seconds left in regulation. The Crusaders won the game on a 45-yards field goal in OT. Zane Dudek ran for a career-high 217 yards for the Bulldogs, but was stopped a yard short of a first down in overtime.

Cal Poly 44, Brown  15
Brown started Michael McGovern at quarterback and the soph completed 25-of-50 passes for 312 yards with one interception. Cal Poly didn't need much passing, running for a mind-boggling 420 yards.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Here We Go

It's opening day for the Big Green and the weather forecast in Hanover couldn't be better. OK, maybe it could be a little cooler for the guys in pads but 80 degrees and "zero percent" chance of rain sounds pretty good for the stands ;-)
The Georgetown Voice preview includes this:
Dartmouth recently made national headlines when they became the first Division I football program to tenure a female coach – Callie Brownson. Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens, told ESPN that Brownson is “as good as anyone I’ve ever had in terms of her skill set.” With all of this publicity, it is the perfect time for the Hoyas to steal a big win.
Green Alert Take: Uh . . .
The local Valley News has a season preview that includes this:
“I see us as outright Ivy champs this season,” said junior linebacker Nigel Alexander, whose squad tied for second place in 2017 and opens a new campaign at 1:30 p.m. today against visiting Georgetown (1-1). “Most definitely, 10-0. Our offense is looking good, and our defense is looking really good.” 
Green Alert Take: To quote the Amazin's Tug McGraw, Ya Gotta Believe!
WTOP radio on Washington has a story about Virginia native Callie Brownson joining the Dartmouth staff. From the story:
The football team at Dartmouth College is finally kicking off its season Saturday. The Mean Green are hosting the Georgetown Hoyas, who are already 1-1 on the season, leading the new offensive quality control coach to quip that just means there’s more film to dissect for a game plan.
Green Alert Take: Beware the Mean Green. I guess they represent Dartmouth University in Vermont ;-)
The Ivy League season opened last night with Brown taking a 44-15 beating by Col Poly. Brown started Michael McGovern at quarterback and the soph completed 25-of-50 passes for 312 yards with one interception. Cal Poly didn't need much passing, running for a mind-boggling 420 yards.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dropping The Ball

The Ivy League opens play tonight with Brown at Cal Poly. As of 9 this morning the Ivy League's weekly release has not been posted.

When they finally do go up you should be able to find them HERE.
Find Georgetown's game notes for Saturday's opener at Dartmouth HERE
Dartmouth's game notes are available HERE.
The Ivy League schedule this week:
Brown at Cal Poly, 10 p.m. Eastern
Yale at Holy Cross, 1 p.m. 
Georgetown at Dartmouth, 1:30 p.m.
Bucknell at Penn, 3 p.m.
Cornell at Delaware, 3:30 p.m.
Columbia at Central Connecticut, 5 p.m.
Princeton at Butler, 6 p.m.
The Washington Post has a localized story on Callie Brownson, Dartmouth's groundbreaking offensive quality control assistant. (LINK)
The Dartmouth has a Q&A with Brownson HERE.
Davidson 91, DIII Guilford 61, with the winner scoring nine touchdowns of 40 or more yards. (LINK)
And finally, if you haven't yet signed up for BGA Premium and don't want to miss any of the regular-season reporting, drop me an email today letting me know and I'll activate your old account or get you going with a new one.

The Georgetown preview and the Fearful Forecast will go up on the site today, a game story and sidebar tomorrow. There will be a follow story on Sunday along with junior varsity coverage. Monday will bring the always popular (although some people hate it ;-) Optimist-Pessimist and then it's on to Holy Cross coverage.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Dartmouth Way

Download the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program Analysis here.
A story begins this way:
Flag football should be the national standard for competition until high-school age, according to a study released Wednesday by the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program.
From the story:
High school and colleges minimize non-game tackling and player collisions by adopting Dartmouth-style instruction and practice standards
And . . .
The Dartmouth-style technique has been widely discussed. In 2016, Ivy League coaches decided to eliminate full-contact hitting during the regular season. 
"I think there's way too much contact at any level," Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens said in the study. "I think coaches are the ones who drive it. [When] I spoke with [the] American Football Coaches Association, I said that our collective body can fix this right now. We design practices. We approve drills. We say yes or no. If we push contact and aggressiveness, our players are going to reflect it and they're going to get hurt.
"It's a real simple equation: The more you hit, the more you will get hurt. [So] minimize contact." 
Green Alert Take: That's high praise for the role Dartmouth and Teevens have played in advancing safety in football.

Green Alert Take II: Hard to believe this mistake could make it into the Aspen Institute's white paper: "In Vermont, where Dartmouth is located and high school football has faded, tackle football at all middle schools has been eliminated, with a mandated shift to padded flag."

The Manchester Union Leader has a Dartmouth preview HERE.
The local Valley News has a blurb about Hanover relaxing its parking rules for home football Saturdays. From the story (LINK):
For Saturday home games, all meters will be enforced until 1:30 p.m., the start time of the game. There are no changes to parking enforcement for the night time games.
During the Saturday day games, prohibited parking spaces, permit-only parking, and other violations will continue to be enforced (with the exception of permit-only spaces on Hovey Lane and Lebanon Street).
There's something kind of funny in an Ivy League football preview in the Daily Pennsylvanian (italics are mine):
If the team can silence worries surrounding (quarterback), particularly in its Ivy opener against Yale, then there is no reason the Big Green can’t win their second Ivy championship in the past four seasons.
What's funny about that? Dartmouth actually opens the Ivy League season with Penn and the Penn newspaper got it wrong ;-)
The first of the Harvard Crimson's tongue-in-cheek Ivy League weekly previews can be found HERE.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It's Official

Dartmouth has promoted Callie Brownson from two-week intern to offensive quality control assistant, making her the first woman to be an on-field coach in Division I football history. (LINK)

In addition to BGA Premium last night, there are stories on SI, Yahoo Sports, ESPN and the Chicago Tribune and STATS among others.
Dartmouth opens the season Saturday against a Georgetown team celebrating (?) 25 years in the FCS/IAA. From the Hoyas' The Third Rail blog:
This season marks the 25th anniversary of Georgetown moving to Division I-AA, a move that was not popular in some quarters of the campus, and by recent results has not been saluted as such. In 24 years, Georgetown is 107-160 in the subdivision some call the Football Championship Subdivision.
One look at those 107 wins tells the story of the last quarter century as well as any. In the first eight years of I-AA, Georgetown won 53 games, or 6.6 per season. In the last 17 years, Georgetown has won 54, or 3.1 per season.
Read a comprehensive history of a program that seems never to have been quite sure where it wants to go on The Third Rail HERE.