Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday News Day


The Offshore Wise Guys have made the road team the favorite in all four Ivy League games this weekend, led by Dartmouth as an 18-point choice at Columbia. Elsewhere . . .

Princeton is a 19-point favorite at Harvard
Cornell is a nine-point favorite at Brown
Yale is a four-point favorite at Penn
CLICK HERE for Kirkbride's midseason highlights.
Jordan Kirkbride, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound three-star tight end from Bishop Hartley High School and Columbus, Ohio, has tweeted his intention to continue his academic and athletic career at Dartmouth. (LINK)

Kirkbride chose Dartmouth over offers from two dozen schools including Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt as well as a number of the MAC schools and the requisite other Ivies. Find a story about his Ivy League interest HERE and his 247Sports page HERE.
Athlon has Princeton No. 19 in its Power Poll and the Ivy League up to No. 5 among conferences. (LINK)




Monday, October 15, 2018

Coaches Rank Dartmouth No. 25

FCS COACHES POLL
North Dakota St. (26)
650
1
2
Kennesaw St.
622
2
3
South Dakota St.
598
5
4
Jacksonville St.
558
7
5
James Madison
547
8
6
McNeese
491
9
7
Illinois St.
465
12
8
Eastern Washington
459
3
9
Weber St.
451
13
10
Sam Houston St.
375
14
11
Elon
346
6
12
Wofford
343
4
13
Colgate
301
17
14
Towson
297
18
15
Central Arkansas
292
16
16
UC Davis
279
19
17
Stony Brook
187
20
18t
North Carolina A&T
184
10
18t
PRINCETON
184
21
20
Maine
176
22
21
East Tennessee St.
134
24
22
Nicholls
131
11
23
Rhode Island
129
15
24
DARTMOUTH
74
NR
25
Delaware
64
NR
Others Receiving Votes: North Dakota, 37; Northern Iowa, 15; Montana St., 13; Idaho St., 12; Florida A&M, 11; Chattanooga, 8; Missouri St., 8; Montana, 4; Northern Arizona, 2; Villanova, 2; South 
Dakota, 1
STATS POLL
North Dakota State (6-0)
4000 (160)
1
2
South Dakota State (4-1)
3762
2
3
Kennesaw State (6-1)
3690
3
4
James Madison (5-2)
3437
6
5
Jacksonville State (5-1)
3272
8
6
McNeese (5-1)
2994
9
7
Weber State (4-2)
2884
13
8
Illinois State (5-1)
2701
12
9
Eastern Washington (5-2)
2693
4
10
UC Davis (5-1)
2366
14
11
Elon (4-2)
2324
5
12
Wofford (4-2)
2061
6
13
Towson (5-1)
1986
17
14
Sam Houston State (4-2)
1977
15
15
Central Arkansas (4-2)
1445
18
16
Maine (4-2)
1415
21
17
Colgate (6-0)
1337
20
18
Stony Brook (5-2)
1326
19
19
North Carolina A&T (5-2)
1221
10
20
Nicholls (4-3)
925
11
21
ETSU (6-1)
847
23
22
Rhode Island (4-2)
775
16
23
PRINCETON (5-0)
618
25
24
Delaware (4-2)
399
NR
25
UNI (3-3)
378
NR
Others: North Dakota (271) , DARTMOUTH (218) , Idaho State(155) , Missouri State (133) , Florida A&M (114) , Chattanooga(110) , Montana State (62) , Montana (52) , South Dakota (22) ,Northern Arizona (21) , Furman (8) , Murray State (1)

Find a Dartmouth release about the polls HERE.

Dartmouth Getting A 'Big'

Adam Will, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman at at Maryland's Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Md., has tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth HERE.

He's one of the Baltimore Sun's, Baltimore area football players to watch. (LINK) He also was named to the Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22. (LINK)

First four game highlights:


His junior highlights are HERE.

If you are a Rivals subscriber (which I'm not but probably should be :-) you can read a Q&A with him HERE.

Monday News



SAGARIN RATINGS
92 Princeton (88)
113 Dartmouth (128)
162 Yale (165)
182 Harvard (174)
186 Penn (182)
199 Columbia (204)
201 Cornell (188)
229 Brown (230)

212 Sacred Heart (201)
213 Holy Cross (214)
228 Georgetown (235)

255 teams with Arkansas-Pine Bluff last
The Dartmouth has a lengthy story under the headline, Examining the unexpected rise of Dartmouth football; The team has shot off to a dominant start with a 5-0 overall record and 2-0 Ivy League record. (LINK)
NPR's Weekend Edition features Dartmouth quality control assistant Callie Brownson:


There's a transcript from NPR HERE.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wrapping Up Saturday

Penn 13, Columbia 10
Traililng 10-6 midway through the fourth quarter, Penn got a four-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ryan Glover to take the lead. Columbia had a third-and-one and a fourth-and-one at the Penn 35 on the ensuing possession and the Quakers stopped the Lions both times. Columbia drove to the Penn 24 on its final possession but an interception with 2:27 gave the ball back to the Quakers, with seven seconds remaining. Penn had 21 first downs to Columbia’s 13 and 206 rushing yards to the Lions’ 75.  Columbia’s two scoring drives covered all of 17 yards. Penn is now 4-1 and 1-1 in the Ivy League. Columbia is 3-2 and 0-2 in conference. Attendance was 6,011.

Princeton 48, Brown 10
Quarterback John Lovett resting an injury suffered the week before? No problem for Princeton as backup Kevin Davidson completed 26-of-39 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start. Jesper Horsted caught 13 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns and Stephen Carlson eight for 127 yards and one touchdown while Charlie Volker ran 13 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers. Princeton piled up a modest, by its standards, 556 yards of total offense to 222 for Brown. Princeton is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League. Brown  is 1-4 and 0-2.

Colgate 31, Cornell 0
The No. 17 Raiders recorded their third shutout in four games and now have allowed just six points in their last five to remain undefeated. Cornell finished with 18 first downs to Colgate’s 17 but suffered three interceptions and a blocked field goal. The Big Red had suffered just one turnover in its first four games. Cornell four times drove inside the Colgate 35 but couldn’t score. The Raiders have allowed just 23 points this fall and now have won their last 11 games. Cornell falls to 2-3 while Colgate is 6-0.

Yale 35, Mercer 28
Kurt Rawlings completed 23-of-35 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns and Alan Lamar ran for 116 yards as  Yale jumped out to a 21-0 lead and held on for the win. Standout receiver JP Shofhi caught six passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Reed Klubnik seven for 86 yards and one score for Yale, which played without 2017 Ivy League rushing leader Zane Dudek. Already leading, 7-0, after a 57-yard Shohfi reception early in the first quarter, the Bulldogs padded the lead on a 41-yards scoop-and-score by defensive back Rodney Thomas II, and then went up 21-0 on a two-yard Shohfi reception set up by his own 19-yard punt return. Mercer is now 3-3 while Yale is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference action. Attendance at the Bowl was 2,861.

Georgetown 13, Lafayette 6
The Hoyas scored all of their points in the second quarter and held Lafayette  to a pair of 40-yard field goals. Georgetown won despite managing just nine first downs, 73 yards passing and 168 yards of total offense. Aiding the Hoya cause were three interceptions thrown by Lafayette and a fumble recovery. Georgetown  is now 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League. Lafayette  is 1-5 and 0-2. Attendance was 4,657

Friday Rerun:
Harvard 33, Holy Cross 31
Holy Cross came from way back to beat Yale earlier this year and almost pulled off the same thing Friday night. Jake McIntyre's 25-yard field goal that went through the uprights with no time left allowed Harvard to salvage a game it led, 30-14, entering the fourth quarter. The Crimson showed a balanced offense with 272 rushing yards and 268 through the air but barely survived. Down 16 points, Holy Cross got a 75-yard touchdown drive and two-point conversion for eight points and then a safety five seconds later to pull within six. Harvard made a stop on Holy Cross's ensuing possession but fumbled away the punt at its 13 and Holy Cross got a TD throw on the first play. With the kick the Crusaders were up, 31-30. Stunned by the 17-point blitz, Harvard took over at its own 29 with 3:34 remaining and marched to the Holy Cross eight in 11 plays before calling time with two seconds left to set up the winning kick. Harvard, which started Tom Stewart at quarterback, is now 3-2. Holy Cross is 1-6. Attendance was 10,056.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday Stuff

Harvard 33, Holy Cross 31
Holy Cross came from way back to beat Yale earlier this year and almost pulled off the same thing last night. Jake McIntyre's 25-yard field goal that went through the uprights with no time left allowed Harvard to salvage a game it led, 30-14, entering the fourth quarter. The Crimson showed a balanced offense with 272 rushing yards and 268 through the air but barely survived. Down 16 points, Holy Cross got a 75-yard touchdown drive and two-point conversion for eight points and then a safety five seconds later to pull within six. Harvard made a stop on Holy Cross's ensuing possession but fumbled away the punt at its 13 and Holy Cross got a TD throw on the first play. With the kick the Crusaders were up, 31-30. Stunned by the 17-point blitz, Harvard took over at its own 29 with 3:34 remaining and marched to the Holy Cross eight in 11 plays before calling time with two seconds left to set up the winning kick. Harvard, which started Tom Stewart at quarterback, is now 3-2. Holy Cross is 1-6. Attendance was 10,056.
The Valley News shares the dramatic story of the stroke Dartmouth freshman defensive lineman Alex Schmidt overcame to continue his football career. (LINK)
The CT Post has a Sacred Heart-Dartmouth game capsule that includes this:
“Good football teams don’t let it linger. We’ll find out what we’re made of. Kids have got to understand that it’s over with and that you can’t change anything. You’ve got to move forward and look to Dartmouth.” — Sacred Heart head coach Mark Nofri on attempting to rebound from last week’s loss
In addition to piling up the points this year, Princeton is unscored upon in the second half. NJ.com has the story.
And finally, former Dartmouth linebacker Gordy Quist '02, defensive back Trevor Nealon '02 and their Austin-based The Band of Heathens have a new album, A Message From The People Revisited. It's Saturday and you've got time. Watch this and enjoy!



Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Feed


California's Tracy Press has a story about family and friends of Dartmouth running back Rashaad Cooper and tight end JJ Jones – who played at different high schools in the city of 83,000 about 20 miles south of Stockton – gathering to watch the Big Green take on Yale last Friday night. From the story:
“If we can all get together and cheer together, it’s like we’re part of the team even though we’re not there at the game,” said Tiah Fehling, Jones’ mother. She arranged to have Buffalo Wild Wings set aside a room for about 100 people — family and friends of the two local players.
“Everybody here is super excited because these are boys from a small hometown and they’re far away and they get to cheer them on,” she said.

Find the Dartmouth game notes HERE
Find the Sacred Heart game notes HERE.

I've never been quite sure what to make of Hero Sports, whose stated intention of publicizing smaller-school sports is commendable. There has been just enough curious material on Hero in the past that I've found myself wondering if its reach may have exceeded its grasp. This from a story last month on GeekWire explains a lot (italics are mine):
Founded in 2014, Hero Sports spent the past several years growing a college sports news content production engine — but it was coming at a cost. The company was paying writers on a per-article basis and future profitability wasn’t looking good. 
That’s when Hero Sports brought in Brad Weitz, a veteran startup advisor with marketing technology expertise who took over as CEO and helped build software that automatically created sports news content using machine learning technology.
The original plan was to use the new system for stories on the Hero Sports website.
All of which brings me to the Hero Dartmouth-Sacred Heart preview.

It finishes with this way:
BennettRank predicts Sacred Heart to defeat Dartmouth by 21 points. BennettRank's record this season is 2-0-0.
Here's the explanation for how BennettRank works (LINK).

Green Alert Take: Think they might want to tweak that algorithm?
ESPN The Magazine, NPR and Vermont's Seven Days alternative newspaper were all in town this week preparing stories on Dartmouth quality control assistant Callie Brownson. A TV station in Burlington filed this report last week:


 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ya Gotta Have Heart

The trailer for Dartmouth-Sacred Heart posted by the Dartmouth football office:



The Harvard Crimson has Dartmouth winning by 21 in its cheeky weekly picks column that kicks off the Dartmouth capsule with a little info about the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris HERE.
The Dartmouth-Yale game, which was carried on ESPNU, has now been archived to ESPN3, where anyone who has ESPN in the cable/satellite package can watch the replay. It's worth a look. ;-)
Speaking of Ivy League football on the ESPN family of networks, the Columbia Spectator looks into the Ivy League moving from its own digital network to ESPN+ while also having some events on ESPNU. (LINK)
Sacred Heart-Penn highlights:


Sacred Heart coach Mark Nofri calls Dartmouth arguably the best team in the Ivy League at the end of his weekly show: