Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Another look at the win over Holy Cross from the Dartmouth football office:

Penn's game notes for the Ivy League opener have been posted HERE.

The notes give this indication about where things may be going for the Ivies: Penn's game against Dartmouth is one of three the Quakers will be playing this year on a Friday night. All three are being televised on NBC Sports Network with their game against Yale set for Friday, Oct. 21 and against Harvard on Friday, Nov. 11.
The Daily Pennsylvanian has a column about the Quakers' top receiving threats HERE and a column under the headline, No need to worry about Penn football's early struggles.
Friday's game, by the way, is being promoted at Dartmouth as a "blackout" game.

Be sure to enter the latest NexTitle Sports "Guess the Attendance" contest.

Whoever comes closest to guessing the official attendance for the Dartmouth-Penn game Friday night  at Memorial Field will win a $100 gift certificate for Molly's restaurant in Hanover.

Here's a little help.

Dartmouth's attendance for previous night games on Memorial Field:
2016: UNH 8,296
NexTitle Dartmouth cap
2015: Sacred Heart 7,363
2015: Cornell 3,930
2014: Central Connecticut 7,234
2013: Holy Cross 9,227
2012: Butler 9,089

Last Four Dartmouth-Penn games at Memorial Field:
2014: 3,288 (1:30, rain)
2012: 5,873 (Noon)
2011: 8,117 (6 p.m.)
2009: 3,623 (Noon)

To enter the contest, email your guesstimate by CLICKING HERE. That will address an email with the subject line, GuessTheAttendance.

Or simply email your guesstimate to:

Only one entry per email address.

Check yesterday's BGA Daily for more details

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This And That

Dartmouth has received a commitment from Evan Hecimovich, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman from Naperville North High School in Illinois. Find his Tweet announcing his college intentions HERE. Find his HUDL highlight video HERE.
The new FCS polls are out and Dartmouth gets more respect in one than the other. Teams of interest:

25. Harvard
34. Dartmouth
43. New Hampshire
45. Towson
51. Georgetown

19. Harvard
38. Towson
40. Dartmouth

The early lines are in on this week's games:
Dartmouth by 14.5 over Penn
Princeton by 4.5 over Columbia
Brown by 12.5 over URI
Colgate  by 13.5 over Cornell
Harvard by 23 over Georgetown
Lehigh  by 6.5 over Yale

New Hampshire  by 4.5 over William & Mary
Richmond by 14.5 over Towson
The Cornell Sun has an Ivy League roundup HERE.
In addition to being named Ivy League defensive player of the week, Dartmouth linebacker Flo Orimolade was an honorable-mention selection for the STATS FCS National defensive player of the week. (LINK)
The Dartmouth junior varsity scrimmaged the combined Middlebury varsity and jayvees on Sept. 18 and the Midd quarterback was very impressive. A little Googling revealed that Ivy League teams in need of a quarterback might have missed out on a very interesting transfer who ended up with the Panthers.

Jared Lebowitz is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior who began his college career as a three-star recruit at UNLV. (Find his UNLV bio HERE.) Originally from Vermont, he played two years at South Burlington HS before finishing high school in California. In Middlebury's 40-3 win over Bowdoin Saturday all he did was go 26-for-39 for 369 yards and five touchdowns and run six times for 44 yards and another touchdown. Granted, Middlebury is a DIII program but those numbers are pretty hard to ignore and if he was able to transfer into Midd he would have been a strong candidate at an Ivy school as well.
Dartmouth grad and Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.99 last night with six shoutout innings in the Chicago Cubs' 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. From a Chicago Tribune story:
Hendricks (16-8) didn't walk a batter as he extended his streak of allowing three earned runs or fewer to 22 consecutive starts.
Tentatively scheduled to start the regular-season finale Sunday in Cincinnati, Hendricks is 12-2 with a 1.29 ERA over his last 18 appearances since June 19.
Cubs' starter Jon Lester, by the way, is in Hendricks' corner. From another Tribune story:
“If I had a vote, (Hendricks) would be my vote,” Lester said. “I get to see him every day. I see what he does, how he goes about it, how he prepares, how he goes out and executes. He’s my guy. He’s who I’d vote for right now, tomorrow, the next day, whenever.”
Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, a proud graduate of Patriot League member Lafayette, had a little fun with Hendricks during last night's game. From a CSN Chicago story:
 “After he did not go to third base on that groundball, I went up to him and said, ‘Now, if I were to go to Dartmouth and went to the bookstore…’” Maddon recalled. “And he says, ‘Yeah, I’d go…’
“I said, ‘No, it has nothing to do with going first to third. If I were to go to the bookstore and I picked up a T-shirt, what would the nickname say on the front of it?’ And he said: ‘The Big Green.’
“So I learned something.”
And this from the Tribune story:
“When you’re known as the Big Green, is that like Gumby?” Maddon asked. “Is he your guy? What does their mascot look like?
“Do they have one? They probably don’t because you don’t need to have a mascot if you’re at Dartmouth.” 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Orimolade, Hagdorn Honored By The Ivy League

From a Dartmouth release:
Senior Folarin Orimolade was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week while freshman Hunter Hagdorn took home the Rookie of the Week award following Dartmouth’s 35-10 defeat of Holy Cross on Saturday.
Find the full release HERE.

Monday Fun Day

Find a 2:45 selection of highlights from the game HERE.
The Worcester Telegram game story from Saturday focuses on Holy Cross losing all-everything quarterback Peter Pujals (while also noting the Crusaders' second-team quarterback could play just one series because of injury). Find the story HERE.
The Valley News game story from Saturday's game is HERE.
The weekly rankings/ratings show Yale in free fall after losing a Cornell:

Sagarin DI Ratings (Last week)
110 Harvard (116)
132 Dartmouth
154 New Hampshire (156)
169 Towson (173)
179 Penn (175)
185 Brown (183)
189 Princeton (184)
199 Holy Cross (186)
210 Cornell (218)
215 Yale (199)
223 Columbia (219)

Massey FCS Ratings (Last week)
11 Dartmouth (13)
20 Harvard (12)
31 New Hampshire (31)
50 Towson (42)
56 Brown (53)
62 Cornell (71)
63 Penn (47)
65 Holy Cross (57)
66 Princeton (45)
83 Yale (58)
90 Columbia (78)

West Hawaii Today has a lengthy story about Elliot Kastner, the former Dartmouth defensive lineman and Hawaii Prep graduate's role in the development of the Mobile Virtual Player. CLICK HERE to read the story.
Needing a pick-me-up after losing at Dartmouth, the New Hampshire football team dug deep into its bag of tricks and had a defensive lineman line up at center and start a two-point conversion play by snapping a one-handed lateral (not through his legs) to a wide receiver. He then ran into the end zone as an eligible receiver to catch a pass against Rhode Island. Apparently the play was in the books for the Dartmouth game, but the Wildcats didn't use it. Find the story HERE.
The Buddy Teevens Coaches Show will be available at 6 Eastern on 94.5 ESPN radio. CLICK HERE to listen live. As of late last week it was not expected that Teevens would be available for the show because this week's Friday night game against Penn means he'll be on the field practicing with the team Monday while the show is airing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday Recap

A quick look at how Dartmouth's opponents fared yesterday . . .

Harvard 32, Brown  22
The Crimson's Joe Viviano showed again why he is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback, passing for 205 yards and running for 76 and a pair of touchdowns as Harvard (2-0) built a 25-10 lead at the half. Brown (1-1) closed to 25-16 late in the third quarter and then recovered an onside kick. But it hadn't gone 10 yards, setting the Crimson up at the Bear 49. Harvard took advantage with a four-play drive capped by Semar Smith's nine-yard run to double-up Brown, 32-16. The last of Kyle Moreno's three TD passes closed the scoring with 3:48 remaining. Moreno threw for 302 yards but was picked off three times.

Cornell 27, Yale 3
Cornell appears to have found its mojo and Yale to have lost its way as sophomore Dalton Banks completed 22-of-31 throws for 297 yards and two touchdowns for the surprising Big Red (2-0), who played in front of a Homecoming crowd of 15,493. Cornell built a 24-3 halftime lead as it won its opening two games for the first time since 2009. The Bulldogs (0-2) pulled starting quarterback Rafe Chapple after he completed just 3-of-10 passes with two interceptions and replaced him with Tre Moore, who went 21-for-33 with one interception for 174 yards, but the damage was done. Neither team ran the ball effectively with Cornell managing just 89 yards and Yale 104.

Georgetown 17, Columbia 14
The Lions (0-2) lost their second close game in as many weeks after falling to St. Francis by four points in their opener. Trailing 17-0 at the half, Columbia settled on Anders Hill at quarterback in the second half and piled up 294 yards to Georgetown's 94 after the break. The Lions rolled the dice on a fourth-and-four late at the Georgetown 43 but Hill's completion for three yards gave the ball back to the Hoyas with 3:44 left. After its defense held, Columbia fumbled away the ensuing punt and Georgetown (3-0) ran out all but the final five seconds of the game. The Lions turned the ball over three times and missed a field goal in a disappointing first half.

Fordham 31, Penn 17
The Quakers (0-2) had the ball down seven points midway through the fourth quarter against the Rams (2-1) but were stopped at the Fordham 27. The home team then locked up the game on Chase Edmonds' fourth touchdown of the afternoon. Edmonds, one of the top players in the FCS, ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns and caught four passes for 49 yards to lead Fordham. Penn got 93 yards on the ground from Tre Solomon but just 125 yards through the air from quarterback Alex Torgersen, who was sacked five times on the game and turned the ball over three times in the first half.

Lehigh 42, Princeton 28
Four Princeton turnovers and 461 yards passing by Lehigh's Nick Shafniski spelled doom for the Tigers (1-1), who got three touchdown runs from Ivy League 60-meter sprint champion Charlie Volker. Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff was picked off three times by Lehigh, which a week ago spanked Penn by a 49-28 count. The Mountain Hawks finished with 621 yards of total offense.

New Hampshire 39, Rhode Island 17
Winless URI was within eight points until the Wildcats drove 63 yards for a touchdown with 5:29 remaining and then tacked on a fumble return for a score to put the game out of reach. New Hampshire (2-2) narrowly outgained Rhode Island, 407 yards to 395, but got two TD throws from quarterback Trevor Knight and one rushing touchdown from the first-year starter. Rhody is 2-29 dating back to late in the 2013 season.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Holy Cross On Tap

Headed out the door shortly for the drive through the morning fog to Worcester, Mass. Check BGA Premium tonight for full coverage of Dartmouth-Holy Cross.

Here's today's schedule for Dartmouth opponents:

12:30 Princeton at Lehigh
1 p.m. Penn at Fordham
1 p.m. New Hampshire  at Rhode Island
2 p.m. Harvard at Brown
2 p.m. Columbia at Georgetown
3 p.m. Yale Cornell

Towson has a bye.
From the Worcester Telegram preview of the Dartmouth-Holy Cross game:
"I thought (the win over UNH) was a great win for Dartmouth against a good team,” (Holy Cross Coach Tom) Gilmore said. “They played more consistently than UNH throughout the game and they erased any preconceived notions they would be in a rebuilding year. It looks like they reloaded and are ready to go.”

Friday, September 23, 2016

Looking Ahead To Saturday

From the Dartmouth football office:

The Big Green will go with the classic look Saturday in Worcester:

Dartmouth's game notes are available HERE (but remember what you've read in this space about depth charts ;-).
Surprise, surprise, the prognosticators in The Dartmouth pick the Big Green across the board for the second week in a row. (LINK)

Also a believer this week is the Roar Lions Columbia football blog which writes:
Okay, so maybe UNH wasn't such a good team after all. But Dartmouth's defense is the real deal and the offense has weapons. Holy Cross can be very erratic. I like the Big Green to cover and win.
To watch a FREE stream of the Dartmouth-Holy Cross game on the Patriot League network,  CLICK HERE. Or, if you happen to be in the Worcester area, you can tune in the broadcast on Charter TV3.

If you are technologically savvy you might be able to mute the sound of the video stream and sync Dartmouth's radio call of the game with Adam Giardino and Wayne Young. To listen to Adam and Wayne click HERE.

The Holy Cross radio call of the game will be available HERE. Calling the game will be old friend Dick Lutsk, who did Dartmouth games for several years.
And finally, in case you are wondering, Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals' name is pronounced poo-YAWLS.

Warm up for the game by watching this week's Teevens Teleteaser HERE.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Watch Holy Cross Game FREE

For those of you who can't make it to Saturday's game at Holy Cross, you are in luck. The game will be videostreamed free of charge. From the Holy Cross notes:
Live video streaming of all 2016 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders as part of the Patriot League Network, is available free of charge. To view games through Crusader Vision, visit ‘’.
For a direct link to watch the Dartmouth-Holy Cross game CLICK HERE at gametime.

The Dartmouth call of the game with Adam Giardino and Wayne Young can be heard live HERE.

The Holy Cross radio call of the game will be available HERE. Calling the game will be old friend Dick Lutsk, who did Dartmouth games for several years.
Find the full Holy Cross notes for the Dartmouth game HERE.
The Ivy League's weekly notes are available HERE. Last night's BGA Premium began with Dartmouth Coach Buddy Teevens' thoughts on continuing the series with Holy Cross (he's a fan of the idea) as well as what he thinks about playing other Patriot League teams.

The Ivy notes include this summary of the Ivy League's record against Patriot League teams over the past five years:
Ivy League vs. Patriot League2011 7-9
2012 8-8
2013 8-7
2014 7-7
2015 9-6
Total 39-37
The Yale Daily News has a piece detailing the Yale Undergraduate Sports Analytics Group predicting the Ivy League football race. (LINK)

Here are the percentage chances they worked up for teams to win the title:
Harvard 68.1
Dartmouth 45.0
Penn 12.8
Yale 3.4
Princeton 2.8
Brown  1.5
Columbia 0.05
Cornell 0.02
Green Alert Take: Their first mistake was using the Sagarin Ratings.
The Chicago Tribune has a story about 6-foot-3, 185-pound Lake Forest Academy quarterback Keelan Laidlaw that includes this:
Laidlaw is from Saskatoon, Sask., where he played hockey but stuck with football as a renegade Canadian. He came to Lake Forest Academy to get better at football and to help prepare him for the next level.
In the summer of 2015, Laidlaw attended a football camp at Dartmouth, where a coach told him he needed a year of seasoning in the states before colleges would take a serious look at him.
Speaking of quarterbacks, former Dartmouth defensive coach Joe Moglia apparently has a shortage of them at Coastal Carolina. Craig Haley writes this for STATS:
Coastal Carolina has gotten creative to fill a shortage at quarterback on the depth chart.
Graduate student Tyler Chadwick, a starter on the Chanticleers' national championship baseball team this year, has joined the roster and will begin practicing with the football team, coach Joe Moglia said Wednesday. In addition, two true freshmen who were high school quarterbacks, Jordan McRae and Ryan Lee, have moved over to the position from linebacker and wide receiver, respectively.

Headline from an Ivy League release:
 The Ivy League Advocates to Limit Early Recruiting of Prospective Student-Athletes
From the release:
The Ivy League, continuing its commitment to a student-centered model of Division I athletics, has proposed NCAA legislation to allow prospective student-athletes more time in the recruiting process to make the important decision of where to attend college.
“The pressure on prospective student-athletes to commit to a specific college earlier and earlier is a national issue,” said Executive Director Robin Harris. “It causes stress for prospects and their families, as they are often asked to make a life-altering decision as high school freshmen or sophomores, and sometimes even before they have started high school.
“Our goals are to elevate the national conversation about the negative effects of early recruiting, and to challenge the NCAA membership to change the culture of recruiting that forces prospective student-athletes to verbally commit before they are academically, athletically, or emotionally ready to make their college choice.”