Monday, October 24, 2011

Following Up On Columbia

The Daily Dartmouth features a game story from Saturday's thrashing of Columbia and a column that gives this football season a "C" letter grade. From the column:
Right off the bat, let’s start with the team that had the most preseason hype — including from me. Before the first snap of the season, I really thought this football team was ready to dominate the Ivy League.

The Roar Lions Roar analysis of Dartmouth's 37-0 win over Columbia can be found here.

A story I freelanced a few weeks back on Timmy McManus for the Big Green Sports News has made its way to the Dartmouth football website. Find it here.

For a good look at Dartmouth's next opponent, check out the Harvard Magazine story about the Crimson's 56-39 win over Princeton. A few scary notes from the story:
Harvard has scored at least 40 points in its last three outings. No Crimson team has been so productive since 1932, when coach Eddie Casey’s squad started off with a 60-0 defeat of Buffalo, a 40-0 defeat of New Hampshire, and a 46-13 defeat of Penn State.
And (italics are mine) ...
Backup quarterback Colton Chapple watched the game from the sideline. Only one Ivy quarterback, Cornell’s Jeff Mathews, has thrown more touchdown passes (13) this season, and Chapple’s passing-efficiency rating is the third-best in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
And ...
In last week’s 42-3 rout of Bucknell, Chapple had matched a 58-year-old Harvard record by throwing five touchdown passes.

Not to be outdone, (Collier) Winters threw for five touchdowns on Saturday, adding another touchdown on a one-yard rush.

Winters completed 34 of 42 passes for 403 yards. His 34 completions were two short of the Harvard record set by Neil Rose ’03 at Dartmouth in 2002. Only two Crimson quarterbacks — Rose and Chapple — had previously thrown for more than 400 yards in a single game.
Still on the subject of Harvard, former Crimson captain Carl Ehlirch has penned (keyboarded?) a story about defensive lineman Josue Ortiz that includes this:
Josue's dedication to protein consumption is unrivaled. He admits to drinking 32 ounces of water before bed so his body will wake itself up for a mid-night protein shake.

Lots of movement in your weekly Sagarin ratings (listed below) with last week's ratings in parentheses. Interestingly, Harvard slipped after beating a struggling Princeton team, Penn tumbled after beating a so-so Yale team and Dartmouth dropped after pummeling a winless team. The biggest move was by Colgate, which dropped 22 spots after falling to 6-2 Georgetown.
99. Harvard (91)
112. Brown (120)
179. Yale (163)
194. Cornell (185)
213. Penn (198)
216. Dartmouth (210)
223. Princeton ( 230)
244. Columbia (240)

Non-League Opponents
133. Holy Cross (136)
198. Colgate (176)
233. Sacred Heart (223)

246 teams rated

That Certain Hanover High Graduate ran her final cross country race of the season yesterday in Boston and while this summer's knee problems contributed to a slow start to the year she cut almost 40 seconds off the time she ran on the same course several weeks ago and was smiling when it was over. That Certain Hanover High Senior, meanwhile, is finishing up his main college essay and will have his most important application out within the next week or so.

And finally, The Optimist and The Pessimist will be stopping by Green Alert premium tonight and the hunch here is they both have a lot of arrows in their quivers.

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