Thursday, October 27, 2011

Looking Ahead To Harvard

Woke up to a little snow on the car this morning . . .

This week's Teevens TeleTeaser from Dartmouth Sports Publicity:

Dartmouth's game notes have been posted here. From those notes:
The series against Harvard has been a bit one-sided of late with the Crimson winning seven straight and 13 of the last 14 meetings. Neither side has ever won eight straight against the other, and only Dartmouth from 1934-40 had pulled off seven in a row before Harvard’s current success.

Harvard's notes can be found here. A few tidbits:
Harvard has scored at least 40 points in three straight games, marking the first such occurrence since 1932.
And . . .
After failing to force a turnover in the season opener at Holy Cross, Harvard has forced 17 TOs in the last five games.
And . . .
With 116 career victories on the Harvard sideline, head coach Tim Murphy ranks second on the Crimson’s all-time wins chart. Murphy is one win shy of Joe Restic’s school record 117 wins (from 1971-93).
And . . .
Most coaching victories by Ivy League coaches:
Carm Cozza, Yale: 179
Al Bagnoli, Penn: 135
Bob Blackman, Dartmouth: 127
Joe Restic, Harvard: 117
Tim Murphy, Harvard: 116
Harvard, by the way, has the second-highest winning percentage in the FCS (behind only Montana) over the past 13 years.

The Daily Dartmouth has a story about Ivy League representation on NFL rosters. In the story Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens suggests that . . .
... while players on Football Bowl Subdivision teams still receive more exposure than those in the League because they play more games, a year-round emphasis on football in the Ancient Eight has helped to close that gap.

“Spring practice didn’t exist 20 years ago,” Teevens said. “The level of play now is higher. Every year, three, four, five, (League players) have a chance to go to an NFL camp. They’re probably more mature and confident, and you know what you’re getting from an Ivy League guy.”

The Harvard Crimson has a story about standout freshman Seitu Smith. From the story:
Thanks to his 91-yard score two weeks ago, in addition to several other long runbacks, Smith is now ranked fourth nationally in kick return average with 31.1 yards per return.
And against Princeton . . .
The freshman also led the team with a career-high six catches for 54 yards. Tallying 220 all-purpose yards on the day, Smith became the first Harvard rookie in eight years to surpass 200 all-purpose yards in a single game.

Picks by Craig Haley of The Sports Network:
  • Harvard over Dartmouth
  • Brown over Penn
  • Yale over Columbia
  • Princeton over Cornell
  • Holy Cross over Georgetown
  • Lehigh over Colgate
  • Robert Morris over Sacred Heart has an inspiring Day in the Life video with former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a game against Army last year. Do not miss this one. He is an inspiration.

You can be Dartmouth seniors Diego Fernandez-Soto and Anthony Diblasi, as well as former captain Peter Pidermann enjoyed seeing their alma mater, Miam's Belen Jesuit, beat Miami power Northwestern High on a rare free kick. Read the story and watch the video here. There's a Miami Herald story with more details here.
The Ivy League released the media polls for men's and women's basketball yesterday and both results were humbling if you are a Dartmouth fan.
1. Harvard (16) 135
2. Yale (1) 103
2. Princeton 103
4. Penn 90
5. Brown 62
6. Cornell 52
7. Columbia 50
8. Dartmouth 17
1. Princeton (14) 133
2. Harvard (3) 117
3. Yale 103
4. Penn 68
5. Brown 66
6. Columbia 52
6. Dartmouth 52
8. Cornell 21

Five Questions
If you have a question for Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens click here. I'll select five appropriate questions and pose them to the Big Green coach after today's practice. The answers will be included tonight on BGA premium, with excerpts to be posted on the blog.

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