Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Have A Happy . . .

Merry National Signing Day to one and all ;-)
With the national championship game in the books all the numbers have been crunched and the well-regarded Gridiron Power Index final has been compiled. Dartmouth comes in at No. 43.

Here's where the Ivy League teams ranked:
19. Harvard (18.43)
23. Princeton (23.57)
45. Dartmouth (40.00)
50. Brown (43.29)
56. Yale (47.86)
64. Penn (54.43)
95. Cornell (74.14)
120. Columbia (92.86)

Dartmouth's 2013 non-league opponents:
66. Bucknell (54.86)
73. Butler (60.29)
88. Holy Cross (70.71)

Dartmouth's 2014 non-league opponents:
6. New Hampshire (6.86)
88. Holy Cross (70.71)
107. Central Conn (83.43)

And here's how the FCS leagues ranked:
1. Missouri Valley Football Conference (27.00)
2. Colonial Athletic Association (31.06)
3. Ohio Valley Conference (36.17)
4. Southland Conference (37.27)
5. Southern Conference (45.95)
6. Big Sky Conference (46.58)
7. Ivy League (49.32) 
8. Big South Conference (49.83)
9. Patriot League (56.29)
10. Independents (64.36)
11. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (65.26)
12. Northeast Conference (67.49)
13. Pioneer Football League (78.99)
14. Southwestern Athletic Conference (79.70)
Speaking of Signing Day, Lafayette's GoLeopards site is again having online coverage of how the Patriot League school fares.
Interestingly, just days after a national story detailing the health struggles he's facing after the end of his career as a standout NFL special teams player, former Brown receiving great Sean Morey has been named head coach of the Princeton Sprint (nee: lightweight) football team. Find a story here.
No promises on what I'll find, but check back during the day for Signing Day updates. With a little help from those around the incoming players and loyal readers I hope to be able to post throughout the day. Email me links and pictures by clicking here (and then removing the xxx at the start of the address). And don't worry. Everything is confidential ;-)
And finally, the snow is falling here in the Upper Valley and we could get 6-10 inches if we are lucky. With Dartmouth's Winter Carnival this weekend and the snow sculpture under way on the Green, the timing couldn't be better. OK, maybe it could have snowed last weekend, but we'll take it.