•The Roar Lions blog covering Columbia football uses Dartmouth's class of 2016 as the measuring stick against which all great classes should be measured. From Roar Lions:
(T)he Dartmouth class of 2016, who came into Hanover in 2012, are arguably the best single recruiting class in the modern era of Ivy football.
•Teams of interest in the first FCS Coaches Poll:
28. New Hampshire
BGA Take: I have no idea how the coaches could possibly have Harvard 22 spots ahead of Penn. Wait a minute, yes I do. The coaches don't have Harvard 22 spots ahead of Penn. The people who actually vote for the coaches do.
BGA Take II: Voting in an FCS national poll is a huge headache if you take it seriously. I've been a voter in several relatively prominent polls and spent an awful a lot of time poring over records, comparative scores and schedules. It's not like it is at the FBS level where you can see enough from TV games and ESPN highlights/analysis, and read about them in SI and the rest to make an informed vote. At the FCS level you likely haven't seen anyone other than the team you cover and its opponents, so there's a lot of voting simply on record and reputation. I've elected (pun intended) not to vote in national polls because I don't have the time to spend doing it the right way.
BGA Take III: Yeah, it's pretty sad that I don't think the polls are worth much of anything and still post them here ;-)
•New Hampshire held its Blue-White scrimmage capping preseason camp and the main contenders to take over as starting quarterback combined for five touchdown passes and 436 yards through the air. Trevor Knight completed 15-of-20 passes for 234 yards and three TDs and Adam Reise hit on 12-of-18 for 202 yards and two scores.
Green Alert Take: Those numbers are either good news or bad news for Dartmouth, which will open against its in-state rival on Sept. 17. It's good news if it means the UNH defense is porous. But if it means New Hampshire's usual high-octane offense won't miss a beat with a new quarterback at the helm, it's bad news for the Big Green.
As you'll notice in the video, UNH was playing tackle football ;-)
•Off to practice No. 3 this morning with fingers crossed that the rain stops. Given the rain, the expectation is that a session originally slated for Memorial Field and then rescheduled for Blackman Fields will be on Memorial after all. Read about it tonight on BGA Premium.