It is safe to say Yale is having serious defensive trouble so far this fall. Is it so serious that the Bulldogs are turning to a manager to play in the secondary? Nah, but consider this from the notes for Dartmouth:
Four Elis with injuries were helping the team behind the scenes. Seniors Robert Ries (DB), Peter Gerson (TE), Benjamin Bedard (DL) and junior Will Bryan (DB) began the year in that role. Bryan, however, was cleared to play during week 2 and began practicing as a defensive back. He played in the JV game and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown against Milford Academy.
•From the Yale Daily News in the aftermath of the Bulldogs' 63-35 loss to Lehigh on Saturday:
The record books had already been rewritten by halftime in the Yale football team’s Saturday matchup against Lehigh. Through just two quarters, the teams’ 70 combined first-half points were the most seen in any half ever played at the Yale Bowl.
But the Bulldogs finished the game on the wrong side of history. Lehigh’s 63 points tied the most ever scored against the Yale in its 144-year history, sending the Bulldogs spiraling to their first 0–3 start since 1993.
•A lengthy column in the Daily Pennsylvanian rails at the Ivy League ban on football going to the NCAA playoffs.
•Teams of interest in the weekly polls:
31. New Hampshire
30. New Hampshire
•Dartmouth's chances of winning remaining games after the loss to Penn per Massey Ratings:
(at) Yale 90 percent
Towson 65 percent
(at) Columbia 93 percent
Harvard 44 percent
(at) Cornell 82 percent
Brown 87 percent
(at) Princeton 73 percent
•Here's how the wise guys see this week's games:
Dartmouth over Yale by 19.5
Harvard over Cornell by 16.5
Penn over Central Connecticut by 19.5
Princeton over Georgetown by 8.5
Brown over Stetson by 23.5
Wagner over Columbia by 4.5
New Hampshire over Elon by 13.5
Holy Cross over Bucknell by 6.5
Towson over Stony Brook by 5.5