Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Towson Talk

Dartmouth football returns home Saturday to face Towson and while the Tigers are 1-4 they have played the 12th-most difficult schedule in the country based on the won-loss records of "past opposition" according to NCAA statistics.

Towson's results to date:
(5-1) South Florida 56, Towson 20
Towson 35, (3-3) St. Francis 28
(5-1) Villanova 40, Towson 21
(5-1) Richmond 31, Towson 28
(3-2) Stony Brook 27, Towson 20

Richmond is No. 7, Villanova is No. 11 and Stony Brook is No. 26 in the latest FCS Coaches poll. South Florida is No. 29 in the latest USA Today Coaches major college poll.

Schedule Strength (per NCAA)
12. Towson
32. Harvard
40. Cornell
T-47. Columbia
T-47. Yale
61. Holy Cross
63. Princeton
66. Dartmouth
69. Penn
92. Brown
99. New Hampshire

Now, most who follow the Ivy League would scoff at the idea that Harvard has had the toughest schedule so far. In fact, a case can be made that it has had the easiest, or at least one of the easiest schedules in the Ivies. That being said, there's no denying that Towson's 1-4 record is deceiving.

Green Alert Take: Go ahead, try to find the NCAA"Toughest Schedule Report thru games 10/08/2016." You'll get there eventually . . . if you have enough patience. It is astonishing that an organization that brings in money the way the NCAA does has such an incredibly un-user friendly website. And if you do make it to the toughest schedule report, please explain how it can have a 1-5 team's opposition with a cumulative 3-0 record, giving it the second-toughest schedule in the country.
Spencer Brown, Dartmouth's well-regarded head strength and conditioning coach, has penned an article for Training & Conditioning about the Big Green's effort to help players lose football weight after their final season. He writes:
(W)hat happens to college football linemen once their playing days are over? What are they supposed to do with the mass they’ve gained to help their teams win?
For the past two years, we’ve held a “Dartmouth Football Biggest Loser Competition” with our graduating offensive and defensive linemen. By educating them on new nutrition strategies and reworking their fitness programs, we help them drop the weight they worked to gain and maintain in college, setting them up for a safer, healthier life away from the gridiron. 
Find the article HERE.