Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Cornell Spoils

Dartmouth linebacker Flo Orimolade was selected the Ivy League defensive player of the week for his performance against Cornell. It's his second such honor this fall. From a Dartmouth release:
Orimolade registered a pair of sacks that proved essential to keeping Cornell out of the end zone on its first two drives of the game. His first sack went for an eight-yard loss during the game’s opening drive, which stalled at the Dartmouth three, forcing the Big Red to settle for a 20-yard field goal. On the next Cornell possession, Orimolade dropped the quarterback for another sack on 1st-and-goal at the six, leading to another short field goal that kept Dartmouth close.
But Orimolade’s biggest play came in the fourth quarter with the Big Green trailing by a score of 13-10. Cornell had pushed into Dartmouth territory and faced 3rd-and-3 at the 39-yard line, but Orimolade jarred the ball free from a ball carrier, allowing teammate Jake Moen to recover the fumble. Nine plays later, the Big Green scored the go-ahead touchdown to complete a rally from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit for the win.
Orimolade finished the game with a team-high six tackles, all solo, to go with his two sacks and forced fumble. The preseason All-American leads the Ivy League in both forced fumbles (4) and sacks (8.0), not to mention third nationally in the former category and fourth in sacks per game (1.0).
Tailback Miles Smith was named to the honor roll  after running 25 times for 119 yards and a touchdown and making two catches for 16 yards.
STATS poll
21. New Hampshire
24. Harvard
42. Princeton

FCS Coaches poll
22. Harvard
23. New Hampshire

Athlon Power Ratings
20. New Hampshire
24. Harvard

Hero Sports
21. Harvard
22. Princeton
27. New Hampshire
35. Penn
37. Dartmouth
50. Towson
60. Holy Cross
61. Brown
65. Yale
74. Cornell
85. Columbia
For what it's worth, this week Massey has . . .

Dartmouth beating Brown 21-10 with 81 percent confidence
Harvard beating Penn, 24-23, with 52 percent confidence
Princeton beating Yale, 38-21, with 88 percent confidence

Next week Massey sees . . .
Princeton beating Dartmouth, 24-13, with 80 percent confidence
Harvard beating Yale, 35-21, with 84 percent confidence
Penn beating Columbia, 28-21, with 74 percent confidence

As for last week, Massey had Dartmouth winning at Cornell, 21-14, with 70 percent confidence.
The offshore wise guys favor Dartmouth by 10.5 over Brown. They also have . . .
Princeton over Yale by 17.5 points
Harvard over Penn by 1.5 points
Cornell over Columbia by 1.5 points

New Hampshire by 7.5 over Albany
Fordham by 6.5 over Holy Cross
William & Mary by 1.5 over Towson