With many of their matchups involving just a short drive, the Ivy and Patriot leagues continue to set the standard with heated matchups. Their teams met 14 times last season, with Patriot League teams claiming eight wins, and they'll meet another 12 times in 2017. Over the last six seasons, the two academically elite conferences have squared off 90 times with results deadlocked.
All of the teams are involved this year except Ivy League member Brown, while all three Yale non-league games are against Patriot opponents. In a spotlight game, Penn, which has won a share of the last two Ivy titles, will visit defending Patriot champ Lehigh on Sept. 23.Ivy League teams will play three games against Georgetown and Lehigh, two against Holy Cross and one each against Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham and Lafayette.
2017 Ivy League-Patriot League Schedule
Sept. 23 Georgetown
Sept. 30 Colgate
Oct. 14 Bucknell
Sept. 23 Holy Cross
Sept. 30 at Georgetown
Oct. 14 Lafayette
Sept. 23 at Lehigh
Sept. 23 at Lafayette
Oct. 7 Georgetown
Sept. 16 at Lehigh
Sept. 30 at Fordham
Oct. 14 Holy Cross
Green Alert Take: Ivy and Patriot League teams met 20 times in 1990. They met 20 times again in 2000. This fall there will be just a dozen games between the two premier academic conferences in the nation. It has been said in this electronic precinct before and it will be said again, but the Ivy League's move away from scheduling Patriot League opponents is tremendously disappointing.
•Through the wonders of the internet the Deseret News out in Utah picked up on yesterday's story in The Dartmouth about Tanner Aiono, Anders Peterson and Justin Call playing football at Dartmouth after serving as Mormon missionaries.
Green Alert Take: While the story doesn't add much to what was already reported in The D it certainly shouldn't hurt Dartmouth's chances when recruiting high school football players planning to go on a mission.
•The Dartmouth has a "Moment of the Year" story and after seeing the headline I couldn't help but think how odd it is that a moment from a "down" year for Big Green football absolutely needed to be one of the five finalists.
It was good to see The D recognize the significance of the football team's first win over New Hampshire since the Bicentennial (that would be 1976 for those of you who are too young to know ;-) and include it among the final five.
•ESPN has a nice story about Penn grad-turned-Detroit Lion Brandon Copeland under the headline, Lions DE takes Wall Street gig while living on 15 percent of NFL salary. (LINK)
•That Certain Dartmouth '14-turned-Yellowstone ranger is in the air on her way to San Diego as we speak in preparation for her 2,650-mile hike from the Mexican border to the Canadian border on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Maybe the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree given that I bicycled twice across the country ;-)
TCD'14 shared this picture of everything she and her hiking partner (who already successfully hiked the Appalachian Trail) are carrying on their backs (sans food and water). It amounts to about 12 pounds each. The hike generally takes about five months.
By the way, to give you an idea about how hard they worked at making sure they are traveling light, they bought one of these.
In case you are curious, check out the Pacific Crest Trail Association page on "Thru-hiking and long-distance hiking."