Sunday, May 21, 2017


When I was in grad school some of us got a kick out of Bill Anderson's song, "Double S." (Listen to it here and chuckle . . . or grimace ;-)

Today we bring you "Quadruple S."

Silly Season on Supermarket Shelves.

That's right. Like the legendary but all-too-real black flies of Northern New England, the preseason college football magazines have made an appearance and they're about as hard to ignore as the flies, which generally last from Mother's Day to Father's Day. (Read about them HERE.)

Thanks to a dedicated BGA reader, here's how the venerable Sporting News sees the Ivy League finishing:
1. Penn
2. Princeton
3. Harvard
4. Dartmouth
5. Yale
6. Cornell
7. Brown 
8. Columbia

BGA Take: Really went out on a limb there, huh?

Here's how Sporting News sees the Patriot League, once the Ivy League's sister conference, but now more like its red-headed step-child. (Can you say that today? Probably not.) Dartmouth's only Patriot League foe this year is Holy Cross.
1. Lehigh 
2. Fordham 
3. Colgate 
4. Holy Cross
5. Bucknell 
6. Georgetown 
7. Lafayette 

For what it's worth, Sporting News picks Dartmouth opponent Stetson 10th of 11 teams in the lightly regarded Pioneer Football League and Sacred Heart sixth of seven in the Northeast, which is held in only slightly higher regard than the PFL by the FBC cognoscenti.
While we're at it, Athlon has released its Top 25 and no Dartmouth opponent makes the cut although Penn receiver Justin Watson is on the preseason All-America team. Street & Smith also has its Top 25 out and again, no Dartmouth opponent makes an appearance. Teams of somewhat regional interest in the two magazines:

11. New Hampshire
12. Lehigh
20. Albany
21. Fordham

Street & Smith
19. Albany
24. Lehigh