Sunday, November 05, 2017

It's Getting Even More Interesting

Friday, Nov.10
Dartmouth vs. Brown, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saturday, Nov. 11
Penn at Harvard, Noon (NESNPlus)
Yale at Princeton, 1 p.m. (Eleven)
Columbia at Cornell, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Harvard at Yale, 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Brown at Columbia, 1 p.m.
Cornell at Penn, 1:30 p.m. (Eleven)
Princeton at Dartmouth, 1:30 p.m.

(All games except Dartmouth-Brown and Harvard-Yale stream live on the Ivy League Network.)
This week's games and a few pithy thoughts:

Harvard 21, Columbia 14
Joe Viviano comes off the scrap heap to throw two TD passes and run for another to help the Crimson take control of its own championship destiny. Two wins and Harvard earns a share regardless of what happens elsewhere.

Penn 38, Princeton 35
Tigers have a TD catch with five seconds overruled and miss a 31-yard field goal to force overtime with three seconds left. Ouch.

Yale 34, Brown 7 (Friday Night)
Yale's win means only Bulldogs and Harvard control their own fate. If Bulldogs win out they are sole Ivy League champions.

Holy Cross 42, Fordham 20
Tied 14-14 at the half, Crusaders explode all over Rams and are still in the Patriot League championship hunt.

Bryant 48, Sacred Heart 45
Anyone surprised quarterback guru James Perry had a quarterback throw six TDs? Bulldogs score 27 consecutive points in the second half.

Butler 23, Stetson 6
You aren't going to win when the other team has two pick sixes and you have only six . . .  points.
And yes, the seven-team championship scenario is still alive with everyone but Brown potentially finishing 4-3.

Here's what needs to happen:
• Yale (4-1) must lose at Princeton this week and at home to Harvard in the finale.
• Harvard (3-2) has to lose at home to Penn and win at Yale next week.
• Cornell (3-2) has to beat Columbia in Ithaca this week and lose at Penn next week.
• Columbia (3-2) has to lose at Cornell this week and beat Brown in New York next week.
• Dartmouth (3-2) has to beat Brown at Fenway this week and lose to Princeton in Hanover next week.

Green Alert Take: There may be another way for the 4-3 deal to play out but I'm getting a headache so you figure it out ;-) 

Should Yale lose its last two games it's possible a two-loss team could win the title outright.