Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Worth Noting

A little chest beating in last week's Ivy League football notes:
The Ivy League’s .750 non-conference winning percentage leads the FCS and ranks fourth overall in Division I, trailing the SEC (.825), Pac 12 (.771) and Big Ten (.762).
Of the League’s 18 wins, three have come against the 2016 Pioneer and Patriot League champions, including two wins by the Ivy League over Lehigh (Penn, Yale) and one victory over a San Diego team that reached the second round of the 2016 NCAA FCS Championship last season (Princeton).
The Ivy League also has a win over a ranked team thanks to Dartmouth’s 27-26 overtime victory over then No.-25 Holy Cross on Sept. 23.
Taking a closer look at non-conference play, here's who Ivy League teams had on their schedule, the opponents' records and final result:

3-5 Bryant (W)
2-6 Rhode Island (W)
2-7 Stetson (L)

2-6 Wagner (W)
1-7 Georgetown  (W)
3-5 Marist(W)

5-3 Delaware (L)
5-4 Colgate (L)
4-4 Bucknell (L)

2-7 Stetson (W)
3-6 Holy Cross (W)
3-5 Sacred Heart (W)

2-6 Rhode Island (L)
1-7 Georgetown (W)
2-6 Lafayette (W)

5-4 DII Ohio Dominican (W)
2-6 Lehigh (W)
5-3 Central Connecticut (L)

6-2 San Diego (W)
2-6 Lafayette (W)
1-7 Georgetown (W)

2-6 Lehigh (W)
3-6 Fordham (W)
3-6 Holy Cross (W)

Green Alert Take: The Ivy League can claim just two victories over opponents with a winning record – one a DII school – but you can only beat the teams on your schedule.
Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens has been named to the national advisory board of the Positive Coaching Alliance. (LINK)
Cornell sports information has posted a preview of Saturday's game at Dartmouth HERE.
From the Harvard Crimson (LINK):
With three weeks remaining, and with no tiebreaker for league champions, the Ancient Eight football title race is wide open, with seven of the eight teams still in contention.
The Crimson is correct. The only team mathematically eliminated from the Ivy League race is Brown.
The Crimson has a follow on Saturday's game noting that Harvard coach Tim Murphy pulled out all the stops with the season on the line (LINK):
Murphy threw the kitchen sink at Dartmouth. Then he threw the dishwasher. Had Harvard lost, the defeat would have crushed the team and quashed any remaining hope. But the Crimson has new life. The slate is clean, wiped smooth with a Big Green jersey. A new season—the championship season—begins now.