Thursday, November 30, 2017

You Can Only Play Who Is On Your Schedule

There has been a lot of chatter about the Ivy League's non-conference record this fall and with good reason. The Ancient Eight went 18-6 out-of-conference this year, with an impressive 10-2 mark against Patriot League teams.

Keeping in mind that you can only play who is on your schedule a look at the results reveals just two of the Ivy League's wins came against Division I teams with a winning record. Princeton had a victory over 10-2 San Diego and Brown defeated 6-5 Bryant. The only other victory over a team with a winning record came when Penn defeated Division II Ohio Dominican.

Three of the Ivy's six losses out of conference came to teams with winning records, and three to teams with losing records.

Here's how Ivy League teams fared out of conference, with the opponents' final records in parentheses:
W Bryant (6-5)
W URI (3-8)
L Stetson (2-9)

W Wagner (4-7)
W Georgetown (1-10)
W Marist (4-7)

L Delaware (7-4)
L Colgate (7-4)
L Bucknell (5-6)

W Stetson (2-9)
W Holy Cross (4-7)
W Sacred Heart (4-7)

L URI (3-8)
W Georgetown (1-10)
W Lafayette (3-8)

W Ohio Dominican (7-3) Division II
W Lehigh (5-7)
L Central Connecticut (8-4)

W San Diego (10-2)
W Lafayette (3-8)
W Georgetown (1-10)

W Lehigh (5-7)
W Fordham (4-7)
W Holy Cross (4-7

The Harvard Crimson writes about The Game against Yale being played next fall at Fenway Park. (LINK)

Green Alert Take: Harvard-Yale is one of the games on my bucket list along with Army-Navy, Lehigh-Lafayette and Amherst-Williams. Given a choice, if I could see just one Harvard-Yale game I'd much prefer it to be at Yale Bowl or Harvard Stadium.
Playing into the decision to hold the game at Fenway Park is the possibility of renovations at Harvard Stadium. CLICK HERE for a look at architectural renderings showing an addition to the outside of the home side of the stadium as well as a dramatic change inside, where a section of the colonnade appears to be transformed into luxury boxes.
After Aaron Kelton went 8-0 in his first season as head football coach at Williams there were murmurings that the onetime Columbia assistant might one day be a strong candidate for an Ivy League head coaching position. But his win total with the Ephs went to 5, 4, 2, 2 and 2 and he eventually ended up at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. In two years as football coach and athletic director his teams went 0-11 and 0-11. Kelton was let go this week. (LINK)
Craig Haley of STATS predicts the end of the road for New Hampshire (8-4) in its second round NCAA playoff game against No. 4 seed Central Arkansas (10-1), whose only loss came in its opener against Kansas State. (LINK)