Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Quiet Time

With most of the rest of the FCS world beginning their seasons Saturday and the Ivy League still fully 18 days away from opening play we're in the dog days of preseason for the Ancient Eight. And, apparently, of the Ivy League news cycle. Here's all this morning's web surfing brought:

STATS has compiled its championship predictions for all FCS conferences and here's what it has to say about the Ivy League (LINK):
Predicted Champ - Yale: The defending champ returns a league-high 17 starters.
Chief Challenger - Princeton: The return of quarterback John Lovett to the Ivy's best offense earned the Tigers a second-place pick in the league's poll after a seventh-place finish last season.
Big Picture: Prior to a potentially strong season in the league, five of the eight teams earned at least one first-place vote in the preseason poll (Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia and Penn).
Dartmouth opponents Georgetown and Holy Cross don't sniff a mention in the Patriot League prediction, nor does Sacred Heart in STATS' look at the Northeast Conference.
There is an interesting tidbit about the running back situation for the Montreal Alouettes (2-8) in a STORY about their game this Friday night at the Ottawa Redblacks (6-3). From the story:
After Tyrell Sutton went down two games ago, his replacement William Stanback injured a hamstring against Toronto. Ryder Stone got most of the work in practice, with Lawrence Pittman also seeing touches.
Green Alert Take: While there's not much running in the CFL, this could be Dartmouth grad Stone's best chance to shine.
Check BGA Premium tonight for the Dartmouth practice coverage. Last night's story centered around junior Jared Gerbino, who ran over, around and through Princeton on the way to 202 yards and four touchdowns  in the 2017 finale.