Monday, July 29, 2019

Looking Ahead

While I wasn't paying attention Dartmouth filled out its football schedule through 2024. Here's how it looks:

Sept. 19 Jacksonville
Sept. 26 at Towson
Oct. 3 Penn
Oct. 10 at Yale
Oct. 17 Marist
Oct. 24 at Columbia
Oct. 31 Harvard
Nov. 7 at Princeton
Nov. 14 at Cornell
Nov. 21 Brown

Sept. 18 at Valparaiso
Sept. 25 Sacred Heart
Oct. 2 at Penn
Oct. 9 Yale
Oct. 16 at New Hampshire
Oct. 23 Columbia
Oct. 30 at Harvard
Nov. 6 Princeton
Nov. 13 Cornell
Nov. 20 at Brown

Sept. 17 Valparaiso
Sept. 24 at Sacred Heart
Oct. 1 Penn
Oct. 8 at Yale
Oct. 15 New Hampshire
Oct. 22 at Columbia
Oct. 29 Harvard
Nov. 5 at Princeton
Nov. 12 at Cornell
Nov 19 Brown

Sept. 16 at New Hampshire
Sept. 23 Lehigh
Sept. 30 at Penn
Oct. 7 Yale
Oct. 14 at Colgate
Oct. 21 Columbia
Oct. 28 at Harvard
Nov. 4 Princeton
Nov. 11 Cornell
Nov. 18 at Brown

Sept. 21 Fordham
Sept. 28 at Army
Oct. 5 Penn
Oct. 12 at Yale
Oct. 19 Central Connecticut
Oct. 26 at Columbia
Nov. 2 Harvard
Nov. 9 at Princeton
Nov. 16 at Cornell
Nov. 23 Brown

A few things that caught my attention:

• It's a fool's game to predict the relative strength of most football programs years down the road but that 2023 schedule could be a handful because New Hampshire, Lehigh and Colgate all have proud football traditions and when they are down, they don't seem to be down long. If UNH and Colgate don't slip and Tom Gilmore can resurrect Lehigh there's no gimme on that nonconference schedule, particularly with the Wildcats and the Raiders on the road.

• It's good to see Lehigh back on the schedule and Fordham in 2024 is a nice surprise. Interesting that both Patriot League games will be here. The educated guess here is that when the schedule stretches out there will be return games in Bethlehem and New York City. But that is a guess ;-)

• The game at Towson in 2020 will be interesting in part because it's another example of the differences between Ivy League/Patriot League programs and some others. The Big Green beat the Tigers, 20-17, in a down year for the team from Baltimore (4-7). Towson is widely considered a possible top-10 contender this year behind quarterback Tom Flacco, who played two years at Western Michigan, redshirted at Rutgers the next fall and will be playing his second season at Towson this year. The brother of NFL quarterback Joe Flacco will have finally used up his eligibility by the time the Dartmouth game comes along.

• It's good to see Dartmouth and UNH resuming their rivalry. Longtime Dartmouth fans will be in for a treat when they see the new stadium over at Durham in 2021.

• The Army game originally scheduled for 2022 has settled in for 2024 instead. It will be the Big Green's first FBS game since a visit to Navy in 1986. Dartmouth's last visit to West Point came in 1983 when Craig Saltzgaber booted four field goals to help Dartmouth jump out to a 12-0 lead in front of a crowd of 36,637 at Michie Stadium. An Army field goal on the final play of the first half made it 12-3 before the Cadets closed to 12-10 late in the third quarter on the game's lone touchdown. Army's 34-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring as the Cadets escaped with a 13-12 win.
And for those of you who have been following along, That Certain Nittany Lion '16 and his partner made it to the semifinals of the Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament at Hanover Country Club yesterday, losing to the eventual champions, 2&1. (It could have been a conflict of interest for me if they'd gone on given that I was covering the tournament ;-).

As for That Certain Dartmouth '14, she finished 27th overall among 150 male and female finishers in the 50K (31.1 miles) Pikes Peak Ultra trail run in Colorado. The race website lists the elevation gain as 9,000 feet.