Friday, August 23, 2019

Depth Of Quality Indeed

As a former beat writer covering Princeton, Craig Haley has a pretty good grasp on Ivy League football. His outlook for the conference on the STATS site begins this way:
When you can list half of the Ivy League teams as title contenders and realize you forgot to include Harvard, it underscores the depth of quality teams this year.
Green Alert Take: Craig is spot on!

Here's how his rankings look:
1. Yale
2. Dartmouth
3. Princeton
4. Harvard
5. Columbia
6. Penn
7. Cornell
8. Brown

Green Alert Take: Given a do-over Craig might move a couple of teams around as a result of late roster changes. The transfer of Boston College quarterback EJ Perry to Brown doesn't get a mention and at least two of the names included in the "Key Players" section of the Princeton capsule – both returning All-Ivy honorees – are no longer listed on the Tiger roster.

Of Dartmouth, Craig writes:
Dartmouth has gone 6-1 or 5-2 in league play in five of the last six seasons under Teevens, who is four wins shy of 100 with the Big Green. They dominated at both lines of scrimmage last year and have to fill graduation losses. The Big Green surrendered only 12 points per game, ranking second in the FCS to Patriot League champ Colgate (conveniently they meet on Sept. 28). The dominating defense will continue behind CB Swann, who collected an FCS-high nine interceptions and added nine breakups while winning Ivy defensive player of the year. The offense has two styles with wildcat QB Gerbino (team-high 700 rushing yards and eight TDs) and Kyler (155.5 passing efficiency, No. 7 in FCS).
CLICK HERE to read the full piece on STATS.

(For more about the impact of the roster changes at Princeton be sure to check out the preview of the Tigers in tonight's opponent installment on BGA Premium.)
I don't spend much time on the Ivy League's official web page for football, which for some reason still features on its front page a video headlined "Douchee Earns Special Teams Player Of The Week," even though Jeremiah last played for Dartmouth in 2017.

That said, the Ivy League is posting a different historical note each day for 150 days as part of its celebration of the first football game featuring Princeton against Rutgers. Having learned at the Ivy media day that the league had done a week of Dartmouth facts I went looking for them. And looking. And looking. Turns out, if you know where to look it's easy to find 'em. But if you don't . . . here's a little help. CLICK HERE to check out the daily football note and scroll down to find the Dartmouth entries pictured below.