Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday Stuff

Dartmouth preseason practice schedule (subject to change):

2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 - Practice No. 1
1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 - Practice No. 2
2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 - Practice No. 3
2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 - Practice No. 4
2 p.m. Thursday Aug. 29 - Practice No. 5

2 p.m.  Saturday, Aug. 31 - Practice No. 6
2 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 1 - Practice No. 7
2 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 2 - Practice No. 8
2 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 3 - Practice No. 9
2 p.m.  Wednesday, Sept. 4 - Practice No. 10

2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 - Practice No. 11
10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 - Practice No. 12 (Scrimmage)

2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 - Practice No. 13
2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 - Practice No. 14
2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 - Practice No. 15
10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 - Practice No. 16 (Scrimmage)

4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 - Practice No. 17

Game Week Practices Start
4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16- Thursday, Sept. 19
Friday, Sept. 20 - Travel to Florida
Saturday, Sept. 21 - Game at Jacksonville

A reminder that reports are posted on BGA Premium after EVERY Dartmouth practice starting tomorrow night.
The Oklahoman has a column about the future of football that includes this (LINK):
Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens, for one, tried something radical in 2010. He stopped having players tackle each other in practice.
Instead, they worked on tackling better. Teevens and his coaches broke down film of thousands of tackles and realized different positions tackle differently. So, the coaches focused on the kind of tackling each position would use, teaching it with tackling dummies, pads and cushions.
Something interesting happened — Dartmouth stayed healthier, tackled better and won more.
“If we don’t change the way we coach the game, we won’t have a game to coach,” Teevens said during a 2016 U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on concussions in youth sports.
The Journal Star in Peoria has a story and video about a local team debuting their new Mobile Virtual Players with references to the tackling dummy's origins at Dartmouth University ;-)
Jake Novak, the guru of the Roar Lions Columbia football blog, has an opinion piece on the CNBC page headlined, The real reason college football players don’t get paid. After describing the landscape of big-time football he writes:
The Ivy League and many other FCS and Division III conferences do strike a real student-athlete balance that provides the players a much easier path to a real education and success.
At many of those schools, alumni who played varsity sports tend to be more successful and even more generous to their alma mater than non-athlete alumni. That’s why those schools and conferences are a much more realistic and ethical choice for talented high school athletes and their parents who want to keep their sports and career aspirations live in a realistic way.
Dartmouth starts practice tomorrow. No. 13 Colgate, which will visit Hanover on Sept. 28, kicks off the season today against Villanova in what is referred to as a "Week 0" game. Find Colgate's game notes HERE.

The Colgate game will be televised at noon on the CBS Sports Network.
Given that the Colgate-Villanova result will change the Sagarin Ratings, this is as good a time as any for the first Sagarin report on BGA Daily. Here's how the venerable rankings see the Ivy League and Dartmouth's opponents, keeping in mind that Sagarin doesn't take into account personnel returning or lost but is based on wins-losses by the ranked teams and their opponents.

116 Princeton
139 Dartmouth
153 Yale
150 Harvard
189 Penn
199 Columbia
212 Cornell
232 Brown

147 Colgate
243 Marist
252 Jacksonville

For comparison, here's a look at the nonconference opponents for the rest of the Ivy League teams:

173 Rhode Island
193 Holy Cross
224 Bryant

210 Central Connecticut
218 St. Francis
222 Georgetown

147 Colgate
222 Georgetown
243 Marist

193 Holy Cross
194 San Diego
229 Howard

141 Delaware
207 Sacred Heart
235 Lafayette

235 Lafayette
241 Bucknell
249 Butler

171 Richmond
193 Holy Cross
223 Fordham

Average Nonconference Opponent
194.3 Penn
195.7 Yale
196.7 Brown
204.0 Cornell
205.3 Harvard
214.0 Dartmouth
216.7 Columbia
241.7 Princeton