Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top O, Top D

Here are the national leaders in scoring average and points allowed. Go ahead and click the graphic to make it more readable but I can save you some time:

Leading the nation in scoring: Dartmouth at 41.8 points per game.
Leading the nation in scoring defense: Dartmouth at 10.8 points per game.
Maybe the numbers finally got the attention of Craig Haley the FCS guru for STATS who also pulls together the Athlon Power Poll. This week Dartmouth has leapfrogged Princeton, which, to its credit, is second in the nation in scoring and fifth in scoring defense:

Athlon Power Poll
1. North Dakota State
2. James Madison
3. Weber State
4. South Dakota State
5. Sacramento State
6. Montana
7. Kennesaw State
8. Northern Iowa
9. Central Arkansas
10. Furman
11. Illinois State
13. Villanova
15. North Carolina A&T
16. North Dakota
17. Montana State
18. Elon
19. Sam Houston State
20. Florida A&M
21. Austin Peay
22. Southeast Missouri
23. Nicholls
24. Stony Brook
25. The Citadel
The Offshore Wise Guys have installed Dartmouth as a 9.5-point favorite at Harvard. Elsewhere, the OWG have:

Princeton as a 21-point favorite at Cornell
Yale as a 4-point favorite at home against Columbia
Penn as a 14-point favorite at home against Brown 

Georgetown as a 10-point favorite at home against Colgate
Marist as a 7-point favorite at home against Butler
Stetson as a 7-point favorite at Jacksonville
Dartmouth's Drew Estrada is the Ivy League special teams player of the week. From a Dartmouth release:
A senior from Argyle, Texas, Estrada broke a school record that had stood for 52 years when he returned four punts for the grand total of 142 yards. The first of those returns went for 87 yards — three shy of the longest in program history — for a touchdown to give the Green at 7-3 lead in the first quarter. He added runbacks of 5, 40 and 10 yards to his ledger which set up a total of 17 more Dartmouth points.
Here's the 87-yard return: