•There are stories galore out of Dartmouth's commanding win over Princeton Saturday at Yankee Stadium but we begin today with news of another commitment.
Pledged to join the Big Green program next fall is quarterback-turned-receiver/athlete Isaac Boston of Springfield Central High School in western Massachusetts. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Boston Tweeted his intentions HERE.
Find his highlight video HERE and a story about his career and commitment to get this far HERE.
Here's a list of commitments culled from Twitter so far by BGA's wide-ranging network of Twitter bird-dogs. Positions are best guesses with height and weights largely self-reported per Twitter and/or Hudl. Corrections aren't just accepted but heartily encouraged ;-)
Dario Arazi, 6-6, 225, DE/OT, Brooklyn Tech/Brooklyn, N.Y.
Josh Balara, 6-3, 290, OL/DL, Dallas /Dallas, Pa.
Isaac Boston, 5-10, 170, ATH, Springfield Central/Springfield, Mass.
Jack Dyett, 6-5, 210, DE/TE, Brentwood School/Los Angeles, Calif.
Thomas Hartnett, 6-3, 290 OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic/Pittsburgh, Pa.
Devon Lingle, 6-2, 202 QB, Fletcher, HS/Neptune Beach, Fla.
Gannon McCorkle, 6-3, 235 DE/TE, Phillips Exeter Academy/Gambrills, Md.
Paxton Scott, 6-1, 183 WR St. Mark’s/Dallas, Texas
Ethan Sipe, 6-5, 260, OL, Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.
•From a Dartmouth release:
Dartmouth defensive end Niko Lalos was chosen as the Gold Helmet Award winner this week as the region’s top player for Division I as selected by the New England Football Writers Association. Lalos is the second Big Green player to earn the honor this season, joining wide receiver Drew Estrada who picked up the honor four weeks ago.Find the full release HERE.
•Dartmouth leads a STATS column headlined, 10 takeaways from Week 11 (LINK):
Dartmouth's Hail Mary that was answered at Harvard last weekend suggests the No. 13 Big Green may be a team of destiny. In the STATS FCS Game of the Week, coach Buddy Teevens' squad beat No. 10 Princeton 27-10 to improve to 8-0 and end the Tigers' 17-game winning streak.
•There are stories galore out of Dartmouth's win over Princeton at Yankee Stadium Saturday. This is not a complete list but you don't have time to read 'em all and I don't have time to find 'em all ;-)
Valley News game story
Valley News sidebar
PrincetonTigersFootball (Jay Greenberg)
The Daily Princetonian
New York SportsDay
•The updated Sagarin ratings (last week in parentheses):
101 Dartmouth (109)
130 Princeton (118)
141 Yale (139)
162 Harvard (147)
183 Columbia (194)
197 Penn (195)
220 Cornell (218)
238 Brown (234)
210 Colgate (213)
247 Marist (246)
256 Jacksonville (253)
If strength-of-schedule is important for any reason, Jacksonville isn't exactly helping Dartmouth. The Dolphins are now rated 256th and drop-dead last of all DI teams in the country.
Keeping in mind that the odds derived from the Sagarin ratings are less "official" than those provided by the Offshore Wise Guys, here's what Sagarin projects this week:
Dartmouth is a 32-point favorite over Cornell.
Columbia is an 18-point favorite over Brown.
Harvard is an 11.5-point favorite over Penn.
Princeton is a 6-point favorite over Yale.
And in case you care . . .
Lafayette is a 1-point favorite at home over Colgate.
Marist is an 11-point favorite at Jacksonville.
And for grins . . .
If Dartmouth were playing at Jacksonville this week it would be a 48-point favorite.
•While Dartmouth and North Dakota State are the only undefeated FCS programs, should there be an asterisk at the end of that statement because four other teams have lost only to FBS opponents?
From Craig Haley of STATS:
North Dakota State - 10-0
Dartmouth - 8-0
Central Connecticut State - 9-1 (lost to Eastern Michigan, 34-29)
James Madison - 9-1 (lost to West Virginia, 20-13)
Florida A&M - 8-1 (lost to UCF, 62-0)
Weber State - 8-2 (lost to San Diego State, 6-0, and Nevada, 19-13)
•And finally . . .
When a sports reporter from North Dakota who is eminently familiar with the best in the FCS writes this (LINK) you know it's a crying shame we'll never see it:
After watching them today, I'll say this once about @DartFootball then I'll drop it:
Dartmouth should accept an invite to the FCS playoffs if one comes. They're sound in all phases. They're athletic. It's a good brand of football. They'd be a seed. Buck tradition and play.Green Alert Take: Meanwhile 3-7 Lafayette is tied for the Patriot League lead after beating Holy Cross Saturday. The Leopards are in line for the NCAA playoffs if they can win their last two against Colgate and Lehigh.