Saturday, October 22, 2011

Football: Ivy League Week 6 Preview

Yale (3-2) at Pennsylvania (3-2)
Eli dropped a game in Lafayette last weekend. Apparently the Bulldogs tried an onside kick down two points with about 13 minutes left in the fourth. It didn’t work, and the Leopards scored an insurance touchdown. Good hustle, though, boys. Penn had an exciting comeback win over, uh, Columbia. I have no idea what to make of Penn; they’ve outgained opponents by 73 ypg, but have needed two last-minute touchdowns to take down Dartmouth and Columbia. One of these teams is going to emerge 3-0 in the Ivy.

Brown (4-1) at Cornell (2-3)
The Bears remain undefeated against non-Harvard teams, having pounded Princeton 34-0 last weekend. They held Tigers QB Tommy Wornham to a hilarious 11-of-27 for 75 yards. While we’re on the topic of stingy pass defense, Cornell allowed 3-of-10 for 52 yards with two interceptions last weekend against Colgate. The Big Red lost anyway. It’s a beautiful world we live in.

Princeton (1-4) at Harvard (4-1)
Last week Colton Chapple completed a modest 13 passes against Bucknell—it’s just that five were for touchdowns. A 223-to-(-5)-yard rushing edge and four opponent interceptions will do that for a guy. Princeton’s trip to Providence was an all-purpose pantsing. The Tigers gave up twice as many yards as they earned and threw an interception to boot. Even with that loss, though, Princeton has only been outgained by 32 ypg; they should be a tougher out for Harvard than the records would indicate.

Columbia (0-5) at Dartmouth (1-4)
WHRB Sports’ 8-time Defending Ivy League Sleeper Pick has now dropped four in a row. Last week’s not-that-close loss at Holy Cross saw Dartmouth outgained by nearly 300 yards. Which: Oh boy. Nick Schwieger’s 110 ypg rushing accounts for about 42% of the Big Green’s total offence on the year. Meanwhile, Columbia is bad.

Picks to bet your Felipe’s Super Carnitas Burrito on
Penn over Yale; Cornell over Brown; Harvard over Princeton; Nick Schwieger over Columbia.

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