BETHELEHEM, PA – Lehigh’s offensive woes continued against a daunting, precise Princeton team, losing 32-0 in front of a crowd of 7,050 at Murray Goodman Stadium this afternoon.
In 2006, I wrote two pieces for the website I-AA.org about a Fordham/Columbia game I attended. The two crosstown Rivals competed for an actual cup, the “Liberty Cup”, and it was a 9/11 themed rivalry game for a time.
1920 saw the game regain some of its stronghold across the nation as the game continued making its way back on college campuses across the nation.
Despite the bungling and mismanagement of the NCAA, President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors, they still have one final chance to get on the right side of history and submit to reality.
On July 21st, 2020, when David Pollack went on air to suggest that FCS football should permanently become spring football, I cringed.
The Patriot League’s dilemmas, whether the rest of FCS admits it or not, is the FCS’ dilemmas. And as we inch closer to an alleged 2020 college football season, the NCAA needs to make some things very clear before a huge mess happens.
If these are the only two plans that are actively being considered by the Ivy League, it means that, effectively, all out-of-conference games involving Ivy League opponents are cancelled for the fall.
Sixty student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football’s Championship Subdivision have been named to the 2020 College Sports Journal Preseason FCS All-America Team.
Just like that, we are down to the last week of the regular season. Selection Sunday comes to your airwaves thus Sunday November 24th at 11:30 AM on ESPNU. This past week, six of the ten automatic bids were sewn up. Those bids went to Monmouth (Big South), James Madison (CAA), North Dakota State (MVFC), Central Connecticut State (NEC), San Diego (Pioneer), Wofford (Southern). The Southland will be decided on Thursday night, while the Big Sky, Patriot and Ohio Valley will be decided on Saturday. The top 25 this week will look at each team from the prism of the playoffs.
It’s somewhat serendipitous, according to John Feinstein of The Washington Post, that this week’s battle of undefeated teams between Dartmouth and Princeton came to be.
Undefeated Princeton and Dartmouth look to not slip up going into a potentially enormous matchup of undefeated teams in the Bronx.
This week, two of the nation’s unbeaten teams play tricky challengers: one in prime time on Friday night, and the other takes on a rival in one of the marquee games of Saturday.
Last week’s battle of unbeatens ended up not much of a battle – 4-0 Dartmouth jumped all over Yale early and never looked back, crushing the Bulldogs 42-10 and established themselves every bit the frontrunners for the Ivy League title. As we sit and wait for the inevitable clash of titans between Dartmouth and Princeton later in the season, let’s take a look at this week’s games.
Call it “Conference Carnage Week”.
High-profile conference games ended upending conference championship races, and further cementing others on top of the standings.
After the Big Green took it to Penn last weekend on Friday night, Dartmouth returns home for Homecoming in a huge battle between undefeated teams as they take on Yale.
It was a week of thrilling conference rivalries, and it’s the “Military Classic of the South” that yielded the best story of them all.
This week we see a primetime Ivy League matchup in actual prime time, as undefeated Dartmouth and undefeated Penn face off under Franklin Field’s lights.
The Ivy League had a hugely successful opening weekend, as many expected. As a whole the Ancient Eight went 6-2, the only losses coming from a missed two-point conversion attempt by Penn at Delaware, and a furious Harvard rally falling short to San Diego. This week the Ivy League seems poised to have another great week, and additionally league play is starting with two early-season conference tilts.
Without question the top FCS game of the week was the battle of FCS powerhouses in the Fargodome.Returning home after 47-22 victory the week before against Delaware, the heavily-favored Bison had a very tough battle against visiting UC Davis, ultimately winning 27-16 after scoring a late touchdown to finally put the game in the win column for North Dakota State.
Finally the wait is over – the Ivy League awakens from their annual football slumber and rejoins the college football universe almost a full month after the rest of college football has started their season. Top 25-caliber powerhouses Princeton, Dartmouth and Yale finally will be able to prove where they stand in the national picture.
Last season was one for the ages in the Ivy League, with Princeton going 10-0. It was the fourth outright Ivy League title in Princeton history, and the first since 1995. It was also the program’s second 7-0 Ivy season since league play officially began in 1956, and the 13th 7-0 season in Ivy League history, and the first since 2014. 9-1 Dartmouth was a heartbreaking second place to the Tigers, their only loss a 14-9 instant classic at Princeton. This season, will it come down to another battle of unbeatens?
10-0 Princeton had a year to remember in 2018, clinching the fourth outright Ivy League title in program history, and the first since 1995. It was also the program’s second 7-0 Ivy season since league play officially began in 1956, and the 13th 7-0 season in Ivy League history, and the first since 2014.
A wild 5-5 year saw Yale beat both Mercer of the SoCon and an FCS Playoff semifinalist in Maine, but lose a wild game in overtime to Holy Cross and an inexplicable 17-10 defeat to Columbia. A loss to Harvard in “The Game” to close the year left Eli fans wondering what could have been.
A season that seemed like it was going off the rails in October was righted in November, with a three game winning streak and a sweet 45-27 win over their hated Rival Yale at Fenway Park clinching a winning campaign. It was the 135th meeting between the two bitter rivals.
The Quakers remained in the upper echelon of the Ivy League with a 6-4 record and a perfect 3-0 out-of-conference record. They couldn’t get over the hump, however, when it came to challenging the top teams for the title.
It was an epic battle of unbeatens when Dartmouth headed to play longtime rival Princeton in late October. The Big Green’s 14-9 loss in that game would be Dartmouth’s only blemish on the year – a terrific 9-1 season that unfortunately didn’t result in an Ivy League title.
The good news was that head coach Al Bagnoli guided the Lions to their second consecutive winning season. The bad news is that they weren’t able to take that next step towards to becoming Ivy League title contenders, going 3-4 in league play and losing to Harvard and Yale by a combined score of 97-28.
After a trip to Brown and securing a 3-3 record, things were looking bright for the Big Red to finally get back to .500 on the season. Then Cornell fell 66-0 to Princeton, and David Archer’s team would then drop their next three games to fall into the cellar of the Ivy League.
After a 1-9 season, longtime head football coach Phil Estes stepped down as Bears head football coach after an illustrious 21 year career.
It’s May. Spring football is over, and the preseason camps don’t start for a couple months. We are in the doldrums of the FCS offseason. But at this point, everyone is 0-0 and hope springs eternal. 127 schools think they have a shot to make the playoffs and compete for an FCS Championship in Frisco. […]
The word that stands out after watching Princeton out-grind Dartmouth here at Princeton Stadium is “meat”. It was a game a lineman could love – a constant struggle in the trenches between offensive and defensive lines a day when the guys with the numerals in the 60s were the true stars. Sure, it would be […]
When 7-0 Dartmouth faces off against 7-0 Princeton in New Jersey this weekend, it will be the latest day that two undefeated Ivy League teams have faced off since 2001. It’s unquestionably a huge game, filled with Lambert Cup implications (a trophy which is awarded to the best FCS teams in the East) and Ivy […]
The Lehigh football team lost to the Princeton football team 66-7 at Powers Field in Princeton, New Jersey. The Mountain Hawk defense yielded 773 yards of offense to the Tigers – a Princeton record – allowing starting QB John Lovett to rush for 111 yards and pass for 288 more, making him responsible for 4 […]
In Princeton’s game notes, their game with Lehigh is billed as a “local rivalry”. It is true that the campuses of Princeton University and Lehigh University are reasonably close to one another, separated by about an hour and a half by car. And though Princeton and Lehigh have never shared a conference, this will be […]
When: Saturday, September 28, 1:00 PM Where: Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT TV/Streaming: ESPN+(subscription required) Maine Black Bears The 2-1 (1-0, CAA) Black Bears are visiting the Yale Bowl for the first time since 1932, and Maine takes on the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. Maine and Yale last met in 2015 in Orono, marking the […]
Rhode Island at Harvard When: Friday, September 28, 7:00 PM Where: Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, MA TV/Streaming: ESPN+(subscription required) Rhode Island Rams The surprising 2-1 Rams have made a Friday night tilt against the 2-0 Harvard Crimson into surprising must-see TV. Last year was Rhody’s first win over Harvard. The Rams beat the Crimson 17-10 at Meade Stadium. […]
“We’ll fix it.” That was the overriding message coming out of the Lehigh postgame press conference at Penn this Saturday. It came out of the mouth of head coach Andy Coen, and also, in so many words, from starting QB Brad Mayes and the current leader in tackles on defense, LB Mark Walker. And it […]
It was a battle in the first half between Lehigh and Penn. The Quakers were leading, 13-10, and senior QB Brad Mayes were getting the ball back after the second half kickoff. In most years, that’s when the Lehigh football team would be ready to engage in a shootout, perhaps dueling touchdown for touchdown. Instead, […]
Monmouth at Princeton When: Saturday, September 22, 4:30 PM EDT Where: Powers Field at Princeton Stadium, Princeton, NJ TV/Streaming: ESPN+ (subscription required) Monmouth Hawks (2-1, 0-0 Big South) Today marks the first time that the only two New Jersey schools in FCS will meet on the gridiron. Monmouth comes into tonight’s game with Princeton looking to string together three […]
After two weeks, many teams are starting to show the FCS nation who they are. Some teams are racing up the ranking, while some are plummeting down after starting 0-2. There was only one FCS over FBS win this weekend. Maine went down the Western Kentucky and defeated the Hilltoppers despite falling behind 21-0 early […]
College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of the Ivy League. Yale surged to the top of the Ivy League last year thanks to the efforts of RB Zane Dudek and and led the league in rushing yards with 1,133 last season. He returns to the Bulldogs, who […]
Yale Bulldogs Location: New Haven, CT Coach: Tony Reno (32-27) 7th Season at Yale Stadium: Yale Bowl (Capacity: 64,246) CSJ Projections: 1st: Ivy League 2nd: Connecticut 25th: FCS 137th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Great milestones were achieved with the 2017 Bulldogs – back-to-back wins against Harvard in “The Game” for the first time since […]
Dartmouth Big Green Location: Hanover, NH Coach: Buddy Teevens (87-91-2) 19th Overall Season at Dartmouth Stadium: Memorial Field (Capacity: 15,600) CSJ Projections: 2nd: Ivy League 2nd: New Hampshire 41st: FCS 161st: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Two games – two unfortunate, close, agonizing single-digit losses to Columbia and Harvard were the difference. Had only one […]
Princeton Tigers Location: Princeton, NJ Coach: Bob Surace (38-43) 9th Season at Princeton Stadium: Princeton University Stadium (Capacity: 27,773) CSJ Projections: 3rd: Ivy League 2nd: New Jersey 43rd: FCS 163rd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: On October 21st, Princeton sat at 5-1 after a 52-17 throttling of longtime rival Harvard – but then the wheels […]
Columbia Lions Location: New York, NY Coach: Al Bagnoli (247-116) 3rd Season at Columbia (13-17) Stadium: Robert Kraft Field at Wien Stadium (Capacity: 17,000) CSJ Projections: 4th: Ivy League 6th: New York 49th: FCS 171st: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: For the first time since 1996, a Columbia Lions team went 8-2 last season in […]
Harvard Crimson Location: Cambridge, MA Coach: Tim Murphy (168-71) 25th Season at Harvard Stadium: Harvard Stadium (Capacity: 30,323) CSJ Projections: 5th: Ivy League 3rd: Massachusetts 56th: FCS 178th: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: A Harvard football team out of the title race by the time they faced off against their Rivals Yale? That’s indeed what […]
Penn Quakers Location: Philadelphia, PA Coach: Ray Priore (20-10) 4th Season at Penn Stadium: Franklin Field (Capacity: 52,593) CSJ Projections: 6th: Ivy League 7th: Pennsylvania 62th: FCS 189nd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: It was a tale of three seasons for the Quakers: the 2-0 start that were a pair of blowout victories; the 0-4 […]
Cornell Big Red Location: Ithaca, NY Coach: David Archer (12-38) 6th Season at Cornell Stadium: Schoellkopf Field (Capacity: 25,597) CSJ Projections: 7th: Ivy League 10th: New York 87th: FCS 217nd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: Though the Big Red finished with a 3-7 record, a 17-14 win over Harvard and some other close contests seem […]
Brown Bears Location: Providence, RI Coach: Phil Estes (114-85) 20th Season at Brown Stadium: Brown Stadium (Capacity: 20,000) CSJ Projections: 8th: Ivy League 3rd: Rhode Island 102nd: FCS 232nd: Division I 2017 In A Sentence: The Bears finished without a win in Ivy League play and finished just 2-8 overall with the two wins coming against […]
Top 10 Twitter Highlights No. 10. The No. 22/RV Northern Arizona football team scored 35 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 to extend its current winning streak to five consecutive games as it rolled to a 45-31 victory over UC Davis in Big Sky Conference action on Saturday at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. The five-game […]