2012 Ivy League Football Preview: The Cornell Big Red
It is no secret. Cornell has the most explosive passing attack in the Ivy League, and maybe even in Ivy League history.
Junior quarterback Jeff Matthews dominated every opposing secondary in the Ivy League last season. Composed and confident in the pocket, he will lead the Big Red again this season.
With returning receivers Shane Savage and Kurt Ondash, the Cornell passing game is incredibly formidable and can only get better from last season. The Big Red will face tighter coverage this year, as the rest of the Ivy League attempts to adjust their defensive schemes to slow down the passing attack, but Matthews should have no problem continuing his conference dominance.
While the Cornell offense is capable of putting up anywhere from 30 to 50 points a game, their defense was their downfall last season. A 3-4 record in conference play does not mirror the type of dominance a team with such a dynamic offense should have.
If Cornell wants to contend with Harvard for the Ivy League title, the Big Red will have to improve drastically on defense. The secondary, linebackers, defensive line. All of them could use some work.
The more time the Cornell offense is on the field, the better it is for a Big Red team that can just overwhelm opposing defenses. Considering that Harvard’s weakest link is its secondary, the Big Red are in a good position to upset the Crimson if they can limit the production of opposing offenses.
If they can’t do that, Cornell will just have to hope that Matthews leads the way to the top half of the Ivy League.
Projected Finish: Second Place
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