2012 Ivy League Football Preview: The Dartmouth Big Green
Dartmouth was a huge surprise last season.
Ending the year with a 4-1 Ivy League record in the last five games to finish with a 4-3 record overall, the Big Green upset the Big Red and Brown, capping of a joint second-place finish.
However, this was all behind Nick Schwieger, the leading rusher in the Ivy League. Last year’s senior and offensive leader put up 1,310 yards and 10 touchdowns in an impressive season. The Big Green ran the football down the throats of their opponents all season—and it paid off.
This year, without Schwieger, the Dartmouth offense takes a step back. With a new quarterback under center and a new running back, there are a lot of questions concerning what this Big Green attack can do with the football.
On the other side of the ball, Dartmouth had an average defense last season that was only really exposed against Harvard and Yale. However, considering that there were a number of seniors that made up that squad, this year’s Big Green defense will be different.
Dartmouth’s season looks to be up in the air at this point. They may have the potential to surprise the Ivy League like they did last year, but that seems unlikely.
Considering that Princeton will be more mature next season, it looks like Dartmouth and Princeton will be playing for sixth place at the end of the season. Look for Dartmouth to come out on top.
Projected Finish: 6th Place
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