Ivy League Football: Week 3 Conference Power Rankings
With two conference games already in the bag, this week's power rankings have been shaken up after some dominating performances, particularly from a rebounded Cornell squad.
While conference play really starts to kick off in the upcoming weeks, the competition has been greatly amplified as teams set their sights on an Ivy League title.
Here are the Week 3 Conference Power Rankings.
1. Harvard (2-0, 1-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 1)
With its first Ivy League win in the bag in a 45-31 victory at Brown, the Crimson look to defend their conference title. Led by running back Treavor Scales, Harvard will definitely be the favorite for repeating as Ivy League champs.
2. Cornell (1-1, 1-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 4)
Blowing out Yale 45-6, this Big Red team has astronomical potential. The Bulldogs were definitely solid Ivy League competition, and Jeff Matthews and the Cornell offense had no problems en route to a 35-point first half. If Cornell can continue conference play with a defensive consistency, they can be a real threat to the title.
3. Brown (1-1, 0-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 2)
Despite falling to Harvard 45-31, the Bears proved that they can hang with the best in the conference and will not be an easy opponent throughout Ivy League play. Their offense is clicking, and if they can sort out their run defense, which Treavor Scales had no problem tearing apart, the Bears might have a shot to turn some heads this season.
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4. Dartmouth (2-0, 0-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 6)
Despite escaping with a victory on the road against Holy Cross 13-10, the Big Green have started the season with a productive first two games. When they take on Penn this weekend in their first Ivy League match-up, a lot will be at stake for this squad and it will serve as a key indicator to the type of season they will have.
5. Yale (1-1, 0-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 3)
The Bulldogs were absolutely obliterated in their opening matchup in the Ivy League against Cornell. After a strong defensive showing against a tough Georgetown squad, Yale just could not stop Jeff Matthews and the Big Red. The second half proved to be much better for the Bulldogs and Tyler Varga has the potential to lead the offense, but the loss to Cornell will be hard to rebound from.
6. Columbia (1-1, 0-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 7)
Despite falling to Fordham, the same squad that upset Cornell in Week 1, the Lions have shown drastic improvements from last season. Defensively, the squad will have to work on its run defense (which the Rams obliterated over the weekend), a facet of their team that could be particularly problematic especially with the run-heavy Dartmouth and Yale squads in the conference. This weekend's game against Princeton should be pretty telling.
7. Penn (0-2, 0-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 5)
With all the hype that Penn might yet again make a run for a conference title, the Quakers, in their first two games, have looked like everything but an Ivy League champion. In this week's 24-8 loss against Villanova, Penn had trouble generating any offense, and on the defensive side of the ball, they had a difficult time limiting the Wildcats. However, if they can beat Dartmouth to kick off conference play, they could rally around a win to turn their season around.
8. Princeton (0-2, 0-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 8)
The Tigers nearly had their first win of the season until a Georgetown field goal spoiled any dream of that. Having lost nine straight games, the Princeton football program has struggled to build any momentum recently. If they can secure a win against Columbia, who they did, in fact, beat last season, the Tigers might have something to rally around.
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