Ivy League Football: Previewing the Matchups of Week 3
While four squads in the Ancient Eight have already kicked off conference play, after Week 3, all eight Ivy League squads will have had their first league matchup.
Although nonleague play continues for some of these teams, the competition has been elevated particularly because nonleague games are slowly coming to a close as everyone focuses on reining in that Ivy League title.
Here are the previews for the Week 3 games.
Holy Cross (0-3, 0-0) vs. Harvard (2-0, 1-0), Friday 7:30 p.m. ET
Although Holy Cross currently sits winless and holds two defeats at the hands of Ivy League opponents, including Brown who the Crimson took down 45-31 last weekend, the Crusaders remember the significance of this matchup last season. Holy Cross was the only team to beat Harvard last year en route to an undefeated Ivy League season. The Crusaders will try to make sure history repeats itself.
Penn (0-2, 0-0) vs. Dartmouth (2-0, 0-0), Saturday 12:00 p.m. ET
Penn and Dartmouth are starting at opposite ends of the spectrum as they begin conference play. The Big Green have unveiled a solid running game and have two victories under their belt at this point. The Quakers have been anything but solid in their opening games, but they look toward their first game in the Ivy League as an opportunity to change that. This game will be pretty telling on what the upcoming season has in store for both of them.
Colgate (1-3, 0-0) vs. Yale (1-1, 0-1), Saturday 12:00 p.m. ET
Which two teams will win their first conference game of the season?
After a crushing start to the Ivy League with a 45-6 loss to Cornell, Yale knows that it must turn its season around. Despite a solid start to the season with a win against Georgetown and the emergence of running back Tyler Varga, the Bulldogs have a lot of things to adjust if they want to be competitive against the other members of the Ancient Eight. A nonleague matchup against a struggling Colgate squad will be a good opportunity to do that.
Princeton (0-2, 0-0) vs. Columbia (1-1, 0-0), Saturday 12:30 p.m. ET
Last season, these two squads finished at the bottom of the Ivy League, tied for seventh place with one conference win each. This season, both feel like they have a lot to prove to the rest of the Ancient Eight, and it starts with this game. Princeton escaped with a win last season, but the Lions do not intend to be beaten easily. Considering that Columbia has started the season on a much more positive note than the Tigers, it will be the Lions' game to lose.
Brown (1-1, 0-1) vs. Georgetown (3-1, 0-0), Saturday 2:00 p.m. ET
The Bears know they gave Harvard a run for its money in the 45-31 loss last weekend. But, they also know they have a long way to go if they intend to at least make a run for the title. A talented Hoya squad, who escaped with a victory against Princeton last week, will put up a strong fight against Brown in this matchup as they intend to grab their fourth win of the season.
Cornell (1-1, 1-0) vs. Bucknell (1-2, 0-1), Saturday 6:00 p.m. ET
After falling to Fordham in the first game of the season, Cornell rebounded with the 45-6 destruction of Yale to kickoff Ivy League play. With a nonleague matchup, the Big Red hope to build on this momentum on both sides of the ball. Jeff Matthews continues to torch opposing secondaries and light up the scoreboard. The defense, despite a slow start against Fordham, rose to the occasion and thwarted any chance of a Yale offensive attack. If Cornell can continue playing in this manner, they will be incredibly difficult to beat.
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