Ivy League Football: Week 4 Conference Power Rankings
With the first round of conference play in the bag, the members of the Ancient Eight have slowly started to get a feel for the other squads in the conference. Although six games remain in conference play, the favorites have already started to be defined.
Here are the Week 4 Conference Power Rankings.
1. Harvard (3-0, 1-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 1)
After obliterating Holy Cross 52-3 last weekend, it has become apparent that Harvard fields an incredibly dynamic offense with Treavor Scales at running back and Colton Chapple under center. This weekend's home game against Cornell will be another outlet of tough competition.
2. Cornell (2-1, 1-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 2)
Despite the offensive struggles against Bucknell, the Big Red escaped with a 15-10 win. While Jeff Matthews hopes to turn things around against Harvard this weekend, Cornell's run at a conference title will be on the line against last year's undefeated Ivy League champion.
3. Brown (2-1, 0-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 3)
The Bears had no problem rebounding from their close loss to Harvard as they crushed the Georgetown Hoyas 37-10. The secondary of Brown will be a tough aspect of their game that the Ivy League passing games will most likely have a hard time adjusting to.
4. Penn (1-2, 1-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 7)
Taking down Dartmouth 28-21 was a solid start to conference play for the Quakers. Although there are still many questions both defensively and offensively for this Penn squad, it is apparent that they will not go down easy this season.
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5. Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 4)
Losing to Penn is a little bit of a setback for the Big Green. Considering their run-heavy offense, Dartmouth was limited by the Quakers and this aspect of their game proved particularly detrimental. The 13-10 win over Holy Cross also looks poor after Harvard took down the Crusaders 52-3.
6. Yale (1-2, 0-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 5)
It has all been downhill for the Bulldogs after beating Georgetown in Week 1. A crushing defeat against Cornell and a poor showing against Colgate only add to the fact that Yale does not necessarily have a strong team this year. However, running back Tyler Varga still remains as the key offensive force.
7. Princeton (1-2, 1-0) (Last Week's Ranking: 8)
The Tigers finally got their much deserved win against Columbia, the only team Princeton has beaten over the past two seasons. They had to rely on kickoff returns and fake field goals to get there, but the Tigers prevailed 33-6.
8. Columbia (1-2, 0-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 6)
Falling to Princeton is simply embarrassing for the Lions. While their season seemed to have so much promise after an opening win against Marist and a solid effort against Fordham, a 33-6 defeat against the Tigers puts a damper on Columbia's start to Ivy League play.
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