Ivy League Football: Week 9 Conference Power Rankings
Even though the final two games of the season rapidly approach for the Ancient Eight, the Ivy League title still has not been decided. With Harvard and Penn in the driver's seat, the final standings are a mystery for all.
Here are the Week 9 Conference Power Rankings:
1. Harvard (7-1, 4-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 1)
A 69-0 win over Columbia states the Crimson's overall dominance of the conference. After Princeton fell in the past two matchups, Harvard just has to get through Penn en route to an Ivy League title. Then, of course, comes "The Game."
2. Penn (4-4, 4-1) (Last Week's Ranking: 3)
After escaping with a 28-21 win over Princeton, the Quakers have now positioned themselves as title contenders (although that loss to Yale still stings a bit). Now, with an opportunity to play Harvard for the conference lead at home, a lot is at stake for Penn.
3. Princeton (4-4, 3-2) (Last Week's Ranking: 2)
After beating Harvard, Princeton had its eyes set on the conference title. However, the Tigers have slipped in the past two weeks, and it has proved to be costly. Turnovers have been a problem for Princeton, and the Tigers must look to turn things around in the remaining two matchups.
4. Dartmouth (5-3, 3-2) (Last Week's Ranking: 6)
The Big Green surprised everyone with a commanding 44-28 victory over Cornell. The secondary stepped up when it needed to and limited Jeff Mathews' production. It will be interesting to see how Dartmouth responds to the final two weeks of the season.
Who really is the worst in the conference?
5. Brown (5-3, 2-3) (Last Week's Ranking: 5)
It's simple. Brown is a much better team than its conference record suggests. The Bears' offense is productive and their secondary is exemplary. As we approach the final two conference games, the Bears will look to go 4-3 in conference play.
6. Cornell (4-4, 2-3) (Last Week's Ranking: 4)
Jeff Mathews has been hit or miss this season. When opposing secondaries find a way to create turnovers from last year's Ivy League Offensive MVP, opponents can pull ahead because of Cornell's below average defense. This has been the story of the year for the one-time title favorite.
7. Yale (2-6, 1-4) (Last Week's Ranking: 8)
At least the Bulldogs really do not get blown out. However, this season has been a struggle for the squad, particularly on the offensive side of the ball (despite the emergence of Tyler Varga). The wins have just not been there for the Bulldogs. Losing to Columbia was a downer.
8. Columbia (2-6, 1-4) (Last Week's Ranking: 7)
Losing 69-0 is atrocious. Getting beat down in the second half against Harvard's second string is even more embarrassing. The Lions definitely looked like the bottom of the Ivy League over the weekend. For their sake, hopefully they can turn it around next weekend.
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