Ivy League Football: Final Conference Power Rankings
With the Ivy League season coming to a close, it proved to be quite eventful and full of surprises. Penn, against all odds, prevailed as the conference champion, while Harvard—the preseason favorite and defending champion—settled for second place.
Here are the final conference power rankings.
1. Penn (6-4, 6-1)
The Quakers ended up as the sole champions of the Ivy League. Despite a loss to the worst team in the conference, Yale, Penn was able to upset Harvard and the other heavyweights in the Ancient Eight, thus securing the title.
2. Harvard (8-2, 5-2)
At times this season, Harvard was clearly the best team in the conference. The 69-0 dismantling of Columbia. The 45-13 destruction of Cornell. But when it mattered against Penn and Princeton, the Crimson were not able to prevail.
3. Brown (7-3, 4-3)
For many fans, Brown in the No. 3 spot seems a bit far-fetched. But down the stretch, the Bears looked like a clearly dominant force in the conference. If they could have started conference play on a higher note, they could have made a run for a conference title.
4. Dartmouth (6-4, 4-3)
Dartmouth's 35-21 dismantling of Princeton in the final game of the season epitomizes this Big Green team. Relying on a strong running game at the beginning of the season, the squad felt more comfortable with the pass in the final few matchups. It showed in the results with quite the dynamic offense.
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5. Princeton (5-5, 4-3)
Following the victory against Harvard, Princeton looked like an early favorite to win the conference. But, as evidenced in losses to Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn, the Tigers were not ready to contend for a title. This season showed dramatic strides for the program.
6. Cornell (4-6, 2-5)
It seems unjust to have Cornell at the bottom of the conference, but its record illuminates its struggles. Jeff Mathews could not lead this Big Red squad to title contention, and the defense simply failed the team in close games.
7. Columbia (3-7, 2-5)
Columbia was hit or miss this season. The victory over Cornell featured a strong performance, but the 69-0 drubbing by Harvard points to Columbia's inconsistency. The Lions came a long way toward the end of the season and will continue to rebuild as a program next year.
8. Yale (2-8, 1-6)
The Bulldogs cannot be happy with their performance this season. Beating Penn is definitely a high note, and they gave Harvard a run for its money during "The Game." But the wins did not come this year for Yale. Next year, Yale will look to build around Tyler Varga for the future.
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