The Real Season Begins
Columbia prepares to visit Princeton, kicking off their 52nd Ivy League season in what will be a major challenge to this young team.
1) Princeton is the defending Ivy champ. 2006 starting QB Jeff Terrell is gone, and the Tigers stumbled out of the gate with a ugly loss to Lehigh, but they won a very impressive victory over Lafayette last week where they looked very much like last year's great team.
2) Columbia's road woes at Princeton are well-documented. A "Hail Mary" gave the Lions a win over the Tigers in 2003, but before that Columbia hadn't beaten Princeton at Princeton since 1945.
3) This is really the Lions first real "road" trip as the game at Fordham doesn't really count as a game with a long bus trip. Ivy League rules do not allow the Lions to stay overnight at Princeton, so they must travel and play on the same day.
4) Columbia is having serious trouble stopping the run, and Princeton uses a multi-faceted running attack with multiple running backs and a QB in Bill Foran who runs very often as well. It would appear this game plays directly into the Tigers' comfort zone.
I would be shocked if Princeton weren't favored by 10 points or more in this game, but I'm not trying to depress you. The above list was all about making it clear how big a lift for the program it would be for Columbia to take this game.
I don't know if buses will be taking fans down to the game, but there are numerous trains and buses you can take to Princeton from New York City and I urge all of you to make the trip and support the team. This is the Lions' chance to make a huge statement... be there!