Stop that Man! (CREDIT: Yale Athletics)
*UPDATE* The gambling sites have annointed Yale a whopping 30-point favorite over the Lions this Saturday.
Yale superstar Mike McLeod is close to breaking a number of rushing records, and if he has an extraordinary day against the Lions, he could shatter them all on Saturday:
1) McLeod needs 300 yards to surpass Rich Diana's single season Yale rushing record of 1,442 yards, (probably won't happen).
2) He needs 199 yards to break Roger Carr's career Yale rushing record, (could happen).
3) He needs six TD's to tie Ed Marinaro's single-season Ivy record of 24, (probably won't happen).
The way Columbia has defended, or I should say: failed to defend the run this season, it's very probable that McLeod will make a significant dent in the distance between him and those three records above. Unless the Lions can figure out a way to contain him.
Penn proved last weekend that you don't need to completely shut McLeod down to have a chance to win. The Quakers gave up 147 yards rushing to McLeod, but they had every opportunity to win the game they eventually lost in triple-OT.
Columbia did indeed play a four-man front through much of the Dartmouth game on Saturday. But instead of bringing in a fourth pure defensive lineman, Drew Quinn often lined up to the left side. This week's two-deep says Phil Mitchell will be starting at nose tackle, and he did play at NT during much of the game in Hanover, but the two-deep has been wholly unreliable this season. As Jerry Recco and I mentioned on the air, two or three of Columbia's STARTING PLAYERS, were not even listed in the two-deep at all last week. The lack of solid information doesn't make me angry, as I am still used to no information from the days before the Internet, but it can be confusing.
The big deal in this game against Yale is the upset factor. The Elis will likely be favored by 20 points or so, and that should motivate this Lion team that was insulted on the field by Yale last year.
60 years ago this week, Columbia shocked Army in one of the biggest upsets in college football history. How sweet it would be to mark the anniversary with another huge upset!