Week 10 Predictions
Jake's record last week: 3-0
Jake's record overall: 31-8
Yale over Harvard
Yale's strong season has not been a surprise to me. I chose them to win the title several months ago. But Harvard has really been impressive, especially when you remember they are coming off the graduation of all-time Ivy rusher Clifton Dawson. The keys for Harvard have been the outstanding play of the Crimson offensive line, the cool leadership of QB Chris Pizzotti, and the defense's continuing dominance against the run.
One thing to remember about Harvard-Yale games is that previous records tend not to play as big a role. It usually comes down to who wants it more that day. Yale may be coming into this game 9-0, but the last few weeks the Elis have looked a little weaker. Harvard, on the other hand, is playing it's best ball at the perfect time.
But that's still water under the bridge. Yale should get a huge charge out of what will be a jam-packed Yale Bowl on Saturday... but so will Harvard.
Ultimately, this will come down to defense. And while Harvard's defense is still very good, it's dropped off a bit from last season. Yale's "D" is much improved, and that will make the difference.
YALE by 7
Dartmouth over Princeton
Dartmouth has had a pretty good year. With the exception of the Yale game, the Big Green have played up to their competition in every Ivy game. Princeton has been a disappointment, and I see no inkling that the Tigers will pull it together for this long road trip.
DARTMOUTH BY 10
Penn over Cornell
The Quakers just couldn't get their offense going this year, but Cornell's defense will be much more accommodating Saturday. Look for Joe Sandberg to end his career with a bang.
PENN BY 7