Columbia-Harvard Keys to the Game
Harvard Stadium is a great venue
1) Make Tomorrow the Worst Day of Chris Pizzotti's Season
The Harvard QB is just cruising along this season, with nothing seemingly in his way. NFL scouts are coming to watch him, the Bushnell Cup is already being sent back from the engraver with his name on it, and he actually managed to find an undergrad course at Harvard not taught by the T.A.!
But seriously, the Lions need to get in Pizzotti's face, make him make bad decisions, and generally pound him when they get to him. This could be a crucial game for Lou Miller as he looks to prove he still plays hard, but not recklessly.
2) Make the Crimson Defense Tired
Some hard roll-out running by either M.A. Olawale or Shane Kelly, mixed with lots of passing could get the Harvard defense sucking wind early. The Crimson defensive line cannot be allowed to get comfortable.
3) Stop Getting Beaten by Field Position
Columbia needs to kick well, cover well, and stop fielding punts inside their own 5-yard line. Harvard's special teams are a relative weak link and the Lions can't let the Crimson off the hook by playing even worse in that department.
4) Be Quietly Determined
Harvard may be looking ahead to bigger showdowns with Penn and Yale after this game, and the Lions shouldn't do anything to provoke them out of a potential slumber before the game. Columbia's attitude should be one of quiet determination. Take care of business, and do their talking on the scoreboard.