Our Best vs. the BCS
Cornell came so close
I watched a lot of Cornell's heartbreaking loss to Syracuse in the NCAA lacrosse national championship game yesterday. Despite the confounding nature of the Big Red's collapse at the end of the game, you have to be impressed with how far the non-scholarship guys from Ithaca went against a slew of scholarship programs like Virginia and Syracuse.
I know lacrosse and football are two very different sports, especially when it comes to team size, but I was wondering: if we assembled an all star team of Ivy football players, how well would that team do against the BCS powerhouses?
On talent alone, I think that all star could hold its own against a Big East, Pac 10, or even a few Big 10 teams, (remember New Hampshire beat Northwestern two years ago and I daresay an Ivy all star team could take UNH at least half the time). But the sticky issues would be overall team size and team depth.
A lot of Ivy players are a bit smaller than their BCS counterparts, which is workable enough at the skill positions, but not so much on the offensive and defensive lines. For example, our Lou Miller was a force as a slightly undersized defensive end last season in Ivy play, but would he be as effective against a Penn State O-line and blocking backs?
And while there is good depth at a lot of the key positions, the dearth of 1,000-yard running backs could be a big problem if our first stringer went down.
But I'm willing to hear what others might think of our chances. Better yet, what would be your strategy to beat a BCS team? Would you choose the current All Ivy roster, or go with a slightly different lineup more geared to victory over stats?
It's a good hot stove, (or in our case, cold air conditioner), league discussion topic.