Power Rankings & Some Stats
Before the weekly look at my Ivy rankings, here are some notable highlights from the Ivy stat sheet:
-Columbia is allowing the fewest points per game in the Ivies at 13.
-Alex Gross continues to lead the league in total tackles with 26. He has just a one tackle lead over Cornell's Brian Gee.
-Sean Brackett leads the league in a nebulous stat called "pass efficiency," which basically adds up all the passing stats like completion percentage, etc.
-Josh Martin leads the Ivies in sacks with 3.5.
-Through two games, the Lions have been penalized a league low 57 yards.
Jake's Ivy Power Rankings 9/26
1. Brown (last week, #2)
The Bears seem to have answered every question about the team from its new defensive line to the kicking game with resounding positives across the board. The 29-14 thumping of Harvard Saturday night gives them the top spot with little doubt.
2. Penn (3)
A good showing at Villanova gives the Quakers the leap from #3 to #2, but where is this Penn offense? Even if Keiffer Garton returns at QB next week against Dartmouth, there are some serious questions to be answered here.
3. Harvard (1)
The Crimson fall two spots after they fall flat in Providence. The re-patched offensive line did not perform as well as Head Coach Tim Murphy has advertised. QB Andrew Hatch didn't look good under the lights, but at his age he just may not be allowed to drive at night.
4. Yale (5)
The Elis move up one notch, not so much because they beat a weak Cornell team, but because RB Alex Thomas looked very good and they did stuff the Big Red after two straight losses to Cornell.
5. Columbia (6)
The Lions defense performs well for the second straight week, and Brackett looks strong.
6. Princeton (7)
The Tigers move up a notch thanks to two straight weeks of impressive offensive output. Culbreath is back, but can he carry the ball 20+ times per game over the long haul? He may have to.
7. Dartmouth (5)
The Big Green fall two notches after a subpar performance against Sacred Heart. Even without Nick Schwieger, who was out with the flu, this should not have been a game. The fact that Dartmouth needed a missed Heart FG with less than a minute to play is a real buzz kill.
It could have been worse against Yale for the Red... but that's the best you can say.