Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rankings and More!

Jake’s Week 7 Ivy League Power Rankings

1. Penn (#1 last week)

Not the most impressive win over Yale Saturday, but not bad either. The Yale game was the last real tough road test for the Quakers, who get Brown and Harvard at home.

2. Brown (2)

Also not an impressive win over a weak Cornell team, but 3-0 in the league is 3-0 in the league. And the Bears can certainly surprise Penn this Saturday, even though they most probably won’t.

3. Harvard (5)

Hatch and Winters are back at QB! The Crimson seem to be back in the hunt.

4. Yale (4)

Pretty good performance against Penn despite the loss. The Eli defense is really good enough to keep them in any game.

5. Dartmouth (6)

This might be the best coached team in the league. A super game plan got the Green the win over Columbia.

6. Columbia (3)

A big drop here because the Lion weaknesses at the lines of scrimmage are getting worse. A win at Yale would be the best medicine, however.

7. Princeton (7)

Pretty good offensive performance against a good Harvard “D.” But the chances for an Ivy win this year other than against Cornell seem remote.

8. Cornell (8)

Could have been a lot worse against Brown, but the 27-14 loss wasn’t enough to leap out of the cellar.

Players of the Week

The league split the offensive player of the week honors between Brown QB Joe Springer and Harvard RB Gino Gordon. Penn’s DB Jason Schmucker was defensive player of the week.

If I were a Dartmouth fan, I’d be a little miffed at being shut out of the top honors this week. But if they keep playing like they did this Saturday, the cold shoulder won’t last.

The Rushing Race

Could the Ivy League’s whacky stat rules rob Gino Gordon again? Last year, Gordon rushed for the most yards total of any back in the league. But because the league rushing champ is chosen by average yards rushing per game played, he did not win the Ivy title. Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger grabbed that honor, and he certainly is a great player.

Fast forward a year later and Gordon is again second in the Ivy rushing race despite gaining four more yards total than Schwieger in 2010. Schwieger missed one game early this year, and thus he’s averaging a lot more yards per game.

Once again, no disrespect to Schwieger, but this is football, not baseball. Averages, are not as important as totals in this sport.

If Schwieger does win the Ivy rushing crown, I just hope he also gains more total yards this time around.

And as much as I still think QB Sean Brackett deserves to be in the Bushnell Cup race, it’s now looking like the MVP award will be
Between Schwieger and Gordon. A lot of that is because Brackett is only a soph and the Bushnell has NEVER gone to anyone younger than a junior.

Use the Force, Luke!

Luke Eddy was another perfect three for three for PATs against Dartmouth. He needs three more to match Larry Walsh’s 27-year-old record of 22 in a row.

And the way Luke has been booting the ball, I’d say the record for longest field goal in CU history, (50-yards by Matt Pollard in 1988), is also in jeopardy.

Luke Eddy is a freshman, people.

YES We Can!

A reminder that this coming Saturday’s game at Yale will be televised nationally on the YES Network as part of the “Yale on YES” package that Yale pays for. I know we’re all a bit down about the loss on Homecoming, but beating the Elis on national TV on a network that they PAY to put their games on the air would be… nice.


At Tue Oct 26, 08:11:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger HBShannon said...

The Brown v. Cornell game was really never in doubt after 1st quarter.

It was 24-7 until mid-4th quarter
so not really even a mediocre showing by Big Red.

Also,it may have happened before but I cannot find more than one instance where there were 2 1,000 yd. rushers in the same season. Gordon and Schweiger are certainly both on pace to pass that mark together. In 1989, Judd Garrett of Princeton and Penn's Bryan Keys actually both eclipsed 1,300 yds., rushing which is certainly within the current duo's reach.

At Tue Oct 26, 09:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Luke Eddy hit a 58 yarder pre game last week with Buddy Teavens (sp?) hanging over his shoulder and eyes popping! CU record nothing, go for the Ivy record Luke! Only 54 yards!

At Tue Oct 26, 08:50:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The New York times thinks Witt is the best QB in the Ivies. Saturday should be interesting.

At Tue Oct 26, 08:53:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given that Harvard has already played Cornell and Princeton, and has not played Penn, and given that the opposite is true for Dartmouth, I think its a pretty safe bet that Schwieger (if he stays healthy) will end up with more total rushing yards.

At Tue Oct 26, 11:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following Ivy Football for 20+ years and have not seen a kicker of the caliber of Eddy. The height on his kicks is amazing. I will be the first to say he will be kicking on Sundays in 4 years.

At Tue Oct 26, 11:39:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Eddy will get a shot at the pros. The challenge is that there are so few spots available from year to year. But there's no questioning his talent and he still has time for lots of continued development. And I do think he'll get the Ivy record!

At Tue Oct 26, 11:49:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see Eddy rotate in on kick-offs, could be a good weapon going forward.

At Wed Oct 27, 01:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Eddy have any D-1 offers? He seems to have the leg to kick on a high D-1 team.

At Wed Oct 27, 02:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I haven't been to the Yale Bowl in almost 50 years. Does anybody have decent directions, coming from the NYC area? Also, what about parking?

At Wed Oct 27, 07:09:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger HBShannon said...

Luke Eddy. Alex Norocea. David Mothander. All freshman. I think we will see some pretty decent kicking for several years.


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