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The Sporting News is out with its predictions for the 2011 Ivy League Football season, (and of course, the rest of the college football conferences),
It chooses Penn to win a third straight championship, and Columbia for 7th.
Here’s the entire prediction breakdown:
The piece, written by Andy Jasner, who is apparently a correspondent for the Boston Globe, speaks of how Columbia will struggle this season because of the graduation of Andrew Kennedy.
Jasner predicts Penn’s Billy Ragone will win the Bushnell Cup as Ivy player of the year and incoming Yale frosh Max Fink as the newcomer of the year.
With Kennedy, Alex Gross, Calvin Otis, and Adam Mehrer graduating last month, you can bet Jasner won’t be alone in picking Columbia near the bottom of the pack. The fact that the Lions have the best overall QB in the league in Brackett and a stellar offensive line returning this fall won’t hold most weight with the prognosticators. I’d also say the pundits are unfairly discounting the chances for Columbia to show serious improvement along the defensive line.