Ivy Power Rankings, Week 3
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Before I get to my 1-8 rankings for this week, I have a little suggestion for all the outspoken readers of this blog:
Your anonymous comments are mostly very strong and often crucially important.
As they as they don't become too nasty, they will continue to have a place here on this blog.
But a lot of readers have mentioned that they recently received donation solicitations from A.D. Dianne Murphy and they want to respond.
I can't tell you what to write or say, but I can say that if you've made a comment here anonymously, it will make a much bigger impact if you make it with your name attached and probably with a little history on how much you've given in the past.
I still feel I CAN tell you to keep donating. It's no secret that I still think giving money to the athletics department is a good idea as it really does mostly benefit our great student athletes.
Okay, now back to football...
What a difference two weeks makes. After a sloppy loss at Holy Cross, the Crimson have been on fire. Most of that is because of the defense, with a big assist from the conservative but efficient play by backup QB Colton Chapple.
The loss to Harvard may have taken them out of the running for the title, but this is still a great team and it may run the table on the rest of the season. Rhode Island is a good team and the Bears were clearly the better squad in Saturday night's win.
The Quakers went into a serious pressure cooker in Hanover Saturday night and all they did was win... again. Penn is bouncing back just at the right time after a terrible first game against Lafayette and a bit of a sloppy finish against Villanova.
The Elis have a lot of players on the roster, and only one of them is named "Patrick Witt."
But it's becoming more and more obvious that the team is going to rise and fall on Witt's shoulders... and that's not good when the slightest injury could break you.
It's also not good when Witt has a bad game, as he did against Lehigh Saturday.
The Big Red continue to do well at home against poor teams. That's not going to be enough to make a dent against Harvard coming into the Schoelkopf this Saturday. Still, these guys are on the rise.
The Big Green has a strong running game, but that's just not going to be enough against the league's elite.
I don't want to put too much on the game against Penn, but this was THE game and THE opportunity for Dartmouth and they couldn't close the deal.
It's a losing feeling I've felt so often myself that I actually felt the Green fans' pain this weekend.
The losing streak is over and now the Tigers can focus on their varied and improving running game. That's not the worst place to be right now.
The Lions are the only 0-3 team in the Ivies and you are what your record says you are.