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Old Palmer Stadium is now gone
Once again, the weather experts are predicting rain for Columbia's game tonight.
Of course, they predicted rain last week too and no one felt or saw a drop throughout the contest.
But whether it rains during the game or not, the Princeton Stadium field turf is likely to be a bit slippery after what has already been a long night of rain in the general area.
Surace on Rookies
Princeton Head Coach Bob Surace is hinting he may play more freshmen tonight to snap his team out of its losing ways.
That could mean frosh Chuck Dibilio will get more carries than any other back despite not being listed on the two-deep.
The Tigers have lost 10 in a row.
The streak began with the Lions' 42-14 defeat of Princeton last season.
The last time Columbia played a team riding a double-digit losing streak was week 6 of 2009 when they travelled to a very rainy Hanover, NH to take on Dartmouth.
At that point, the Big Green had lost 17 in a row.
But the Lions played a poor game at Memorial Field and fell to the Green, 28-6.
Getting back to Princeton, the 10 game streak has not been without its close games.
The closest was the seventh straight loss, a 14-13 defeat at the hands of Yale at the Bowl.
In that game, the Tigers got a 22 yard field goal to make it 14-13 with more than half of the third quarter remaining.
But Princeton's final four possessions of the game produced just two first downs.
Since the Ivy schedules were shuffled in 2000 to make the Columbia-Princeton game the Ivy opener for both schools in week three, the Tigers have won eight of those 11 contests. But Princeton has won just three of five at home.
Three times in this span, the Lions have come into the Princeton game in week 3 looking for their first win.
Three times they have failed.
In 2001, Columbia was 0-1 after losing an OT contest to Bucknell and having to postpone the opener at Fordham because of 9/11. The Tigers destroyed Columbia in that night contest by a 41-11 score.
In 2004, the Lions were reeling from a very close loss to Fordham and then a crushing defeat at Bucknell. Columbia took Princeton to OT, but lost 27-26 after a blocked PAT in the extra stanza.
In 2008, Columbia was coming off too close losses to Fordham and Towson. A late drive ended with a lost fumble and Columbia fell to PU again, 27-24.
The only other time both Columbia and Princeton have come into this week three game both winless was 2001 when they were both 0-1.
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