Tugging on Superman's Cape
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Columbia Lions vs. Harvard Crimson
November 5, 2011
Location: Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium on the Baker Athletics Complex
Kickoff Time: 12:30pm
Gametime Weather Forecast: Sunny, breezy, 52 degrees.
The Spread: Harvard is favored by 28 points.
Columbia Game Notes
Harvard Game Notes
You can catch video and audio of the game on the SideLion Pass on GoColumbiaLions.com with Jerry Recco and Sal Licata. If you're in your car, WKCR student radio is at 89.9 FM, (and you can get its feed over the internet too).
HOW TO GET TO THE GAME:
My 2011 Guide to getting to Wien Stadium
*REMEMBER* the #1 Subway train WILL NOT be running tomorrow!
This is a matchup between the #1 team in the league and the #8 team in the league.
A rout is expected.
Columbia has lost eight straight and 12 out of the last 13 games dating back to last year.
Harvard is on a six game winning streak and never looked better than it did against Dartmouth last Saturday night in a 41-10 win.
Columbia Head Coach Norries Wilson is on his way out.
Harvard Head Coach Tim Murphy is in his 18th season in Cambridge and isn't going anywhere despite the semi-annual rumors that a big FBS program is seeking his services.
Columbia hasn't been able to run the ball effectively all year.
Harvard has two running backs in Treavor Scales and Zach Boden who seem to be of the 1,000 yard per season quality.
Columbia's top QB Sean Brackett has been badly hurt all season and the Lions have not been able to adjust.
Harvard's top QB Collier Winters was out for a few games this year and was replaced by Colton Chapple who shredded enemy defenses like he was on loan from the Patriots in Foxboro.
You get the picture...
Columbia's Keys to the Game
Don't Get Star Struck
Yeah the Crimson are very, very good.
But it will do no one any good to stand in awe of how great these guys may or may not be.
The Lions need to go at Harvard with all the confidence they can get.
Pass the Ball
Harvard has been giving up more passing yardage than you'd expect and perhaps they'll be vulnerable to a varied passing attack.
Get Physical with the Receivers
A strong pass rush has been what the Lions have needed all season, but they just haven't had one except for the opener at Fordham.
So barring that, Columbia will need to do all it legally can to jam the receivers on the line to disrupt the intricate patterns Harvard always has them running.
Let it all Hang Out!
Harvard has everything to lose and very little to gain tomorrow at Wien Stadium.
Columbia has a chance to pull off the biggest upset in many years in the Ivy League.
It would be nice if the Lions looked like the team under less pressure tomorrow.