Magic of Numbers: Ready for Some Football

Published by Kevin T. Chen on September 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

Each Friday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.

KICKING OFF THE NEW SEASON

2 — Number of days until the Harvard football team plays its home opener against Holy Cross. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

2 — Harvard’s rank among all FCS schools in all-time wins. The Crimson, second only to Yale, boast 805 victories.

4 — Number of consecutive night games the football team has played to open the season.

5 — Number of blue chip basketball recruits slated to be on site for the Crimson’s football game on Saturday.

250 — Number of students that will get a free BBQ dinner at the Crimson Athletics-sponsored Pregame Party. The event, part of efforts to boost undergraduate attendance at the football game, is scheduled for Saturday at 5 pm in the Dillon Quad.

PRESEASON SPECULATION

3 — Predicted finish for the Harvard women’s ice hockey team in the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey coaches poll.

1 — Number of players from Harvard selected to the preseason All-ECAC Hockey team. Kate Buesser, a tri-captain and the leading scorer for the Crimson from last season, joins four Cornell players and one Quinnipiac player on the prestigious squad.

150 — The number of free t-shirts that will be given out to students who attend the Crimson-Cardinal matchup on Saturday night.

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD RIVALRY

2.3 — Miles that separate Harvard and MIT.

10 — No. seed the men’s water polo team has been awarded in this Friday’s ECAC 12-team tournament. Harvard (2-4) will face off against MIT–seeded seventh–tomorrow at 4:30 pm in Blodgett Pool.

1 — Number of times the Crimson defeated the Engineers last season. The two teams split their season series.