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Cleveland Browns? Or Cleveland Crimson?

Published by Sam Danello on February 05, 2016 at 3:45PM

Crimson fans can add another color to their wardrobe.

As of a few weeks ago, the Cleveland Browns have emerged as a possible darling of the student body, filling their front office with a selection of Harvard graduates. Sashi Brown, Paul DePodesta, and Andrew Berry compose what is likely the most intriguing management in professional football—and, perhaps, a new bandwagon team for Crimson fans.

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Football Releases 2016 Schedule

Published by Wade G. Player on January 21, 2016 at 12:14PM

The opening whistle of the 2016 college football season may be nearly eight months away, but as of last week, the Harvard program has confirmed its schedule.

For the first time since the Ivy League was founded in 1956, the Crimson will play three consecutive road games, at Holy Cross, Princeton, and Dartmouth respectively. This mid-year gauntlet looms as a serious test for Harvard as it pushes for a fourth consecutive league title.

Other challenges menace in more typical places. As per usual, the Crimson will face off against Penn--the lone team to beat Harvard in 2015--and end the season against Yale.

The quest for a historic fourth championship will begin on September 16, when Harvard kicks off against Rhode Island at home. Last year, the Crimson beat the Rams 41-10 in the season opener.

This home game will be the first of three non-conference matchups, as Harvard will host Georgetown in week three and visit Holy Cross two weeks later.

Traditionally the Crimson has faced the Crusaders early in the season, but last year, for the first time since 1976, the two teams did not play. They will renew their non-conference rivalry in 2016.

Throughout the season, Harvard will match up against all seven Ivy League teams, starting in Providence against Brown in the second week of the season. The team will then play Cornell at home in week four.

In 2015, the Crimson handled both these opponents with ease, but the 2016 conference schedule toughens up as the year progresses. Harvard will close out the season with five straight Ancient Eight matchups, consecutively playing Princeton away, Dartmouth at home, Columbia at home, Penn away, and Yale at home.

Based on last season’s results, the Big Green and the Quakers stand out as the toughest tilts. Three months ago, the Crimson bested Dartmouth, 14-13, by scoring all 14 points in the fourth quarter. Then, against Penn, Harvard gave up an early lead en route to its only loss of the year.

The 2016 schedule culminates with the 133rd playing of The Game. Harvard has won nine in a row against the Bulldogs, including last season’s 38-19 thumping in New Haven. This year’s contest will take place in Cambridge, and the Crimson will look to extend the longest winning streak in the history of the Game.

Harvard Should Be the True National Champion

Published by David Freed on January 13, 2016 at 12:15PM

For years, college football has fallen prey to the “eye test”, using metrics like “best wins”, “strength of schedule” and “played Division I-A football” to choose the to best teams duke it out for the title. At the Back Page, we have routinely been setting the record straight using the only real qualification for the title—degrees of separation. Below, we show (not for the first time) that it is Harvard, not Alabama, that deserves to be the national champion.

Harvard beat Brown, 53-27 …

Brown beat Holy Cross, 25-24 …

Holy Cross beat Albany, 37-0 …

Albany beat Delaware, 17-6 …

Delaware beat William & Mary, 24-23 …

William & Mary beat Villanova, 38-16 …

Villanova beat Fordham, 14-7 …

Fordham beat Army, 37-35 …

Army beat Eastern Michigan, 58-36 …

Eastern Michigan beat Wyoming, 48-29 …

Wyoming beat UNLV, 35-28 …

UNLV beat Nevada, 23-17 …

Nevada beat Colorado State, 28-23 …

Colorado State beat New Mexico, 28-21 …

New Mexico beat Air Force, 45-37 …

Air Force beat Utah State, 35-28 …

Utah State beat Boise State, 52-26 …

Boise State beat Virginia, 56-14 …

Virginia beat Georgia Tech, 27-21 …

Georgia Tech beat Florida State, 22-16 …

Florida State beat Florida, 27-2 …

Florida beat Ole Miss, 38-10 …

Ole Miss beat Alabama, 43-37

Hosch Named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year

Published by Wade G. Player on December 10, 2015 at 6:03AM

It was just one of those seasons for senior quarterback Scott Hosch. In his first full year starting as the Crimson’s signal caller, Hosch tallied some of the highest statistical totals in Crimson football history and led the Ivy League in virtually every passing category.

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Football Racks Up All-Ivy Selections

Published by Max McEvoy on December 01, 2015 at 6:20PM

The Harvard football team continued to impress even after season’s end, claiming 18 spots on the All-Ivy first and second teams.

Freshman wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley and senior quarterback Scott Hosch were the big winners, with Shelton-Mosley taking home Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Hosch besting the competition to win the New England Player of the Year award.

Shelton-Mosley attained his honor through a unanimous vote by the eight Ivy League coaches. The freshman burst onto the scene in his first season, with highlights including a last second touchdown reception against Dartmouth and three touchdowns to help defeat Yale and clinch for the Crimson its third consecutive Ancient Eight title. He was also All-Ivy second team on offense and first team on special teams as a kick returner.

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