Yale sophomore quarterback Kurt Rawlings surveys the field last year at Harvard Stadium. Yale won its first game against Harvard in ten years in 2016 when Rawlings started as a freshman. Now the team looks to defend its home turf on Saturday and win its first Ivy title since 2006.
Harvard senior defensive back Tim Haehl gestures to the crowd at Harvard Stadium last year during The Game. Haehl and the rest of Crimson football will look to give traveling Harvard students lots to cheer about this Saturday at the Yale Bowl in New Haven as they try to rebound from last year’s loss.
The Bulldogs have at least two storied traditions. One is losing to Harvard football. The other is staying off the crime-ridden New Haven streets.
But on Saturday, we all have no excuses: Thanksgiving break begins the day before the game. With nothing to do, and (hopefully) no assignments hanging over our heads, all of campus will take to the tailgates. In this sense, the freedom we all have to go to the game is quite unusual.
Some students—pointing to Harvard’s 14-21 loss to Yale at last year’s game—said they are not sufficiently interested in football to make the trip to Yale.
Besides sending off Penn legend Justin Watson, Ivy League fans can look forward to three games with title implications, including Harvard-Yale.
At home, Larkee looks after six children. On the field, the former linebacker ministers to 50-plus defensive players. He has served as defensive coordinator for nine years.
Football kickers can be an enigmatic group, often coming from a soccer background and practicing at the periphery. However, despite their behind-the-scenes role, Harvard's kickers are crucial to both the team’s success and its camaraderie year after year.
This year, the Crimson travels to New Haven to play an unfamiliar role: spoiler. While the Bulldogs have already clinched a share of the Ivy League title, Harvard aims to prevent Yale from earning an outright crown.