This year, the tables have turned. After years of dominance, Harvard—which has experienced great triumphs and trials in 2017—will enter The Game in an unfamiliar position: as the underdog.
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.
The 23-6 defeat prevented Harvard from vying for a share of the Ivy League championship. Moreover, the Crimson scored fewer than 10 points for the first time Nov. 2009.
Much to the delight of sports writers everywhere, the possibility of a seven-team tie for first place is still in the picture. If there were ever a better storyline to root for, I am not aware of it.
If the Crimson’s defense continues to play with such poise and an evident sense of urgency, Harvard has a prime opportunity to enter the Yale Bowl with a shot at the league title.
Last week, the football team extended a long winning streak against a conference opponent. This Saturday, the Crimson must do the same against Columbia to remain relevant in this year's edition of the Ivy League title race.
In the second quarter, a Big Green coach broke a press box window following a muffed punt. That punch foreshadowed greater frustration, as the Crimson eked out a 25-22 victory.
This past Friday night, Harvard lost under the lights for the first time in program history. Princeton dominated from the kickoff, scoring 17 unanswered points to start the game and commanding a 31-10 halftime advantage. The visitors gained 573 total yards, which is the highest mark against the Crimson so far this year.
But why am I so fired up this week? Because it’s the start of the second half, baby. From here on out, only Ivy League matchups remain. Every game counts, and some teams will fight to stave off elimination starting this very weekend.
Loss, win, win, loss, win. So reads the Harvard football team’s schedule from the season opener against Rhode Island to last week’s victory over Lafayette. Thus far, Harvard has not proven itself as the top Ivy League contender, nor has it fallen by the wayside as a pretender. Fittingly, it is nearly impossible to gauge the Ivy League as a whole—upsets have abounded, and it seems like with every passing week predictions become harder and harder to make.
The Leopards run a pro-style offense that places the quarterback under center, allowing for play-action passes and lots of screens.
The Big Red propelled itself to victory with a dynamic running strategy, accumulating 233 rushing yards compared to 223 total yards for the Crimson.
We’re heading into Week 4 of the 2017 football season, and there is just about no separation between any of the Ivy League contenders. Perennial favorites like Harvard, Penn, and Princeton have all suffered losses, while upstarts Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia show no signs of slowing down.
After a Week 1 loss to Rhode Island, Harvard proved its penchant for winning on the road and beating non-conference opponents had not just disappeared with the new season.
Despite Harvard's recent stellar record against Georgetown, any Division I team can win on any given Saturday, and the Hoyas will attempt to do just that against the Crimson this weekend at RFK Stadium.