In three Ivy League matches, this Columbia football team has achieved something no other Lions squad in the last five years could do in an entire season—it’s won three games. Sitting at 3-0, the team can outdo its win total from each of the last 20 seasons with one more victory and has a viable shot at the Ancient Eight title.
Sporting dual 1-1 conference records, Harvard and Princeton will play out their division rivalry under the lights of Harvard Stadium, marking only the 15th night game ever hosted by the Crimson. Under the lights, Harvard is 14-0.
Cornell sits deep in upstate New York. For miles there is nothing but trees and hills until there is suddenly a tall concrete parking garage. Atop that garage sits the the Big Red’s windy football field.
The Crimson has fielded a starting 11 that have been all but perfect in the last two contests, allowing a combined four points in the first three quarters of each of those games. If this defensive ferocity is sustainable, the Crimson’s fifth Ivy crown in six seasons is well within reach.
I used to be an idealistic young man.
I used to think that Harvard students would come to football games if you made them more fun. That deep within every student was the same innate desire to see players batter each other for glory. That getting A’s in college was easy. That Santa Claus was real. That Yale was a good school.