Friday, October 20, 2017

One Day To Go

From the Dartmouth football office:

Don't know if this quick promotional video for the TV broadcast will work for you. If not, CLICK HERE.
The Dartmouth game notes have been posted HERE.

This list of the 10 previous times undefeated Ivy League teams have played this late in the season is taken from the Dartmouth game notes. I've dug up and plugged in the scores of the games:

1964 — Princeton (7-0) beat Yale (6-0-1), 35-14

1965 — Dartmouth (8-0) beat Princeton (8-0), 28-14
1968 — Harvard (5-0) beat Penn (5-0), 28-6

1968 — Harvard (8-0) and Yale (8-0) tied, 29-29

1970 — Dartmouth (5-0) beat Yale (5-0), 10-0

1993 — Penn (7-0) beat Princeton (7-0), 30-14

2001 — Harvard (8-0) beat Penn (8-0), 28-21

2004 — Harvard (8-0) beat Penn (8-0), 31-10

2006 — Princeton (5-0) beat Harvard (5-0), 31-28

2015 — Harvard (6-0) beat Dartmouth (6-0), 14-13
The Dartmouth has a one-on-one with senior nickel Ky McKinney-Crudden. (HERE). Conspicuously missing from the story: McKinney-Crudden walked on to the Dartmouth team and earned not just a starting role, but election by his teammates as a captain.
The local Valley News has a notes column in advance of Saturday's game. (LINK)
The Roar Lions blog makes the interesting point that maybe this game should be called the Rick Taylor Bowl. (LINK) The onetime Dartmouth assistant coach who went on to become head coach at Boston University and eventually athletic director at Northwestern was brought in as a consultant to the Dartmouth program when it was struggling and reprised that role for Columbia. Both, obviously, have gone on to make significant improvements.

Green Alert Take: Some of us were joking yesterday that Taylor's phone might be ringing off the hook after this one ;-)

Green Alert Take II: Taylor's football expertise has been on display not just in the Ivy League, but internationally. (LINK)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

UNH Standout Returns

The Manchester Union Leader reminds us that Ricky Santos, who helped the University New Hampshire become an FCS powerhouse, returns to the Granite State this weekend as quarterback coach at Columbia. Santos once torched Dartmouth for five touchdown passes. (LINK)
An Athlon story written by STATS' Craig Haley lists Dartmouth-Columbia as one of the FCS games of the week nationally. (LINK) Who does he see winning? Here's an excerpt from his capsule on the game:
They’re fairly close statistically and should be on the scoreboard. The Big Green are particularly adept at winning tight games.
Pick: Dartmouth
Columbia's game notes can be found HERE.
Surfing for Columbia material I came across a video that begins with the inflation of the new bubble at the Wien Stadium. Watch the video HERE to see a little from their winter workouts at the Baker Athletics Complex as well as in the bubble. It's another reminder that while indoor facilities have popped up at the Ivy League's southern schools, the conference's northernmost outpost is still battling to get its own facility approved. For what it's worth, the video will get your blood flowing ;-)

A story on the STATS site is headlined: Ivy League touts safety impact of experimental kickoff rule. (LINK)
Here's how Massey sees this week's games shaping up:

Dartmouth 23, Columbia 20 (58 percent confidence)
Princeton 30, at Harvard 24 (68 percent)
Yale 30, at Penn 27 (61 percent)
at Cornell 26, Brown  21 (65 percent)

Colgate  21, at Holy Cross 17 (63 percent)
Sacred Heart 21, at Robert Morris (62 percent)
at Morehead State 34, Stetson 31 (57 percent confidence)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Two Views

Dartmouth's highlights from the Sacred Heart game:

Sacred Heart's highlights from the Dartmouth game:

The Roar Lions blog gives a scouting report on what Dartmouth might attack Saturday (LINK) with this proviso:
Trying to be completely honest about where CU's strengths and weaknesses truly are, I'd do the following five things, (and yes, this is a bit of reverse psychology and I hope the Columbia coaches are planning countermeasures to each).
The Providence Journal breaks the news that Brown grad Chris Berman of ESPN and Dartmouth grad Jake Tapper of CNN will be honorary captains for the Nov. 10 game at Fenway Park.
Speaking of the game in the iconic baseball stadium, the Huff Post has a story headlined, Thinking College Football? Think Fenway Park. (LINK). Mark Lev, Managing Director of Fenway Sports Management, tells the Huff Post:
“We’re expecting more than 20,000 for Brown against Dartmouth and Maine against UMass and we’re expecting a crowd of more than 30,000 to see Boston College take on UConn.”
Thanks to a friend for sharing a link to a Canada Keep Exploring promotional video that features former Dartmouth linebacker/defensive end Matt Oh '11. Slimmed down from his 225-pound playing weight, Oh is living and working as an actor and model in New York City. (See earlier BGA Daily posting.) Oh was in Fairfield, Conn., Saturday to watch his old team defeat Sacred Heart. The screen grab below is from the promotional video for Canada that you can watch HERE.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Miller Back With Jags

Dartmouth-Columbia Noise Starting Up

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The Wise Guys have installed Dartmouth as a 4.5 point favorite at home against Columbia Saturday.

Here's a question for you:

Assuming that home field is usually worth three points, when was the last time an undefeated Dartmouth team was considered 1.5 points better than Columbia on a neutral field?

Elsewhere, here's how the the offshore numbers people see the week:
Princeton is favored by 4 at Harvard
Yale is favored by 3.5 points at Penn
Cornell is a 7.5 point favorite at home against Brown 
Sacred Heart is a 3.5 point favorite at Robert Morris
Colgate is favored by 4 at Holy Cross
Stetson is a 1.5 point underdog at Morehead State
HERO sports has a fun comparison thingie where you can plug in two teams and see how their numbers match up. Check out Dartmouth-Columbia HERE.
Jake Novak at Roar Lions 2017 will be all over the Dartmouth-Columbia game this week. Check out his look at Columbia in light of last week's huge win over Penn HERE.
Lest  you think Dartmouth is the only one producing hype videos, the Columbia video before the Lions' win over Penn can be seen HERE.
At 0-2 in the Ivy League does Penn still have a chance? The Daily Pennsylvanian tries to answer the question HERE.
The Worcester Telegram caught up with Tom Gilmore, the longtime Dartmouth defensive coordinator let go as Holy Cross head coach on Sunday. Read the story HERE. Gilmore told the paper:
We didn’t win as many games as I wanted to in any season because anything less than undefeated was not a good season for me, but at the same time you look at all of the players I had the privilege to coach and one of the reasons I feel so strongly about Holy Cross, that I wanted to be at a place like Holy Cross, that I specifically wanted to be at Holy Cross, is because I know what it can do for a young person’s life and how it can be such a transformative experience.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Top 25? Not This Week

The Big Green actually lost a spot in this week's poll:

Rankings as of 10/16/2017
4167 (160)
4014 (7)
Wofford (6-0)
Richmond (4-2)
Elon (5-1)
Villanova (4-3)
Samford (4-2)
McNeese (5-1)
Montana (5-2)

Following Up

The FCS Coaches Poll is in and Dartmouth comes in at No. 35, but is the only Ivy League team to garner votes. It is in the STATS poll that the Big Green has its best chance to crack the Top-25.

Green Alert Take: There are some who think the Coaches poll is biased against Ivy League teams because some coaches may believe that if Ivy teams are highly ranked and do not go to the playoffs it devalues those playoffs.
The Dartmouth covers the Big Green's win over Sacred Heart from afar. (LINK)
A Cornell Sun Ivy wrap appears under this improbable headline: Around the Ivy League: Columbia, Dartmouth Remain Untouchable. (LINK)
Mike Kern's story on Columbia's win over Penn in the Philadelphia Inquirer (LINK) ends with this interesting question.
It’s not where (Penn) figured to be at the halfway point. Ditto Columbia. So which is the bigger surprise?
What's your answer?

I'll go with Columbia by a mile.
This week's Sagarin Ratings with last week's rating in parentheses:
147 - Yale (158)
154 - Princeton (166)
164 - Harvard (164)
175 - Dartmouth
193 - Penn (191)
196 - Columbia (200)
229 - Cornell (222)
241 - Brown (221)

189 - Holy Cross (182) 
218 - Sacred Heart (218)
250 - Stetson (250)

(254 DI teams rated.)

Sagarin also has something it calls COMBO ratings that it writes are "unbiased, in that they consider only results from the season in question. Starting ratings have no bearing at all." Check the explanation out for yourself HERE

Sagarin COMBO Ratings
106 - Yale
117 - Dartmouth
123 - Columbia
142 - Princeton
182 - Penn
216 - Harvard
229 - Cornell
241 - Brown

172 - Holy Cross
213 - Sacred Heart
244 - Stetson

(254 DI teams rated.)

Green Alert Take: What's important is this year. Wins and losses from last year do not carry over. From here on out, it is the COMBO ratings that will appear here unless someone can explain why the regular Sagarin ratings would be more appropriate.
Given several losses by Top-25 teams to unranked teams, look for Dartmouth to crack the rankings when they come out. The Big Green was 26th a week ago.
The Worcester Telegram goes a little deeper into the midseason firing of head coach Tom Gilmore. (LINK) Included is this quote from Athletic Director Nathan Pine:
“I can’t tell you exactly what happened over the last four weeks. I think with every decision in every game there are a number of things that go into it, but I will say that I’ve seen our play decline and I have seen energy and enthusiasm also decline, and I think that was no more evident than (Saturday) in the defeat at Yale. I do not want to see that trend continue and I thought it was important to make the change now and give us a chance to rebound down the finish line with four conference games.”
And finally, That Certain Dartmouth '14 begins another stint today in Yellowstone National Park as an educational ranger. When the park closes down she'll spend the winter driving a snow coach again and then return to her ranger duties when the park reopens. Here's a still taken from a video celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park System of TCD'14 at the park headquarters swearing in a Junior Ranger.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Gilmore Let Go At Holy Cross

From a Holy Cross release regarding former Dartmouth defensive coordinator Tom Gilmore:
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross Director of Athletics Nathan Pine announced Sunday morning that Tom Gilmore has been relieved of his duties as head football coach, effective immediately.
Find the story HERE.

The Crusaders are 2-5 after Saturday's 32-0 loss to Yale.