FCS Season Preview: Ivy League

Collier Winters earned second-team all-league honors last season.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ivy League football coaches like to play off the idea that there's parity within the Ancient Eight.

You know the old familiar lines - that they're recruiting from within the same small pool of high school players, the talent level is close and that on any given Saturday ...

Of course, it's easy to say that in August and September. Try checking the league standings in November.

Penn and Harvard usually stand out, having won 10 of the last 13 Ivy titles. And it's unlikely to change this season as both powers return excellent talent.

Penn rolled to the title last season behind a defense that led the Football Championship Subdivision in scoring defense (9.5 pg) and total defense (217.6 ypg). The Quakers allowed only 21 points in their final five games, squashing Harvard, 17-7, along the way in a much-anticipated game in Cambridge, Mass.

Penn's offense comes back stronger than the defense this season, but no Ivy offense appears as powerful as Harvard's, which abounds with depth. The Crimson, who have to travel to Philadelphia on Nov. 13 for another potential Ivy championship game with Penn, was picked first in the league's preseason media poll ahead of the Quakers.  continue>>

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