New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth second in Ivy poll

PRINCETON, N.J. — For the second-straight season, Yale was picked as the League favorite in the 2019 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll.

The Bulldogs, who are a year removed from an outright League crown, received nine of 17 first-place votes and accumulated 129 points. Yale will be led by senior wide receiver Reed Klubnik, who is 1-of-25 players on the preseason watch list for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award — given annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Klubnik ranked among the top 10 in the FCS and set a Yale program record with 1,143 receiving yards in 2018.

Yale got the nod over Dartmouth, which returns 2018 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year senior defensive back Isiah Swann, and earned two first-place votes and 111 points, and reigning Ivy League champion Princeton, which received four first-place votes and tallied 107 points. Swann is 1-of-25 players on the preseason watch list for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award — presented annually to the most outstanding defensive player in the FCS.

Princeton is coming off a 10-0 season—the 13th unbeaten campaign in Ivy League history—while Dartmouth finished 2018 with a 9-1 mark. The Big Green’s lone loss during the 2018 campaign came by a 14-9 margin to Princeton in the battle of the unbeatens on Nov. 3.

This year’s meeting will take place Nov. 9, at Yankee Stadium and—as part of the yearlong celebration of college football’s 150th anniversary—will commemorate Princeton’s participation in the first college football game against neighboring Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869.

Harvard sits fourth in the preseason ledger with one first-place vote and 93 points. The Crimson finished third in the League a year ago, behind the aforementioned Princeton and Dartmouth sides.

The bottom half of the poll features Penn with 67 points, Columbia with one first-place vote and 61 points, Cornell with 29 points and Brown with 24 points.

Over the past four seasons, five of the eight Ivy League teams have captured an Ivy League championship—Dartmouth (2015), Harvard (2015), Penn (2015, 2016), Princeton (2016, 2018) and Yale (2017).

The Ivy League is coming off a 2018 campaign in which it led the FCS in non-conference winning percentage (.750) and NFL representation (24 players) for the second-straight season.


Rank School Points
1. Yale (9) 119
2. Dartmouth (2) 111
3. Princeton (4) 107
4. Harvard (1) 93
5. Penn 67
6. Columbia (1) 61
7. Cornell 29
8. Brown 24

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