The Ivy League was formed not to combine Nobel Prize-winning scientists under one umbrella. Nor was it formed to combine library books. No, it was formed to combine football teams so each respective Ivy League institution could compete against one another on the gridiron. And, in history, which of the eight Ancient Eight institutions has won the most Ivy League football titles? Look no further than Dartmouth College, many of them won under its current coach Buddy Teevens during his two wildly successful tenures leading the program. Last year, Dartmouth and Princeton University shared the Ivy League crown. This year, Harvard University and Dartmouth rank atop the preseason Ivy League football poll.
In this year’s Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll, Harvard and Dartmouth each collected 108 votes, with Harvard collecting 8 first place votes to Dartmouth’s 4. Princeton placed third with 105 votes, including 4 first place votes. Yale University placed fourth with 83 votes, Columbia University fifth with 67 votes, University of Pennsylvania sixth with 49 votes, Brown University seventh with 29 votes, and Cornell University eighth with 27 votes.
As the Ivy League football teams kick off action this weekend, it will be interesting to see if Dartmouth claims its third straight title or if another Ivy reclaims the crown. Crowns have been changing hands of late. Will the same hold true in 2022 Ivy League football action? Do stay tuned!
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