For the first time since October 26, 2013, Harvard University has lost a football game. While Dartmouth College would come mighty close this year to toppling the Crimson, it was the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania that completed the task on this fourteenth day of November. At Harvard Stadium, the Quakers out-dueled the Crimson by a score of 35-25. The win changes the landscape of the Ivy League standings with Harvard, Dartmouth, and Penn now all owning a share of first place.
If all three teams win in the final week of Ivy League play, they will all claim a share of the Ivy League title. That’s how Ivy League football works. There is no tie-breaker, like how there is in Ivy League basketball since there’s only one bid to the NCAA Tournament from the Ivy League. After all, there is no playoff for the Ivy League football squads.
So you can bet that there were celebrations today not only in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but also in Hanover, New Hampshire since the Big Green, the winningest football team in Ivy League history, needed a Harvard loss in order to claim a share of the crown. And you can bet there were celebrations in Providence, Rhode Island, too, since that’s where the Big Green were (after beating Brown) when they learned of the Harvard defeat.
But the real victory today belongs to Penn. Congratulations to the University of Pennsylvania for their mighty upset over a seemingly unbeatable opponent. In sport, in any given game, the underdog can have its day. The underdog Quakers had their day today. Game on next Sunday when Harvard faces Yale, Penn faces Cornell, and Dartmouth faces Princeton. Of those three opponents, Yale will likely be the toughest since their record is 3-3. Princeton has two wins. Cornell only one.
Could Harvard fall even further? We’ll know come this time next week!