The Ivy League all began on the gridiron — as a football league — so we like to keep our readers abreast of the Ivy League football standings. And the final Ivy League football standings are in. The University of Pennsylvania has claimed exclusive ownership of the 2012 Ivy League football crown. That’s right — no shared titles this year. At 6-1 in the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania stands alone. In second, Harvard University is alone as well with a respectable 5-2 mark in league play. In third is a three-way tie between Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Princeton University — all three have records of 4-3 in Ivy League play.
At the other end of the Ivy League football standings for 2012 are Cornell University and Columbia University. These New York schools both posted 2-5 records in Ivy League play this year. Not exactly something to write home about. But even worse than Cornell and Columbia’s records is the record of Yale University. Yale posted a 1-6 record this season in Ivy League play (ouch!). The Bulldogs were 2-8 overall (not much better!).
This latest title for Penn marks the university’s third outright football title in the last four seasons. A pretty remarkable run! In fact, of Penn’s 16 Ivy League titles, 13 of them are not shared with any other schools (the titles were won outright). And for head coach Al Bagnoli, this marks his ninth Ivy League football title — none of which has he ever shared with an Ivy League foe. So for the graduating seniors, they’re walking away with three rings on their fingers. Only one proved elusive.