Harvard University has been chosen by a panel of media representatives to defend its Ivy League football title in this preseason’s Ivy League football rankings. Harvard, which finished 9-1 overall last year, including 7-0 in Ivy League play, secured 13 of the 17 first-place votes, with Penn and Cornell both receiving two first place votes. Penn finished the 2011 campaign with a record of 5-5 overall and 4-3 in Ivy League play. Cornell finished the 2011 season with a 5-5 overall record, but finished Ivy League play at 3-4. This marks the fourth time in the last five preseason rankings that Harvard has been predicted to claim the Ivy title.
Finishing second in the Ivy League preseason poll is the aforementioned Cornell University followed by the University of Pennsylvania. Brown University finished fourth, while Yale University football finished fifth. Rounding out the bottom three — in this order — are Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and Princeton University. To give you perspective, Princeton received 31 points in the poll. Harvard received 132 points.
Do you think that Harvard will be able to successfully defend its Ivy League championship? Or do you think an upset will brew? And while you’re here, we’ve got a bit of trivia for you. Which university won the Rose Bowl in 1934? Ready go. If you haven’t yet guessed, the answer is Columbia University, led by our dear friend, the late Cliff Montgomery at QB. Didn’t know Columbia had won the big game? Now you do!