Elis Look To Prove Media Wrong

Yale Picked 7th in Ivy Poll

PRINCETON, N.J. –Tony Reno, the Bulldogs' Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, should not have a problem with the media picking Yale seventh in the 2013 Ivy League pre-season poll that was announced today.

The Bulldogs, who have 14 league championships, finished 2-8 overall and were eighth in the Ivy last fall despite defeating the 2012 league champions and competing in many close games.  

That doesn't mean the poll will be accurate, and the Ancient Eight looks like a very balanced race this season. There are new coaches, talented returnees and newcomers, difficult non-league games and plenty of motivation.

Most of Yale's pre-season accolades are going to junior TB Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) and classmate P Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.). Both have been on numerous all-conference squads and rank very high in the region on Phil Steele's FCS position lists. Varga led the FCS in all-purpose yards and was the Ivy's top running back during his first year of American football, while Cazzetta made a huge jump from his rookie year.

Defending champion Penn took the top spot followed by Harvard, Brown and Dartmouth. Princeton and Cornell were fifth and sixth while Columbia was picked No. 8. There were 17 voters, including two media representatives per school and one national member. The poll was released as each of the eight head coaches took part in a media conference call.

All the Bulldogs are back on campus on Aug. 18 to begin preparation for the Sept. 21 opener at Colgate.

 

2013 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON MEDIA POLL
First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank

School

Points

1.

Penn (11)

129

2.

Harvard (5)

121

3.

Brown (1)

88

4.

Dartmouth

76

5.

Princeton

73

6.

Cornell

57

7.

Yale

46

8.

Columbia

22

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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