Forget the first two games of the season.
Penn football plays higher-caliber teams at the beginning of every year.
Well, that was an emphatic start.
Using a physical, ground-heavy attack centered around junior running back Tre Solomon, Penn football scored early and often in a 37-24 shellacking of fellow Ivy co-champion Dartmouth Friday night.
Yes, Dartmouth went on to take the title, sharing it with Penn and Harvard after going 6-1 in conference play. But fast forward to this year.
The Good: After ending the first half with a sizable, the Quakers gained momentum with a powerful performance by Tre Solomon.
In a turnover-ridded, mistake-filled game, Fordham managed to make fewer costly errors en route to a 31-17 defeat of the Quakers.
Ask any civilian on the street who the nation’s premier power couple is, and you’ll probably get some varied responses; Kim and Kanye, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Brad and Angelina are among many names that might get thrown out there.
But within the realm of Penn Athletics, the answer is quite simple: Bob and Juli.
On Saturday evening, Penn football showed that they are a good Ivy League team, just not a great FCS team.
If last year was a tale of two seasons for Penn football, Saturday was a tale of two halves.
Hosting Lehigh in the team’s season opener, the Quakers fell, 49-28, scoring 28 first-half points before getting shut out in the second half to the previously winless Mountain Hawks (1-2).
One Penn cheerleader knelt and another raised her fist during the national anthem at Penn football’s opening game against Lehigh.
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After unexpectedly posting a 7-3 record and cruising to an Ivy League title a season ago, Penn football will kick off its 2016 season Saturday when it hosts Lehigh (0-2) at Franklin Field.
It turned out that Penn football didn’t need a new vision; it needed to remember why it had been the Ivy League’s dominant program for more than 20 years.
On the field, Penn football will go as far as Torgersen and Watson can take them.
Following Tyler Drake’s graduation, the Red and Blue will be forced to reshuffle their linebacking corps as they look to repeat as Ivy champions.
That’s the phrase that was written across the shoulders on the Penn football team’s 2015 Ivy League Champion t-shirts last year.
In 2015, Penn football’s coaches had the guts to start three true freshmen in its defensive backfield — and their brashness brought home an Ivy League championship.
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The FBS season may be underway, but for the Ivy League, we have yet to kick off.
That’s what will be important to keep in mind this fall: Penn football may have won the Ivy League title last season in an unexpected comeback, but they only won a third of it.
After an impressive 2015 season in which Penn football only allowed 12 sacks all year, the Quakers' offensive line faces a new challenge.
Halfbacks Brian Schoenauer and Tre Solomon specialize in one thing: Title runs.
There are nine days until Penn football kicks off its 2016 campaign. That’s 22 days after the first college football game of the season.
Sports buffs out there will know that the first game, a matchup between Cal and Hawaii on August 26 in Sydney, Australia, is in the FBS division whereas the Quakers' first game against Lehigh on September 17 at 5 p.m.