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While Penn football has their Ivy opener this weekend, four other Ancient Eight squads got their first Ivy action this past weekend.

Credit: Zach Sheldon

Ivy League football season has begun and the competition is getting fierce.

As of now, Yale and Harvard sit atop the conference with 1-0 records in the Ancient Eight, while Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Columbia all are 2-0, but have yet to start conference play. Brown and Cornell currently sit in last place, each with 0-1 conference records. 

After Penn’s big win at Lehigh last weekend, the Quakers are now 2-0 and are confident as they prepare for Dartmouth on Friday. After defeating Ohio Dominican University in their opening game, the Red and Blue appear as a threat offensively and are working their way to their third straight Ivy League championship. 

In other Ivy League news, the Harvard Crimson defeated the Brown Bears 45-28 at Harvard Stadium this past weekend. Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) is not a team to underestimate as they are projected to have a very successful season and be a competitive opponent within the Ivy League. Brown (1-1, 0-1), on the other hand, is projected to finish towards the bottom of the conference.

On a similar note, Yale defeated Cornell 49-24 at the Yale Bowl, leaving them tied with Harvard for the early conference lead. While the Big Red (0-2, 0-1) have had a rough start to their season, the Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) have been successful in their 2017 campaign.

Dartmouth beat the Holy Cross Crusaders this past weekend in a 27-26 overtime win at home. The Big Green (2-0, 0-0) currently sitting in the middle of the league are looking forward to facing the Quakers this Friday at Franklin Field. Traditionally its been a competitive matchup, and Penn win for the first time in three years last year.

Princeton crushed the Lafayette Leopards 38-17 this past weekend on the road. Although they are sitting in the middle of the league with their rivals Dartmouth, Penn and Columbia, the Tigers are proving to be successful on the offensive side of the ball. Up next Princeton faces Columbia in the Ivy League this Saturday. 

Last but not least, Columbia demolished the Georgetown Hoyas in a 35-14 win at home in New York. Both the Lions (2-0, 0-0) and the Princeton Tigers (2-0, 0-0) are undefeated, so the upcoming game this Saturday is not one to miss. Hopefully a win on either side will break up the contest for third place in the league. 

Penn’s journey to a three-peat begins this weekend and you don’t want to miss it.