By Matt Noonan
After a year away from the gridiron due to Covid-19, the Princeton University football team will enter the 2021 season as the team to beat in the Ivy League.
Picked to finish first in the Ivy League Preseason Poll, which was released earlier today, the Tigers secured eight first-place votes, along with a league-high 113 points “by a panel of 16 media members from across the league.”
Yale University and Dartmouth College, who shared the conference title in 2019 checked in second and third, respectively — Yale garnered six first-place votes and 104 points while Dartmouth secured one first-place nod and 88 points.
Harvard University rounded out the top four spots with 87 points in the voting while the University of Pennsylvania checked in fifth. Brown University, Columbia University, and Cornell University rounded out the eight-team poll, securing the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions, respectively.
“It’s always nice to see our program held in high regards,” said Princeton football coach Bob Surace in a statement earlier today.
“It’s great to be the preseason pick, but every league team will start practice thinking they will be (number one) when the season ends. We have to work hard every day to reach out goals. I know every one of our guys is excited to get started.”
The 2021 Ivy League season kicks off Saturday, September 18 with eight intriguing matchups — Princeton will visit Lehigh University while Yale will host Holy Cross.