Brown Picked To Finish Sixth In Ivy League Football Preseason Poll

Ivy League Press Release

PRINCETON, N.J. — Ivy League champions two of the last four seasons, Princeton was selected as the League favorite in the 2021 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll. The poll was voted on by a panel of 16 media members from across the league.

The Tigers, who claimed a share of the Ivy crown in 2016 and won it outright in 2018, received eight first-place votes and accumulated 113 total points. During the 2019 campaign, Princeton opened the season with a 7-0 start before falling to eventual Ivy League co-champions Dartmouth and Yale. The Tigers will be led by Jeremiah Tyler, who was recently 1-of-35 players named to the Stats Perform Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. 

Yale ranked second with a total of 104 points in the poll to go along with six first-place votes. The Bulldogs went 9-1 in 2019 on their way to claiming their 16th Ivy League title.

Dartmouth, the other reigning Ivy champion, was selected third with 88 points and one first-place vote. The Big Green slightly edged Harvard, which sits fourth on the preseason ledger with 87 points.

The poll was rounded out by Penn with 61 points, Brown with 52 points, Columbia with 44 points and Cornell with 27 points.

Over the past five seasons, 5-of-8 teams have captured an Ivy League championship—Dartmouth (2015, 2019), Harvard (2015), Penn (2015, 2016), Princeton (2016, 2018) and Yale (2017, 2019).

The 2021 Ivy League football season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 18, with six games to appear on ESPN linear networks throughout the season. All Ivy League home games not appearing in the ESPN linear package will air on ESPN+ and select games will also simulcast on regional sports networks.

Twenty-five Ivies earned National Football League (NFL) roster spots last season, with 22 appearing in a regular-season game and 12 advancing to the NFL Playoffs. The campaign was culminated with Harvard grad Cameron Brate and Penn alum Justin Watson hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2021 Ivy League Football Preseason Poll (First Place Votes)
1. Princeton – 113 (8)
2. Yale – 104 (6)
3. Dartmouth – 88 (1)
4. Harvard – 87
5. Penn – 61
6. Brown – 52
7. Columbia – 44 (1)
8. Cornell – 27

About the Ivy League
The Ivy League stands at the pinnacle of higher education and Division I athletics, rooted in the longstanding, defining principle that intercollegiate athletics competition should be “kept in harmony with the essential educational purposes of the institution.” Unrivaled in its legacy, The Ivy League provides the true test of academic and co-curricular rigor – fostering an enduring culture that celebrates a storied-tradition, thrives on shared values and holds paramount the academic and personal growth of students.

Consistently ranked as the top academic conference and with more national championships than any other collegiate athletic conference (287 team, 546 individual), The Ivy League showcased 98 nationally-ranked programs in 2018-19 and prides itself on sponsoring 33 sports, the highest number of any NCAA conference, with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing annually. The League’s world-renowned schools – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale – serve as the standard bearers for inspiring and transforming student-athletes to boldly take on the world’s challenges and lead lives of great impact.

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