Princeton, Harvard Share Top Spot In Preseason Media Poll; Tigers Face 4 Of Top 5 On The Road

  • August 8, 2017

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When the Ivy League announced the 2017 football preseason poll, three things jumped out:

• two teams (Princeton and Harvard) share the top spot
• three teams (Princeton, Harvard and Penn) claimed either five or six first-place votes, and all three were within 10 points of each other atop the poll
• four (Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth, and Brown) of the five highest-ranked teams in the poll will host Princeton this season, including the three other teams that received at least one first-place vote

For only the sixth time in program history, Princeton was voted atop the Ivy League football preseason poll, which was announced shortly before the annual media teleconference with the eight Ivy head coaches. Princeton, which earned six first-place votes and 120 total points, shares the top spot with Harvard (five first-place votes); this is the third time in Ivy League history that two teams have shared the top spot in the preseason poll (2000: Cornell and Yale; 2008: Harvard & Yale).

Princeton, which won its final four games last fall to capture the 2016 Ivy League championship, will open its season Sept. 16 at home against Pioneer League champion San Diego (12 pm). Following a road game at Lafayette, the Tigers will open their Ivy League season Sept. 30 against Columbia (12:30 pm). Princeton will host Georgetown Oct. 7 at 1 pm, and then it will play three of its next four games on the road against teams that received at least one first-place vote in the media poll: Oct. 14 at Brown; Oct. 20 at Harvard; Nov. 4 at Penn.

You can purchase both season tickets or single-game tickets now by visiting the Princeton Football Tickets page. Season ticket prices this fall are $50 for general public/alumni, and $35 for youth (12 and under), as well as faculty & staff, and there are new benefits available for season ticket holders.

Princeton was also picked atop the preseason poll in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1992, and 2014. Last year, Princeton was picked fifth in the preseason poll, but it led the Ivy League in scoring/total/rushing offense, as well as scoring/total/rushing defense en route to winning the program’s 11th Ivy League championship.

(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Harvard (5) 120
2. Princeton (6) 120
3. Penn (5) 110
4. Yale 71
5. Dartmouth 60
6. Brown (1) 57
7. Columbia 38
8. Cornell 36