Football Team Closes Perfect Season With #9 National Ranking, The Highest Ivy Finish Since 1986

  • January 7, 2019

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The final FCS national polls were released Friday, and Princeton closed the perfect 2018 season as the ninth ranked team in the country in both the AFCA Coaches Poll and the FCS Stats Media Poll. This is the highest final ranking for an Ivy League football team since 1986, when Penn finished as the seventh-ranked team.

Princeton, which completed its first perfect season since 1964 to win the outright Ivy League title, reached as high as #8 during the regular season in the AFCA poll, which was the highest it had been ranked since Division I-AA/FCS level began in 1978.

You can see both final polls here and here.

Princeton, which has now won three of the last six Ivy League championships, set an Ivy League record for scoring offense (47.0 points/game) and was ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (2nd), total offense (3rd), third-down conversion percentage (3rd), turnover margin (4th), rushing offense (6th) and rushing defense (7th). The Tigers’ average margin of victory was 34.0 points during the season, a testament to the dominance on both sides of the ball. Princeton scored at least 50 points in five of 10 games (including two 66-point efforts), and the Tigers held eight of 10 opponents to 14 or fewer points, including a Dartmouth team that finished in the Top 20 in both final polls.