The University of Pennsylvania is the preseason favorite to win its fourth Ivy League football title in five seasons, according to a poll of media representatives who regularly cover the eight-team conference.
The Philadelphia university received 11 of the 17 first-place votes and 129 points in the balloting, which the league released today in an e-mail. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is second with 121 points and five first-place votes, followed by Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with 88 points and one first-place ballot.
Winners of 16 Ivy League titles since 1956, the Quakers return a core of players from last year’s championship-winning team, including quarterback Billy Ragone and running backs Lyle Marsh and Brandon Colavita.
Harvard, which finished second last year after winning the title in 2011, also returns key players, including tight end Cameron Brate, a unanimous All-Ivy selection in 2012, and defensive back Chris Splinter, who had a league-high five interceptions last year. The Crimson have finished third or higher every year since 1999.
Dartmouth College, led by quarterback Dalyn Williams, last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, finished fourth in the voting. Winners of a league-record 17 Ivy titles, the Big Green last won the conference championship in 1996.
Princeton finished fifth in the voting, followed by Cornell, Yale and Columbia. Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews averaged a league-high 355.1 yards passing per game in 2012, 99 yards per game more than the next quarterback, Colton Chapple of Harvard.
2013 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll (First-place Votes in Parentheses) Rank School Points 1. Penn (11) 129 2. Harvard (5) 121 3. Brown (1) 88 4. Dartmouth 76 5. Princeton 73 6. Cornell 57 7. Yale 46 8. Columbia 22