Ivy League Football Weekly - Episode 3
Your host, Brandon Wachs, recaps the past week of Ivy League Football, talks about WHRB's Ivy League Power Rankings, and gives his predictions for the upcoming week of Ivy League Play. The show begins with an intro focused on the Columbia Lions huge win against Penn and their surprising uprising to the top Ivy league. Then the show moves to the Harvard win over Lafayette. The Crimson won at home 38-10 over the struggling Lafayette Leopards. The Crimson running game was the big story of the day a Charlie Booker III and Aaron Shampklin had huge days. Booker III rushed for 159 yards on the day. Furthermore, the special teams for the Crimson played a large role as both a kick return and punt return went for touchdowns. While expressing excitement about the win and emergence of the ground game, Brandon cautions Crimson fans to not get overly optimistic because of the lack of a passing attack in the victory.
The show continues to go through the Ivy League games focusing on the Dartmouth victory over Sacred Heart. Your host walks you through the comeback of the Big Green over the Sacred Heart Pioneers, crowning the Big Green as the "Cardiac kids of the Ivy League" and "the best second half team in the Ivy League". Brandon points to the key turnovers Dartmouth forced as the driving force of the comeback. The takeaways from the Dartmouth game are the strong second half defense the Big Green have shown and the clutch play by Jack Heneghan.
Before moving towards the changes in the WHRB Ivy League Power Rankings, the show goes over its Game of the Week, Columbia hosting Penn. Columbia pulled off the huge victory against Penn in overtime 34-31 to move to 5-0. The game also brings us our highlight of the week in Josh Wainwright's game winning touchdown which caused the crowd to storm the field. Your host points to Anders Hill's huge day with 3 touchdowns and Josh Wainwrights consistently dominant play this season as the catalysts for this surprise Columbia season.
The show then moves to WHRB's Ivy League Power Rankings which look as follows: 1. Darmouth 2. Columbia 3. Yale 4. Penn 5. Princeton 6. Harvard 7. Cornell 8. Brown.
Finally, the show concludes with a look towards next week and the big games that lie ahead. The two main games to look forward to next week are Harvard hosting Princeton and the WHRB Game of the Week, Columbia traveling to Dartmouth. Brandon Wachs states that the Crimson must continue "to pound the rock to keep the ball away from the Princeton offense" in order to keep its defense off the field. He predicts that the Crimson either win a close grind it out game or that the game gets out of hand with Princeton finding success through the air. Lastly, the Ivy League Game of the week is a match up of the last two undefeated teams in the Ivy League between Columbia and Dartmouth. Your host predicts a well played, close game in New Hampshire that Dartmouth finds a way to win late.
Scores from last week: Harvard 38 Lafayette 10, Princeton 53 Brown 0, Yale 32 Holy Cross 0, Dartmouth 29 Sacred Heart 26, Bucknell 26 Cornell 18, Columbia 34 Pennsylvania 31
- Columbia is the Story of the Year and the changes that Coach Magnoli has made.
- The Crimson now have a blueprint for how to win games.
- A discussion on who the best receivers and quarterback are in the Ivy League.
- The great game that Columbia versus Dartmouth should be.
Brandon Wachs is the host of Ivy League Football Weekly and the Sports Director for WHRB.
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