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Harvard, Princeton Selected as #IvyFootball Preseason Favorites

Harvard, Princeton Selected as #IvyFootball Preseason Favorites

2017 Preseason Teleconference

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the third time in Ivy League history and the first since 2008, the Ivy League football preseason media poll has resulted in a tie.

Defending co-champion Princeton and 2015 co-champion Harvard each garnered 120 points to tie for first in the preseason poll, while two-time defending champion Penn was close behind in third-place with 110 points. Those three teams combined to receive 16 first-place votes, with the Tigers earning six and Crimson and Quakers each collecting five.

Yale came in fourth with 71 points, followed by Dartmouth (60), Brown (57), Columbia (38) and Cornell (36).

The Crimson finds itself atop the preseason poll for the third-straight year and seventh time over the past 10 years. The Tigers are preseason favorites for the sixth time overall and first since 2014. Penn may be happy with its position in the preseason poll, as the Quakers have proven the media wrong for eight of their League-leading 18 Ivy titles, including each of the past two seasons.

In the 40 recorded Ivy League preseason polls, the media has correctly picked the League champion 12 times for a success rate of .300. Harvard was the last team to win the title after being selected to finish first, accomplishing the feat in 2015.

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Princeton (6) 120
1. Harvard (5) 120
3. Penn (5) 110
4. Yale 71
5. Dartmouth 60
6. Brown (1) 57
7. Columbia 38
8. Cornell 36








The Ivy League is the most diverse intercollegiate conference in the country with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing each year. Sponsoring conference championships in 33 men's and women's sports and averaging more than 35 varsity teams at each school, the Ivy League provides more intercollegiate athletic opportunities per school than any other conference in the country. All eight Ivy schools are among the top 20 of NCAA Division I schools in number of sports offered for both men and women and enjoy regular competitive success at the highest championship levels of NCAA Division I athletics.

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