Ivy League Football hits the national spotlight this weekend as The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF on the VERSUS Network kicks off Saturday, October 11 at Noon with the unbeaten Cornell Big Red (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League) taking on the Harvard Crimson (2-1, 0-1) at famed Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.

Looking for its first Ivy win this season, Harvard is paced by senior quarterback Chris Pizzotti, who leads the Ivy League and ranks third in the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense at 323.3 yards per game and passing at 307.0 yards per game. Cornell counters with the connection of senior quarterback Nathan Ford, ranked second in the League at 239.7 passing yards per game, to senior wide receiver Jesse Baker, the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, who leads all Ivy receivers with four touchdowns.

The Cornell-Harvard matchup is the first of five Ivy Football games on VERSUS as a part the The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF package. The home of the National Hockey League and the Tour de France, VERSUS will televise a total of 23 college football games during the 2008 season, up from 19 games in 2007 and nine in 2006. The schedule includes eight games from the Mountain West Conference and five games each from the Pacific-10 and Big 12 conferences and the Ivy League. The five Ivy Football games will reach more homes than any other games in League history, as VERSUS is currently in more than 73 million U.S. homes.

The Ivy League broadcast team will be Rich Ackerman calling the action with Dale Hellestrae providing the analysis and Bob Harwood roaming the sidelines. VERSUS College Football Central includes The Sears Halftime Report each game as well as pregame and postgame shows on select telecasts. The studio shows are hosted by Ted Robinson and Roland Williams and originate from the network’s HD studio in Stamford, Conn.

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VERSUS’ Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF 2008 schedule follows:

Date Time Game
October 11 Noon Cornell at Harvard
October 25 4pm Dartmouth at Columbia
November 1 Noon Brown at Penn
November 15 Noon Princeton at Yale
November 22 Noon Yale at Harvard


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