Football 50 Yard Line

With Brown’s 45-16 rout of Dartmouth and Harvard’s 24-21 thrilling win over Penn this Saturday, the Ivy League Football title will come down to the final weekend.

Brown and Harvard enter the last Saturday of the 2008 season each at 5-1. The Bears host Columbia at 1 p.m. while The Crimson welcomes Yale at Noon in the 125th edition of The Game and The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF. The two teams will share the Ivy title with wins. A Brown win and a Harvard loss would give the Bears their fourth-ever Ivy title and first since 2005. A Harvard win and a Brown loss would give the Crimson its 13th Ivy championship and third in five seasons (2004 and 2007).

For the first time in Ivy League history, four teams could share the Ivy Football title. If Brown loses to Columbia, Yale defeats Harvard and Penn wins over Cornell, the League crown will be shared by Brown, Harvard, Penn and Yale with identical 5-2 League records. Twice three teams shared the Ivy Football title since 1956 –- in 1966 (Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton at 6-1) and 1982 (Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn at 5-2). The 2006 season was the last time the Ivy title was shared when Princeton and Yale each ended the 2006 season at 6-1.

Here is the schedule for the final weekend of the 2008 Ivy Football season:

Yale at Harvard, Noon
Columbia at Brown, 12:30 p.m.
Penn at Cornell, 1 p.m.
Dartmouth at Princeton, 1 p.m.

The Yale-Harvard game can be seen nationally on the VERSUS Network (DirecTV 608, DISH 151) and heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 130).


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