Football Placed Atop Ivy League Preseason Poll

Football Placed Atop Ivy League Preseason Poll

Harvard and Princeton tied for first in the Ivy football preseason poll (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For just the third time in the storied history of the Ivy League, there has been a tie among the top of the football preseason poll. The Crimson (five first-place votes), along with Princeton (six first-place votes), have tied for the top spot in the 2017 poll.

Heading into the 144th season of Harvard football, the Crimson have ended up on top of the preseason poll for the third-straight year. Harvard and Princeton both totaled 120 points, followed by Penn (110 points), Yale (71), Dartmouth (60), Brown (57), Columbia (38) and Cornell (36). Penn earned five first-place votes, along with Brown who earned one.

The Crimson has won at least seven games in each of the last 16 seasons, an Ivy League record. Harvard returns over half of the starters from last season, including leading passer Joe Viviano, leading rusher Semar Smith and leading tackler Luke Hutton.

Tim Murphy has led the Crimson to nine conference titles during the 24 years he has been at the helm of Harvard football. Murphy is 163-66 (.725) record at Harvard and is the school's all-time winningest coach. 

Coach Murphy Ivy Teleconference Quotes

"This year, as you look at our football team starting with the offense, I think at any level these days it all starts at quarterback and I feel like we have two quality quarterbacks: Joe Viviano, senior, and junior Tom Stewart. Joe, because he was a fifth-year senior, was not here in the spring and gave us an opportunity to see Tommy Stewart and Tommy really had an outstanding spring. I'm very comfortable, but between those two guys we're going to have some quality and depth at quarterback and obviously, a lot of competition and it's obviously our job as an offensive staff and my job as the head coach to figure out who us going to be the starter and I will definitely name a starter certainly within 10 days of our opener."

"Defensively, I think our back end will be a veteran group. We're really excited about our secondary led by senior Raishaun McGhee and Tanner Lee. Up front, DJ Bailey, a junior from southern California, is really one of the outstanding linemen in our league. He reminds me a lot of Zach Hodges, not that it's easy to compare him to a two-time Bushnell winner."

"Luke Hutton is a guy who, obviously to be promoted to single captain at an Ivy League school, I think that says it all in terms of the respect our players and coaches have for him. Luke's one of those guys who played a whole lot of safety in high school so he's a very athletic linebacker and he's one of those guys who has a great feel for the game. There's a lot of other things you could say but boy does he know our defense inside and out, he's a great motivator for the other players and he's one of those guys who is always where he's supposed to be when he's supposed to be there." 

Harvard will open the season Sept. 16 at Rhode Island and then host Brown Sept. 23 at Harvard Stadium to kick-off Ivy League play.






Princeton (6)



Harvard (5)



Penn (5)









Brown (1)