CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard was picked to finish in fourth place in the Ivy League football preseason poll, which was released Thursday morning. The Crimson was one of five schools to receive first-place consideration from a panel of media members who regularly cover the league.
Yale finished atop the preseason rankings with 119 points and nine first-place votes with Dartmouth (111 points; 2 first-place votes) and Princeton (107; 4) following close behind. Harvard landed at No. 4 after garnering 93 points with one first-place tally.
Penn, which earned 67 points, came in fifth place ahead of Columbia, the fifth and final team to collect a first-place vote. The Lions finished with 61 points. Cornell (29) and Brown (24) rounded out the poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
Harvard enters the 2019 campaign coming off a strong finish to last season when it won its final three games by an average of 24.7 points en route to a 6-4 overall record. The Crimson is set to return 10 starters and three first-team all-Ivy League selections in Wesley Ogsbury, Aaron Shampklin and Jon Sot.
Harvard opens 2019 on Saturday, Sept. 21, when it faces San Diego in America's Finest City. Game time for the lidlifter is set for 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
2019 Ivy League Football Preseason Poll
Pl. School – Points (First-Place Votes)
1. Yale - 119 (9)
2. Dartmouth - 111 (2)
3. Princeton - 107 (4)
4. Harvard - 93 (1)
5. Penn - 67
6. Columbia - 61 (1)
7. Cornell - 29
8. Brown - 24