The annual preseason media poll projecting the Ivy League football standings was released Tuesday, with the Bears picked to finish fourth, rounding out the league’s top half in 2011. Last year, Bruno finished with a 5-2 conference record, good enough for a tie for second in the Ivy League. Penn finished its Ivy League schedule undefeated in 2010 and, with a current 12-game conference winning streak, is the poll’s pick to win the league and post the first three-peat in 19 years.
Between the Quakers and Bears are Harvard and Yale, picked to finish second and third, respectively. Brown received two first place votes in the poll, and the league is expected to see the most parity its had in recent years. The football should be fun to watch, too — every team in the league is returning a talented quarterback, and the league is looking forward to some potent offenses.
As many college football fans know, though, preseason rankings can mean practically nothing. In all likelihood, they won’t have much impact on how the Bears approach the season or any of their opponents, either.
“Those projections don’t mean much,” wrote offensive lineman Brian Ellixson ’11 in an email to the Herald last September. “They’re mostly made by people who make slight adjustments off last year’s standings.”
If anything, the rankings are a sign that the football season is nearing, and fans can start getting excited for a season in which the Bears look poised to challenge for their third league title in seven years. Bruno’s first two games will be on the road at Stony Brook University and Harvard before returning to Brown Stadium October 1 to take on URI under the lights in the battle for the Governor’s Cup.
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