PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn, coming off back-to-back championship seasons, was the predominant pick to win the 2011 Ivy League football title in the League's annual preseason media poll.
Penn was unveiled as the 2011 preseason favorite, receiving 12 of the 17 first-place votes for a total of 129 points from a panel of media representatives, on the League's media day teleconference. The Quakers (9-1, 7-0 Ivy League in 2010) were voted to the top spot for the first time since 2005 and look to become the Ivy team to three-peat since Dartmouth in 1990-92. In that three-year span, the Big Green tied with Cornell for the 1990 title, won the 1991 title outright and tied with Princeton for the 1992 crown.
Penn enters the 2011 season on a 15-game unbeaten streak in Ivy games, the third-longest winning streak in League history. The Quakers' quest for a three-peat will rely on the talents of a pair of juniors -- quarterback Billy Ragone and running back Brandon Colavita -- on the offensive side of the ball and talented trio -- junior defensive lineman Brandon Copeland, senior linebacker Erik Rask and senior defensive back Matt Hamscher -- to anchor Al Bagnoli's traditionally-stingy defense.
Harvard (7-3, 5-2 Ivy) was selected second in the preseason poll with 118 points and two first-place votes. The Crimson has registered at least seven wins in each of the last 10 years, making Harvard the first team in the history of Ivy League football to post such a string of successful seasons. In 2007, Harvard became the first Ivy team to post a string of seven such seasons together.
Finishing in the top half of the preseason poll for a
fifth-straight year, Yale (6-4, 4-3 Ivy) placed third with 95
points and one first-place vote. The Bulldogs will be in search of
their first Ivy title since 2006 and will be led by the senior
quartet of quarterback Patrick Witt, running back
Alex Thomas, linebacker Jordan
Haynes and defensive back Drew
Brown (6-4, 5-2 Ivy) rounded out the top half of the poll in fourth with 90 points and the remaining two first-place votes, followed by Dartmouth (6-4, 3-4 Ivy) in fifth with 73 points, Columbia (4-6, 2-5 Ivy) in sixth with 45 points and Cornell (2-8, 1-6Ivy ) and Princeton (1-9, 0-7 Ivy) in a tie for seventh with 31 points each.
2011 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
First-Place Votes in Parentheses