Ivy title within reach for Bulldogs
Yale can clinch share of crown by beating Princeton
NEW HAVEN — It’s been 11 years since Yale last won an Ivy League football championship; 37 years since it took one outright.
So the final two games of the season can ease quite a burden on the program.
If the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) win today at Princeton (1 p.m., Eleven Sports) they clinch at least a share of the Ivy crown. Another win over Harvard on Nov. 18 gives Yale the championship outright.
Well aware of what’s riding on the next two games, the Bulldogs know enough not to get too far ahead of themselves.
“We’re not trying to think about what’s at stake,” sophomore offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen said. “We’re only thinking about preparing for a nameless, faceless opponent like we’ve done all season.”
Yale entered last weekend in a three-way tie for first place with Cornell and Columbia. The Bulldogs held up their end of the bargain, pounding Brown 34-7 on Friday night at the Yale Bowl.
Less than 24 hours later, everything had fallen into place. While Yale was gathering at the Bowl for a team photo shoot on Saturday afternoon, its rivals were busy taking out the competition.
Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media Yale’s Zane Dudek fights for extra yardage against Columbia earlier this season.