PHILADELPHIA - For the first time in program history, the University of Pennsylvania football team is heading to the Sunshine State to kick off its 2014 campaign on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville. The Red and Blue's other non-conference foes include potential Top 25 teams in Villanova and Fordham. Homecoming is set for Nov. 1 against Brown.
Penn's season-opening matchup with the Dolphins will also mark the program's first flight out of the Northeast since the 2004 season opener at San Diego. The Quakers are 3-0 all-time against the Pioneer League, including a 2-0 mark against Davidson, who they last played 1985, and the 61-18 win over the Toreros a decade ago.
The Quakers return to the friendly confines of Franklin Field the following week to take on Villanova. Penn's home opener will mark the 19th all-time meeting between the schools, including each of the last 11 years. Villanova has won 13 straight encounters dating back to 1911.
Ivy League play kicks off Oct. 4 when Penn travels to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth. Last year’s match-up was the longest Ivy League game of all-time, with Penn winning in four overtimes over the Big Green, 37-31.
The non-conference slate concludes on the road on Oct. 11 against a tough Fordham squad that finished 2013 with a 12-2 record and a playoff win in the opening round of the FCS tournament.
The first Ivy League game at Franklin Field comes on Oct. 18 against Columbia, an opponent Penn has handled each year since 1997. The Quakers are particularly dominant against the Lions at home, where they have won 42 of the 47 meetings between the schools.
A meeting with Yale the following week in New Haven, Conn., rounds out the October portion of the schedule for the Red and Blue.
Brown travels to Philadelphia for the Homecoming matchup on Nov. 1 before the Quakers make the short trip to Princeton on Nov. 8. Penn has won nine of the last ten matchups with the Tigers in New Jersey.
The Quakers play their final home game of the season against Harvard on Nov. 15. Either Harvard or Penn has claimed a share of the Ivy League title in each of the past seven seasons. The Quakers have won the title outright three of the past five years (2009, 2010, 2012).
The door closes on Penn's 138th season the following week in Ithaca, N.Y., when Penn takes on Cornell for the 96th consecutive year. It will certainly be a new page in the historic rivalry as Penn’s Billy Ragone and Cornell’s Jeff Mathews, signal-callers for their respective teams the past four years, have graduated. It is the 121st matchup in college football's fifth-most played rivalry.
Game times as well as radio and television dates will be announced at a later date. Dates, opponents and locations are all subject to change.
|Sat, Sep 20||Jacksonville||at Jacksonville, Fla.||TBA|
|Sat, Sep 27||Villanova||Franklin Field||TBA|
|Sat, Oct 04||Dartmouth *||at Hanover, N.H.||TBA|
|Sat, Oct 11||Fordham||at New York, N.Y.||TBA|
|Sat, Oct 18||Columbia *||Franklin Field||TBA|
|Sat, Oct 25||Yale *||at New Haven, Conn.||TBA|
|Sat, Nov 01||Brown *||Franklin Field||TBA|
|Sat, Nov 08||Princeton *||at Princeton, N.J.||TBA|
|Sat, Nov 15||Harvard *||Franklin Field||TBA|
|Sat, Nov 22||Cornell *||at Ithaca, N.Y.||TBA|