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Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Football Picked to Finish Fourth in Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Eric Dolan, associate director of athletic communications  
Release:  08/05/2014

PHILADELPHIA - Outright champions in three of the last five seasons, the University of Pennsylvania football team was selected among the top four of the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll for the 22nd consecutive season on Tuesday at the annual Ivy League Football Media Day teleconference.

The Quakers were predicted to finish fourth, while Princeton was picked atop the preseason poll for the first time since 1992 in the closest vote since Harvard and Yale tied for first in 2008. The Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll has 17 total voters consisting of two media members from each school and one national media representative.

Penn received 79 points in the poll. Princeton received nine first-place votes and 128 points to edge Harvard's eight first-place votes and 127 points. Dartmouth was third with 91 points. Yale (68), Brown (65), Cornell (34) and Columbia (20) rounded out the predictions. 

The last time the Quakers were not predicted to finish in the top half of the Ivy League was in 1992, one month prior to the program's first game under the direction of head coach Al Bagnoli, who is entering his 23rd and final season at the helm of the Quakers in 2014.

In each of the last seven seasons, either Penn or Harvard has claimed at least a share of the Ivy title. This marks the first time since 2008 those programs did not claim the top two spots in the preseason poll.

That 2008 poll was also the last time the Quakers were selected fourth and Penn went on to finish third that season. The following year was the start of Penn's current run of three outright titles in five seasons (2009, 2010, 2012). 

The top team in the preseason poll hasn't won the league since 2008. That includes the Quakers last season, who were picked to repeat as champions but finished in a tie for fourth at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in league play. This season, Penn returns 44 letterwinners, including 13 starters and four All-Ivy honorees.

The Quakers report to preseason camp on Monday, Aug. 18 and will officially open the 2014 campaign at Jacksonville on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. The Quakers will then open the 120th season of the nation's oldest collegiate football stadium with a matchup against Villanova at Franklin Field on Sept. 27. Harvard serves as the opponent in Coach Bagnoli's final game at Franklin Field on Nov. 15, while the final game of the Bagnoli era is set for Nov. 22 at Cornell.

Season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase season tickets online at PennAthletics.com or by phone at 215-898-6151. Tickets are also available at the ticket office located at Weightman Hall on 235 South 33rd Street. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 3.

Individual game tickets will go on sale August 15. A complete 2014 football schedule can be found here


2014 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL 
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

Rank

School

Points

1.

Princeton (9)

128

2.

Harvard (8)

127

3.

Dartmouth

91

4.

PENN

79

5.

Yale

68

6.

Brown

65

7.

Cornell

34

8.

Columbia

20

 

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