Defending Ivy Football Champs Picked to Finish Second in 2010

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PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in four years, the University of Pennsylvania football team was picked to finish second in the Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll. Harvard was picked to win the 2010 Ivy title as they narrowly edged the defending champion Quakers in the voting.

Penn received six first-place votes from the 17 media members that were polled and has now been selected in the top four of the preseason poll for 18 consecutive seasons. 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.

The 17 voters consist of two media members from each school and one national media representative. Ten members of the poll slated Harvard as the favorite to claim the Ivy League championship, while the other first-place vote went to Yale.

Penn’s 124 poll points was just four behind Harvard, who was selected as preseason favorites for the third straight season. The two teams ran away with the voting as Brown was a distant third with 95 points. Yale (83 points) was picked to finish fourth, followed by Columbia (61), Princeton (55), Dartmouth (39) and Cornell (27).

This is familiar territory for the Red and Blue. Last season, Penn was picked to finish second in the preseason poll behind Harvard, but went on to claim the 2009 Ivy League title. The Quakers marched through league play unblemished and raised the program's 14th Ivy League championship trophy.

Penn returns 42 letterwinners for 2010, including 15 starters and 10 All-Ivy honorees. Eight starters will return on offense, five starters are back from the nation's top-ranked defense, and both specialists will return.

The Red and Blue will enter the 2010 campaign with the nation's second-longest active winning streak (eight), second only to defending FCS champion Villanova (nine). Opening day at Franklin Field is set for Sept. 18 against Lafayette at 7 p.m.

School (First-place votes) Points
1. Harvard (10) 128
2. Penn (6) 124
3. Brown 95
4. Yale (1) 83
5. Columbia 61
6. Princeton 55
7. Dartmouth 39
8. Cornell 27