PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania has announced its football dates and opponents for the 2008 season. The 2008 football season will mark the 132nd at Penn and see Head Coach Al Bagnoli’s team face its usual Ivy League rivals in addition to non-league foes Villanova, Lafayette and Georgetown for the second year in a row.
After two-straight years of opening the season with Lafayette and then Villanova, Penn reverses field this fall by opening with Villanova at Franklin Field on Sept. 20 and then traveling to Lafayette on Sept. 27. The Quakers and Wildcats will renew their city rivalry for the fifth-straight year, while Penn’s meeting with the Leopards will mark the 85th between the regional foes.
The 52nd season of Ivy League football opens at Franklin Field on Oct. 4, when Dartmouth comes to town. The game will be the 76th meeting between the Quakers and the Big Green.
A week later, Penn heads to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown for the second year in a row. These two teams have met just five times before, with Penn holding a 4-0-1 advantage in the series. The historical note is that the Quakers will be playing their first football game at Georgetown since the inaugural meeting between these schools -- in 1893.
Penn hosts Columbia on Oct. 18, before traveling to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale on Oct. 25. The month of November begins with Brown at Franklin Field, in what will be the annual Homecoming game.
Penn travels to archrival Princeton on Nov. 8 in what will be the 100th meeting between the two programs.
The final two games of the season will have Penn hosting defending Ivy League champion Harvard (Nov. 15) before hitting the road one final time to battle Cornell in the annual Trustees Cup game on Nov. 22.
Game times will be announced at a later date.
Penn 2008 Football Dates and Opponents
Sept. 20 - VILLANOVA
Sept. 27 - at Lafayette
Oct. 4 - DARTMOUTH*
Oct. 11 - at Georgetown
Oct. 18 - COLUMBIA*
Oct. 25 - at Yale*
Nov. 1 - BROWN* (Homecoming)
Nov. 8 - at Princeton*
Nov. 15 - HARVARD*
Nov. 22 - at Cornell*
* Ivy League game
Home games in CAPS at Franklin Field.
All dates subject to change.