PHILADELPHIA – For those who follow the University of Pennsylvania football team, there won't be many surprises on the 2010 schedule announced on Tuesday. In addition to the seven Ivy League games, the defending Ivy champions will once again add crosstown-rival Villanova to the slate as well as Lafayette and Bucknell. The 2010 Homecoming Game will be Oct. 30 when the Red and Blue take on Brown.
The Quakers won their Ivy-record 11th outright league title last season and will open the year in the midst of an eight-game winning streak - the second-longest in the nation - which will be put to the test immediately. Penn’s first two opponents in 2010 are the only two teams to have defeated the Quakers in 2009.
On Sept. 18, Penn will open the season at home for the fourth straight year, hosting Lafayette. The Leopards and Quakers have a budding rivalry. This will be the fifth straight season in which the two teams have met with the last three matchups decided by a total of 11 points.
A week later, the Schuylkill Showdown resumes with the annual tilt against Philadelphia-rival Villanova. The Wildcats are the defending FCS national champions and will be hosting the Quakers on the Main Line for the first time since 2007.
Penn returns to the friendly confines of Franklin Field on Oct. 2 to start the Ivy League campaign against Dartmouth. The Quakers break from conference play for the final time the following week as they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Bucknell.
The Ivy League schedule resumes with Penn playing host to Columbia on Family Weekend on Oct. 16. Then, the traditional four-game gauntlet ensues. Penn plays Yale (Oct. 23), Brown (Oct. 30), Princeton (Nov. 7) and Harvard (Nov. 13) in four consecutive weeks. The Ivy title is usually decided during that month-long grind. Either Penn, or one of those teams, have won every single Ivy League championship since 1997.
The Red and Blue play two of those games on the road - at Yale and at arch-rival Princeton for the 102nd all-time meeting with the Tigers. The Quakers will host Brown on Homecoming, and two weeks later, welcome 2009 Ivy League runner-up Harvard to the nation's oldest collegiate football stadium.
Penn will then conclude the year with its oldest rival, adding another chapter to the historic rivalry with Cornell. When the Quakers head to Ithaca, N.Y. on Nov. 20 to take on the Big Red, it will mark the 117th time the two teams have faced off, making it the fifth most-played college football match-up of all-time.
Game times as well as radio and television dates will be announced at a later date. Dates are subject to change.
Penn 2010 Dates and Opponents
Sept. 18 – LAFAYETTE
Sept. 25 – at Villanova
Oct. 2 – DARTMOUTH
Oct. 9 – at Bucknell
Oct. 16 – COLUMBIA
Oct. 23 – at Yale
Oct. 30 – BROWN
Nov. 6 – at Princeton
Nov. 13 – HARVARD
Nov. 20 – at Cornell