PHILADELPHIA - For the first time in 23 years, the University of Pennsylvania football team will have a new man at the helm, and on Sept. 19, Ray Priore will officially begin his first season as head coach of the Quakers. The team announced its 2015 schedule on Wednesday afternoon with the home opener and Ivy opener set for Oct. 3 against Dartmouth, and Homecoming slated for Nov. 7 against arch rival Princeton.
In Priore’s head coaching debut, the Quakers will renew an old rivalry when they visit Lehigh. This is the second-most played rivalry outside of the Ivy League in school history. The teams have met 56 times and the Quakers lead the overall series, 43-13, but this will be the first matchup between these programs since 2003 -- which Penn won in Bethlehem, Pa., 32-24. The only non-Ivy team the Quakers have played more often is Lafayette (90 meetings).
The Quakers then take the short drive up the Mainline to face FCS powerhouse Villanova in the annual Schuylkill Showdown. The Wildcats, who came to Franklin Field last season ranked No. 5 in the nation, have won 14 straight meetings.
The Red and Blue get their first home game on Oct. 3 as the Big Green come visit historic Franklin Field. Penn has won 15 of the last 17 games dating back to 1998. Though the Quakers lost in Hanover, N.H., last season, Penn has been particularly good at home against the Big Green posting a record of 31-16-1, including a four-overtime win in Dartmouth's last visit to Philadelphia -- the longest game in Ivy League history.
The next week brings another tough non-conference test for the Quakers as the Fordham visits Franklin Field for just the second time since 1999.
Ivy League play resumes with a quick trip up the New Jersey turnpike to play Columbia on Oct. 17. The Red and Blue own the longest annual win streak over an opponent in the NCAA with 18 straight victories over the Lions. Columbia's last win in the series was at Franklin Field in 1996. There is also the small footnote involving Penn's winningest all-time head coach on the opposite sideline.
The week after that, Penn is back home to take on Yale on Oct. 24. The Quakers had won five of the last six with Yale before suffering a 43-21 setback in New Haven last season.On Halloween, the Quakers will be in Providence, R.I. to battle Brown. That will lead into the Homecoming matchup withPrinceton at Franklin Field on Nov. 7.
The 16-time Ivy League champions will then head to Boston for its final road test of the year against Harvard on Nov. 14.Either Harvard or Penn has claimed a share of the Ivy League title in each of the past eight seasons. The Quakers have won the title outright three of the past six years (2009, 2010, 2012).
The Red and Blue’s first season under Priore closes at home in front of the Franklin Field faithful against Cornell on Nov. 21. This will be the 122nd all-time meeting in the fifth-most played rivalry in NCAA Division history.Penn holds a 70-46-5 edge in this series, which includes a 54-34-4 mark at Franklin Field.The Quakers have won three of the last four, including a 34-26 victory in Ithaca, N.Y., last November.
Season ticket and individual game ticket information will be released this summer. Also game times as well as radio and television coverage will be released at a later date. Keep following pennathletics.com for all of the upcoming information.
#OneMore Happy to make it official: our 2015 schedule. Family Weekend is Oct. 24 vs. Yale. Homecoming is Nov. 7 vs. Princeton.
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