PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off the 17th Ivy League championship in program history, the University of Pennsylvania football team will begin the search for No. 18 on September 17 when the 2016 football season kicks off against Lehigh at Franklin Field.
The Quakers will return five All-Ivy selections for the 2016 campaign, including unanimous first-team All-Ivy wide receiver Justin Watson and first-team quarterback Alek Torgersen. The Ivy League’s premier offensive connection will be joined by second-team All-Ivy offensive lineman Daniel Poulos and honorable mention selections Nick Demes and Donald Panciello.
Penn will begin the 2016 season with the nation’s sixth-longest winning streak, having claimed victory in its final six games last season. All six of those wins were inside the Ivy League – giving the Red and Blue the country’s fifth-longest conference winning streak as 2016 beckons.
Penn Football’s 2016 Schedule
All Dates and Times Subject to Change
Sept. 17 – vs. Lehigh
Notes: Penn is 43-14 all-time against Lehigh … Penn has played only Lafayette (90 games) more than Lehigh in terms of non-Ivy opponents … Last season, Penn was defeated by the Mountain Hawks, 42-21, in the season opener in Bethlehem.
Sept. 24 – at Fordham
Notes: The Quakers are 5-2 all-time against Fordham … The Quakers are 2-1 in three previous games played in the Bronx … In 2015, a field goal with 0:08 remaining provided No. 13/12 Fordham a 48-45 win at Franklin Field in a game which saw Penn rally from a 25-point deficit midway through the second quarter to tie the contest on a Ryan Kelly touchdown with 1:46 to play.
Oct. 1 – at Dartmouth
Notes: Penn will get is first crack at one of the two teams with which it shared the 2015 Ivy title … The Quakers are 15-3 against Dartmouth since 1998 … In 30 all-time meetings at Memorial Stadium, the two teams are even at 15 wins apiece … Last season, Penn’s only Ivy loss came to the Big Green via a 41-20 defeat at Franklin Field.
Oct. 8 – vs. Central Connecticut State
Notes: This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools … CCSU was 4-7 in 2015, posting a 3-3 record in the Northeast Conference … Penn is 2-0 all-time against NEC programs, defeating Duquesne in 2003 and 2005.
Oct. 15 – vs. Columbia
Notes: The 96th all-time meeting between Penn and Columbia will see the Quakers looking to extend a 19-game win streak against the Lions … Penn is 43-5 all-time against Columbia at Franklin Field … The game will be the first at Franklin Field on the opposing sideline for long-time Penn head coach Al Bagnoli who is in his second season at the helm of the Lions after 23 seasons as head coach of the Quakers … Last year, Penn scored the game’s final 42 points in a 42-7 romp in Morningside Heights.
Oct. 22 – at Yale
Notes: Yale owns the all-time edge in the series, 47-35-1 … The two teams have split the past four meetings, each winning twice on their home field … Penn will be looking for its first win in New Haven since 2010 … In 2015, Penn defeated the Bulldogs, 34-20, in a nationally-televised Friday night game on NBC Sports Network.
Oct. 29 – vs. Brown
Notes: The Quakers are 58-24-2 all-time against Brown … The Red and Blue have dominated the series at Franklin Field, posting a 40-10-1 record in home games against the Bears … It was all treats for the Quakers on Halloween last season as Penn scored seven touchdowns and had five takeaways in a 48-28 win in Providence.
Nov. 5 – at Princeton
Notes: This will be the 108th meeting all-time between these two storied rivals … The Quakers are 3-1 in their last four visits to Princeton Stadium … All-time at Princeton Stadium, Penn is 8-2 … In 2015, the Quakers blocked a potential game-winning field goal from Princeton as time expired, going on to down the Tigers, 26-23, in overtime in front of a frenzied Homecoming crowd.
Nov. 12 – vs. Harvard
Notes: The Quakers will take on the second of two teams they shared the 2015 Ivy crown with … Penn is 20-16-2 all-time against Harvard at Franklin Field … Last season, Penn halted the nation’s longest winning streak with a 35-25 win in Cambridge … The win also brought to an end Harvard’s 16-game winning streak in Ivy games.
Nov. 19 – at Cornell
Notes: The nation’s fifth-most played rivalry will convene for the 122nd time as Penn and Cornell play for the Trustees Cup … The quakers are 71-46-5 all-time against Cornell … The Quakers have won their last four times to Ithaca … Last season, Penn secured an Ivy championship with a 34-21 win in Philadelphia.