NEW HAVEN, Conn. The University of Pennsylvania football team has been picked to finish second in the Ivy League’s preseason poll. The poll, as voted on by the League’s media members, was unveiled at the annual Ivy League Football Media Day at Yale Golf Course.
Harvard was picked to finish first with 116 points and nine first place votes. The Quakers received 99 points and two first-place votes. Defending champion Brown came in five points behind Penn, with three first place votes.
“I'm flattered,” said Head Coach Al Bagnoli, who enters his 15th season at Franklin Field. “Our league is so competitive every year, and there's not a lot of difference between the schools and their talent.”
Cornell (79 points), Yale (77 points, 2 first-place), Princeton (62 points), Dartmouth (31 points) and Columbia (18 points) rounded out the poll.
Penn returns 10 All-Ivy League players and 41 letterwinners overall. The Quakers are hoping to bounce back from a 5-5 overall and 3-4 Ivy League record in 2005 by winning their 14th Ivy League championship.
Ivy League Preseason Football Poll
RkSchool (First-place votes) Pts
1 Harvard (9) 116
2 Penn (2) 99
3 Brown (3)94
4 Cornell 79
5 Yale (2) 77
6 Princeton 62
7 Dartmouth 31
8 Columbia 18