Tuscaloosa and Minneapolis aren’t the only places hosting a battle of unbeatens.
Yankee Stadium is, too.
While it’s not Alabama and LSU or Penn State and Minnesota, the clash in The Bronx has plenty of meaning.
That’s where undefeated Princeton will meet undefeated Dartmouth in an Ivy League showdown that will likely decide the conference crown. Both Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams arrive with matching 7-0 records. Both are 4-0 in the league. And the last loss for each program came to the other.
Tenth-ranked Princeton has won 17 consecutive games, dating back to a loss to Dartmouth to close the 2017 season. No. 13 Dartmouth, in turn, hasn’t lost since falling to Princeton last season, winning its past nine games.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of college football, the game is being played at the Stadium. Rutgers and Princeton played the first ever college football game on Nov. 6, 1869.
Considering the two teams are both explosive offensively and elite defensively, it has all the makings of a thrilling game. Princeton is seventh in the FCS in scoring (38.6) and third in defense (13.7). Dartmouth is 13th in points scored (37.1) and first in defense (10.1). Adding to the dynamic, the two coaches, Bob Surace of Princeton and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, are alumni of their respective schools and have very different baseball rooting interests. Surace loves the Yankees, while Teevens is a Red Sox fan.
“Anyone who is a Yankees hater won’t like this, but they do represent excellence,” Surace said on his First in Football Podcast this week. “They have all the World Series titles, and here you have two teams that over a long span have represented excellence. It’s a great venue for that.”
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