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We break down the Penn game – and we give our fearless prediction, below the flip.
Last week, head coach Andy Coen made a big deal about the many changes Yale made to their approach on both offense and defense. Penn will not have the same element of surprise this week – to some degree.
Certainly Penn head coach Ray Priore, who has his main staff intact from last year with offensive coordinator John Reagan and defensive coordinator Bob Benson, will likely have a similar approach to what they want to do on both sides of the ball from last season – after all, they were Ivy League co-champions.
But last week wasn’t a normal type of opener for the Quakers.
Playing a Division II school for the first time in program history, Division II Ohio Dominican allowed Penn to play a sort-of experimental setup. Though Penn got a win that counts in the standings just like any other win, 42-24, using it as a hard and fast rule on how they will come out against Lehigh might be a big mistake.
Lehigh’s relationship with the schools of the Ivy League go all the way back to the 1880s.
In 1885, Lehigh’s fledgling football team opened the season with the University of Pennsylvania, who throttled the Brown and White 54-0.
1887 was the year that Princeton first squared off against Lehigh, throttling them 80-0
And it would be 1890 when Yale first hosted Lehigh, 26-0 winners.
These three traditional Ivy League football opponents appear on Lehigh’s football schedule for 2015 and will be a critical litmus test for this your Mountain Hawk football team.
But one opponent stands out more because of the fact that Lehigh hasn’t played them in more than a decade.
We’re going to be talking today about Penn, a rival (with a little r) that hasn’t faced off against Lehigh in over a decade.