Friday, September 27, 2013

4-Down Friday

Here is a look at four things to keep an eye on in Yale’s Ivy League opener against Cornell on Saturday at the Yale Bowl.

A Big Test: Yale will need to fin a way to contain Cornell QB Jeff Mathews or its going to be a long day for the Bulldogs. Expect a variety of different looks and lots of pressure for Yale's defense.

Through the air: While it was encouraging to get some solid play at QB last week, the Bulldogs will need to do a better job of attacking through the pass game. The Bulldogs can't rely on Tyler Varga to carry the ball 39 times and run for 200-plus yards each week. 

Breakout game?: Chris Smith is back and he's a playmaker. He had five catches for 40 yards last week. Smith is capable of going off at any time.

Controlling the tempo: Yale likes to run a lot of plays and keep a fast pace. The Bulldogs ran 86 plays last week. Meanwhile, judging from its opener, Cornell likes to slow the tempo. The Big Red ran just 45 plays in its opener. 

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