Here's four things to keep an eye on when Yale hosts Penn on Saturday at 1:30 at the Yale Bowl...
It may be a down year for the Quakers, but
don’t judge Penn by its 1-4 record. The Quakers schedule has been brutal. Penn
has lost to three teams in the FCS top 12 (No. 4 Villanova, No. 7 Jacksonville
and No. 12 Fordham), along with Dartmouth, who handed Yale its only loss. Penn
is not as bad as it looks.
In last week’s win over Columbia, Penn was
without its top three running backs. The Quakers get RB Kyle Wilcox back. He
missed last week’s game with a concussion. Wilcox only has 44.5 ypg and one TD
this season, but he led Penn in rushing and was an All-Ivy honorable mention
last season. He rushed for 129 yards on 23 carries against the Bulldogs last
Next week’s game against Columbia could
pretty much be penciled in as a win now. So if the Bulldogs pull out a win
against the Quakers, that puts them in great position with the season winding
down. A 6-1 mark heading into Brown, Princeton and Harvard? Yale fans have to
be happy with that.
Limit defense/special teams scores:
Yale has allowed a
special teams or defensive touchdown in each of its five games. Tony Reno
expressed concern about this earlier in the week. It’s certainly something to
keep an eye on against Penn.