Saturday Showdown/Local flavor
It's Princeton (7-0) vs Dartmouth (7-0) for the Ivy League championship on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Princeton, ranked ninth by the FCS coaches and 10th by the media, has won 17 straight. Dartmouth, ranked 13th in both polls, has won 19 of its last 20.
Dartmouth celebrates its 250th anniversary and Princeton celebrates its role as having competed in the first college football game 150 years ago Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1869, against Rutgers.
Princeton and Dartmouth are a combined 33-1 since the start of the 2018 season, with that lone loss in the game last year between them.
There are multiple local players and connections to the game.
Bob Surace, head coach, former Bengals assistant ('02-'09)
Alex Deters, OL, St. Xavier
Delan Stallworth, DB, St. Xavier
Rick Raga, FB, Moeller
Dave Shula, assistant WR coach, former Bengals head coach
Ethan Nurre, OK, St. Xavier
Bobby Jefferson, DL, St. Xavier
Shane Cokes, DL, Chaminade-Julienne
*Shula is one of the most prolific receivers in Dartmouth history and still ranks sixth all-time with 1,822 receiving yards as well as eighth with 133 receptions in three seasons on the varsity squad. Two of his three years still sit among the top 20 in both receptions and yardage with 49 catches for 656 yards as a sophomore — with Teevens playing quarterback — and 52 grabs for 758 yards as a senior in 1980.
Thanks for listener Andrew Nurre for the heads up on the local connections!