Ivy football power rankings as compiled by the Spectator sports staff.
1. Harvard (5-0, 2-0 Ivy)
Starting quarterback Conner Hempel may be out with a knee injury, but the No. 25 Harvard train continued on at home against Lafayette on Saturday, winning 35-16. Senior QB Michael Pruneau filled in nicely for his second start, throwing for 263 yards and three touchdowns.
2. Princeton (4-1, 2-0 Ivy)
After a lackluster first quarter, Tigers football scored a mammoth 39 unanswered points to steamroll Brown in Providence, winning 39-17. Quarterback Quinn Epperly led the charge with 13 rushes for 114 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to his 223 yards through the air. The effort earned Epperly Ivy Offensive Player of the Week.
3. Penn (3-2, 2-0 Ivy)
Although the Quakers beat the Lions 21-7 on Saturday, they didn’t look good doing it. Penn ran 91 plays and had 438 yards of offense but scored only 21 points against Columbia. Still, the defending champs found a way to come out on top.
4. Brown (3-2, 0-2 Ivy)
Despite struggling against Princeton, the Bears should have enough firepower to compete in the league. They rank third in scoring offense behind Princeton and Harvard and second in scoring defense.
5. Dartmouth (2-3, 1-1 Ivy)
Although the Big Green kept their game against Bucknell interesting until the very end by scoring a touchdown with 44 seconds left, they still lost 17-14 on Saturday. But with stud running back Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth’s offense has plenty of potential in league play.
6. Yale (3-2, 1-1 Ivy)
The Bulldogs lost star running back Tyler Varga and quarterback Hank Furman to injury during their 52-31 loss to No. 8 Fordham on Saturday. If both players are sidelined for a significant stretch, Yale’s offense could take a serious hit.
7. Cornell (1-4, 0-2 Ivy)
The Big Red was down 17-16 at halftime in their game against Monmouth but got the boots put to it after the break, losing 48-23. Cornell’s scoring defense has not been good this season, giving up 34.8 points per game.
8. Columbia (0-5, 0-2 Ivy)
The Lions had just four first downs and couldn’t make one third-down conversion on Saturday. Starting a first-year quarterback, they rank either last or toward the bottom of most offensive statistical categories.