All eight teams have a league game under their belts now, and things don’t look too different from last week — aside from Princeton making a move to leave the Bottom Three. Right now there’s simply a big gap right now between the Top Three and the rest of the league.
Last week saw Ivy teams recover somewhat, going 6-5. However, two of the wins were over non-Division I opponents and two of the losses were against weak opponents at home. Even though the league schedule technically got underway this past weekend, we’ll call this The Final Power Rankings Before Ivy Play.
It was tough to make heads or tails of the league after another rough week. Other than Penn, no one else stood out as deserving a upper division ranking. But like last season’s standings, someone had to finish second, so here are your Power Rankings for the new year.
This was the week of Ivies versus the big boys, with four games against Big East opponents and one against a Pac-10 power. Three of them predictably ended up with the Ivy team on the wrong end of a blowout, but two were respectably close. This is noteworthy in that it wasn’t Penn playing these teams close.
It wasn’t a particularly good week for the league, which went 2-6 and saw Princeton and Cornell both suffer ugly losses. Penn playing #3 Villanova tough was another pleasant surprise, but in the end Harvard was the only Ivy team to win this week.