January 1 Power Rankings

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.

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1. Penn (5-4) 1 As impressive as the win at Hawai’i was, the New Year’s Eve win over Division II BYU-Hawai’i was very important. The experience of beating a team of physical mid-twentysomethings in an empty gym with one-sided officiating should pay off down the road.
2. Yale (6-6) 4 The Bulldogs win the second-place sweepstakes by virtue of routing hapless Savannah State down in Corpus Christi. Of course, this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to a less-than-stellar James Madison team in the first round of the tournament.
3. Harvard (8-5) 3 The non-league schedule ended on a down note for the Crimson with a blowout loss at SMU that featured a 28-1 first-half run by the Mustangs. But help is on the way, as Brian Cusworth is expected to return for Harvard’s Ivy opener at Dartmouth this weekend.
4. Columbia (6-5) 2 There was no competitive game against a major conference foe or win over a MAAC opponent in the Holiday Festival at the Garden for the Lions this year. After starting out 5-0, Columbia has fallen on hard times, losing five of its last six games.
5. Cornell (4-7) 5 Cornell came out of the exam break with a thud against a struggling Long Beach State squad. Next up is a visit to 7th-ranked Washington, which should be sufficiently surly after seeing its nation’s-longest home winning streak snapped this weekend.
6. Brown (3-8) 6 After a lifeless performance in a double-digit home loss to Albany, the Bears won at the buzzer against Army in West Point. While the Black Knights are a very weak opponent, it beats losing at home to bad teams, as Brown did twice in late December.
7. Dartmouth (1-9) 8 The level of play has improved the last three games, but the Big Green still finds itself on an eight-game losing streak. Now Dartmouth has a chance to measure itself against Brown, as the Big Green returns to the East Coast for a road game at Army.
8. Princeton (2-9) 7 A miserable season got worse this week when the Tigers lost at home to Division III Carnegie Mellon. Princeton did go on a three-point spree midway through the second half to tie Rutgers at the RAC, but scored just two points in the final 5:14 to fall to 2-9.

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