The defending Patriot League Champion, Colgate, dropped its first game on Friday versus Syracuse. Despite starting the game with an early lead after Jake Melville’s touchdown toss to Owen Rockett, the Orange scored 33 unanswered points and gained 554 yards on the day. Colgate’s front seven did show promise as aside from a big 49 yard play, they limited Syracuse to just 68 yards on 34 rushes. Colgate’s front seven includes three all-league performers from a year ago, so Yale’s O-linemen will have their hands full in Week 1. Syracuse constantly found soft spots in Colgate’s secondary and surely this film will give Reno a rough blueprint for aerial success.
Yale has won the last nine season openers including last year’s wild 29-28 finish over Colgate. The keys to this game will be punching holes in Colgate’s defensive front seven and preventing Melville and company from starting as quickly as they did against the Orange.
We did not attend the closed scrimmage on Saturday, but would love to hear your thoughts on the current position battles.