The Bulldogs travel to the Big Apple on Friday to take on the Columbia Lions. Al Bagnoli has his troops fired up after a 9-7 win over Dartmouth last week. Interestingly enough, Columbia is 2-0 when they do not score a touchdown. Aside from the Penn and Princeton contests, Columbia’s defense has been rather stingy. Their special teams units have also played well all season, but it’s been the anemic Columbia offense that has plagued the Lions. Columbia’s offense has only averaged 11.6 points per game this season and in terms of total offense, Columbia is ranked 111th out of 122 FCS squads. RB Alan Watson ran for 74 yards last week on 17 carries, while QB Anders Hill ran for 30 yards on 15 carries. Hill only managed 123 yards threw the air against Dartmouth, but look for his numbers to improve against the Yale secondary especially if Oluokun is still injured.
The Bulldogs will have to establish the run game early on, while also taking deep shots down the field to keep defenders from keying on Lamar every play. We’d like to see Tre Moore target our talented tight ends more often and get into a rhythm early on. Coach Paul Rice will need to match Columbia’s intensity on special teams, while Coaches Steve Vashel and Sean McGowan need a great performance from the defense to keep the Yale faithful from pillaging their offices over the weekend.
Tune into the game on NBCSN at 7:00 PM ET this Friday.