Early Look at 2018 Schedule

9/15 at Holy Cross

9/22 at Cornell

9/29 vs. Maine

10/06 vs. Dartmouth

10/13 vs. Mercer

10/20 at Penn

10/27 at Columbia

11/03 vs. Brown

11/10 vs. Princeton

11/17 at Harvard (Fenway)

The mid-season stretch of Maine, Dartmouth, Mercer, Penn and Columbia appears to be brutal on paper.  Luckily, the Bulldogs will have three of these contests at home.  Mercer plays Auburn and Alabama on an annual basis and defeated two top 25 FCS teams last season.  The final two contests will determine who wins the Ivy League championship in 2018.  Princeton is seen as an early favorite by many with the return of Lovett, talented wideouts and several key defenders.  The Harvard game will present a unique challenge with the atmosphere at Fenway and a motivated Harvard team that has dropped two straight contests to the Elis.

12 thoughts on “Early Look at 2018 Schedule”

  1. Why on earth is Yale playing Mercer? Most Yale fans and alumni have probably never heard of it! Only some townies who hate Yale will likely go to the Bowl that day.

    1. Check the roster to answer your question. Yale has lots of players from Georgia. Also please check your elitism. Without “townies” the bowl will be empty.

      1. “Without ‘townies’ the bowl will be empty.”

        Totally agree, SoE.
        Parents: finite number of them each season.
        Students: the overall size is also finite, and the number who support athletics dwindles each year.
        Faculty/support staff: finite numbers – and again, increasingly hostile toward athletics.
        Alumni: will eventually reflect the student body (e.g., decreasing numbers willing to support).

        That leaves the dreaded (by the elitists) “townies” as the sole source of any attendance increases. They should be embraced and made to feel as important as they are to the program.

  2. Townies are the people you should be thanking for coming.
    Aside from that, I would like to see Big Sky Cal Poly, UC Davis, SonCon which Mercer is a member of Wofford The Citadel. Get these teams to The Bowl..

    1. I’m right there with you Jon. Yale shouldn’t keep recycling the same 5 Patriot League opponents year after year. This new diversity in scheduling is good for recruiting. It also helps Yale players to showcase their talent to the nation, which helps in poll rankings and ultimately in attendance. I predict Maine will draw over 15,000 and Mercer over 10,000, assuming good weather.

  3. Gentlemen, I stand corrected. By the way, I grew up as a townie and went to almost every game at the Bowl as a kid. In those days Yale was the “home team” and the pride of New Haven. Now UConn is.

  4. UConn not so much, Yale gives you more bang for your buck. Yale wants to grow the Yale brand . Go after the young families in the suburbs in the New Haven area.
    Youth groups, schools , churches. I’ll show you how to increase by my method.

  5. I’ll never forget Don Canham, Michigan AD, telling me that Yale was missing the opportunity to “THE TEAM” of the east. The Bowl, massive population from New York and northward, TV market, and tradition. Yale football was a brand. Under his theory, Yale and Harvard were being held back by the league to their detriment.

    When we starting scheduling BC(who beat Texas), Miami(then 20th in country) the faculty and the league doormats forced the de-emphasis of football, and the move to I-AA. Paterno scheduled Brown….he told me personally he wanted Yale on the schedule. The Ivy Presidents move to de-emphasize the entire league and Yale’s decision to go along with it killed Yale attendance and the potential to build it.
    The sad part is Yale is able to recruit D-1, FBS players, we are doing it now.

  6. Furthermore Yale treated it like it was dirt. They should have left the Ivy League.
    Other Universities would have given they’re souls for what Yale had. Now all they have, is what it is.
    Yale was meant to be a National Power..!! Not this.

  7. Buried in history are these facts. After the championship season of 1976 Cozza was told he had had to resign as football coach if he wished to remain Athletic Director. With Miami on the next years schedule and a string of champions in the upcoming classes this was a pretty bitter pill. After resigning as coach and struggling with the decision for a week, Carm gave up the AD job and came back as coach.

    It is my personal opinion that Carm Cozza as AD would have fought the de-emphasis of football within the league and at Yale.

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