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Cornell Football Season Preview

It’s mid-September. Classes have been going on for over three weeks now, and the NFL and NCAA football seasons have both started. The Ivy League season starts Saturday. As the weather starts getting colder, there’s one team everyone is eager to see make their debut: the Big Red Bears.

Cornell begins the season on the road against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens this Saturday at 3:30. Head coach Danny Rocco leads the 1-1 Hens coming off of a 37-0 dominant victory over Lafayette last week. Quarterback Pat Kehoe went 18 for 28 with 279 yards and 3 touchdowns. Lafayette only managed 118 yards in total.

Head coach David Archer will enter his 6thyear coaching the Bears, 12-38 in his tenure at Cornell. Last year the Big Red averaged 17.3 points per game (105thin FCS) and allowed 24.3 points per game on average (48thin FCS).

Cornell is coming off a 3-7 season, but this season has potential. The Bears have a lot of experienced offensive linemen returning from last season as well as All-Ivy quarterback Dalton Banks returning to run the offense with All-Ivy running back Chris Walker behind him. The duo enters their senior season looking to lead the Bear’s offense through the Ivy League. On defense the Bears have some promising recruits and transfers who hope to help the 48thbest defense in the FCS last year improve even further.

It will be interesting to see how Cornell matches up with Delaware, as they have already played two regular season games and have been able to experience and adjust to real game speed. Energy will be high on the Cornell sideline as they hope to open up the season with a win on the road and pick up some momentum to take into their home opener the following Saturday against Yale.


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