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Preview: Cornell Football vs. Dartmouth

The Big Red will take on Dartmouth at home at Schoellkopf Field this Saturday, coming off pure destruction courtesy of the Princeton Tigers in a 56-7 loss last weekend. Although Cornell began the season with three straight wins, the team has fallen in four straight games, diminishing its overall record to 3-4 and 1-3 in conference play.  Nevertheless, the Big Green has not faired much better, standing at 3-4 overall, but winless in the Ivy League at 0-4. In Dartmouth’s homecoming matchup with Harvard last week, they stayed close, but ultimately emerged on the wrong side of a close one, 23-21.

In essence, both teams suffered disheartening losses last weekend — Cornell never stood a chance against Princeton and the Big Green couldn’t secure a win for homecoming. However, one of these Ivy League schools can definitely heal their battle-scars this Saturday, as the Big Red and Dartmouth face off for the 100th time. This rivalry is certainly a historic one, with both teams meeting every season since 1919. Winning the 100th matchup will certainly be a moral victory, as well as a victory in the books. Although Dartmouth has won the last seven straight games in this series, I predict that Cornell will pull out the victory this time.

The Big Green is simply not a good team this year. Losing to the ever-disappointing Columbia Lions and the unusually struggling Yale Bulldogs, who Cornell overpowered in its own homecoming game, Dartmouth has not proven itself as a force to be reckoned with. Granted, the Big Red has not looked that much better the past few weeks, but with Dalton Banks under center, Cornell has shown flashes of greatness.

This game will be competitive at the start, with Dartmouth up 14-13 at halftime, but in the second half, the Big Red defense will hold Dartmouth to only a field goal, while Banks will erupt for two touchdowns. The final score will be 27-17, Cornell over the Big Green, and the Big Red will take home this win in the 100th matchup of the all-time series.

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