6 Ivy League Games on ESPNU in 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League's new partnership with ESPN will include six Ivy football games on ESPNU throughout the 2018 season, which includes 3 for the defending champions.
• All eight Ivy League teams will appear at least once on the six ESPNU broadcasts
• The schedule includes five Friday night games
• Harvard at Brown on Friday, Sept. 21 will kick off the slate
• Yale vs. Harvard at Fenway Park will culminate the 2018 package on Saturday, Nov. 17
"We look forward to continuing to provide significant visibility for Ivy League football on Friday nights during our first season with ESPN," Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said.
"Complementing this schedule with the League's regional and digital presence will once again produce extensive opportunities to showcase the Ivy League's storied tradition, modern success and continued impact on the game."
The television package, part of the Ivy League's partnership with ESPN, will feature five games on Friday nights, beginning with Harvard at Brown on Sept. 21, and will conclude with The Game, Yale at Harvard at Fenway Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.
In total, all 41 Ivy League home games will appear across a variety of ESPN platforms. Additionally, the League will announce games that will also be available through its number of regional television partners later this summer once the details are finalized.
New this season, the League will conclude its schedule with a quartet of regional rivalries: Penn at Princeton, Cornell at Columbia, Yale at Harvard and Brown at Dartmouth.
The 2017 football season saw seven teams in the mix for the Ivy League title with two weeks to go, before Yale claimed the outright championship for the first time since 1980. Ivy League football finished 18-6 in non-conference play in 2017, its best overall out-of-conference record since 1994, when it went 19-3-1. Of the League's 18 wins, three came against the 2017 Pioneer and Patriot League champions, including Princeton's win over a San Diego squad that reached the second round of the NCAA FCS Championship for the second-straight year.
The Ivy League's .750 non-conference winning percentage led the FCS and ranked fourth overall in Division I, trailing the SEC (.825), Pac 12 (.771) and Big Ten (.762).
The Ivy League continues to be a national leader in concussion prevention and education, as its successful experimental kickoff rule has led to changes on the national level. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee recently approved legislation allowing the receiving team to call for a fair catch inside the 25-yard line that would automatically be considered a touchback, with the ball placed at the 25-yard line. The Ivy League will use the same rule, with the modification that kickoffs will continue from the 40-yard line.
The League also continues to achieve at the highest level athletically, with two Ivy football standouts selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, joining the 12 athletes who appeared on NFL active rosters last season and many more Ivy Leaguers in NFL front offices.
In a move that will significantly increase its overall exposure for all varsity sports, the Ivy League will begin airing events on ESPN in August, with over 1,100 League events scheduled throughout the academic year.
Ivy League Football on ESPNU
Friday, Sept. 21: Harvard at Brown, 7 pm
Friday, Sept. 28: Princeton at Columbia, 7pm
Friday, Oct. 5: Dartmouth at Yale, 6pm
Friday, Oct. 19: Yale at Penn, 7pm
Friday, Nov. 2: Penn @ Cornell, 6pm
Saturday, Nov. 17: Yale at Harvard (at Fenway Park, game might air on different ESPN channel), TBA