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Defending Champs Picked 1st

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Elis Get 11 First-Place Votes


PRINCETON, N.J. – Winning a league title for the first time in 11 years and taking the first outright championship in 37 years certainly got the attention of the media covering Ivy League Football. Yale, which accomplished those goals last fall, has been picked first in the 2018 media poll that was released today.


The Bulldogs, coming off a 9-1 campaign, got 11 first-place votes and 129 points overall.


"Pre-season polls are for the fans and media," said Tony Reno, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach, who was on the field today for the third pre-season practice. "Games are won on the field of play by the men who play it.  At Yale, our focus is on staying in the present, improving each day and focusing on what we can control."


Yale opens the season with a Sept. 15 game at Holy Cross.


In other news today, sophomore RB Zane Dudek was named one of 36 FCS players to watch for the College Football Performance Award Player of the Year.



2018 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll (First-Place Votes)


1. Yale (11), 129

2. Princeton (3), 104

3. Harvard (1), 99

T4. Columbia (1), 76

T4. Penn (1), 76 

6. Dartmouth, 65

7. Cornell, 37

8. Brown, 26