There are no changes in the historic lineup of the 8 prestigious schools in the Ivy League. The school membership for 2023 continues to be Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.
Yale was one of three programs to finish 8-2 overall last season, but the Bulldogs went 6-1 in league to play to top the 5-2 marks turned in by Princeton and Penn. Yale was a perfect 5-0 at home, and the only conference loss was at Penn on October 22.
The Quakers' lost 34-31 at Brown, and 37-14 at home to Harvard.
The Tigers appeared to have the conference title in-hand, but fell 24-20 at Yale and 20-19 at home to Penn in the final two games of the season.
Either Princeton, Dartmouth or Yale have won every Ivy league crown since 2017.
Harvard last won or shared the title in 2015 (shared with Dartmouth and Penn), while Penn split the title with Princeton in 2016.
Brown has not topped the final season standings since 2008. Cornell's drought goes back to 1990 and Columbia's only title came in 1961 when the Lions tied with the Crimson.
As usual, the Ivy League kicks off later than everyone else with play beginning on September 16. Since 1980, each team has played a ten-game slate with seven conference games in a complete round-robin format, meaning every conference team plays all the other conference teams.
There is no postseason play permitted in the Ivy League.
Andrei Iosivas,a wide receiver from Princeton, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 6th round of the 2023 NFL Draft with the 206th pick over-all. As of Thursday, May 4th, the Bengals had the 5th-best odds to reach the Super Bowl at +1000, outdistancing Baltimore at +1800 as favorites in the AFC North.
Of the 10 players from FCS schools who were chosen in the 2023 NFL draft, Iosivas was the only player taken from an Ivy league school. Some other conference players have been invited to mini camp, including Princeton defensive lineman Uche Ndukwe by the Minnesota Vikings.
Some others who received invitations to a team camp were Yale defensive lineman Adam Raine (Washington Commanders) and Brown running back Allen Smith to Kansas City, the reigning Super Bowl champions and favorites to repeat this season.
The Ivy League once again has all eight head coaches returning while a whopping 26 schools at the FCS level will kick off the 2023 season under a different head coach than the person they had in charge to open the 2022 season.
In fact, seven of the eight member institutions have had the same coach since at least 2015.
The shortest-tenured head coach is James Perry at Brown (2019). He replaced Phil Estes who retired after consecutive 0-7 seasons in Ivy League play to end a 21-year run during which he compiled records of 115-94 over-all and 76-71 in conference games.
Harvard's Tim Murphy has seniority as the 66-year-old has been in place in Cambridge since 1994. Murphy replaced Joe Restic who retired at the age of 66 after serving 23 seasons at the helm from 1971-1993. Murphy enters the 2023 season with a record of 192-87, including a conference mark of 133-63 with 6 outright titles and 3 co-championships. However, Harvard as not finished higher than 3rd since 2015.
See the entire list of FCS head coaching changes.
No Ivy League team plays a FBS team this season. In that regard, the conference is joined by the Pioneer League which, like the Ivy, does not award football scholarships. Dartmouth does have a game scheduled at FBS independent Army next season.
For the record, every Ivy League member this season plays 100% of its schedule against FCS opponents.
Harvard and Yale will hold the 139th edition of "The Game" on November 18th. The 19-14 victory at Harvard in 2022 was Yale's fourth triumph in the series out of the last six meetings. Prior to that run, the Crimson had set a series record with nine straight wins. Over-all, the Bulldogs now lead the series 69-61-8.
On the list of 'Most-played Rivalry' games in all of college football, "The Game" ranks third. Yale and Princeton have played 144 times, and will do so again at Princeton the week prior to "The Game". Lehigh and Lafayette top the "Most-played Rivalries" list at 158.
"The Game" is also the second-oldest continuing rivalry as the teams first met in 1873. The 'oldest' honor belongs to Yale and Columbia as those teams met one year earlier and have faced-off 100 times since 1872. The Bulldogs and Lions will do battle on October 28 at Yale.
Current Ivy League teams hold the top 8 positions on the list of oldest rivalries.
Princeton took part in the first college football game, falling 6-4 at Rutgers on November 6,1869.
9/16 at Bryant
9/23 at Harvard*
9/30 Central Connecticut State
10/7 Rhode Island
10/21 at Cornell*
10/28 at Penn*
11/11 at Columbia*
9/16 at Lafayette
9/30 at Princeton*
10/21 at Dartmouth*
10/28 at Yale*
11/18 at Cornell*
9/16 at Lehigh
9/23 at Yale
10/7 at Harvard*
11/4 at Penn*
11/11 at Dartmouth*
9/16 at New Hampshire
9/30 at Penn*
10/14 at Colgate
10/28 at Harvard*
11/18 at Brown*
9/16 St. Thomas, MN
9/30 at Holy Cross
10/21 at Princeton*
11/4 at Columbia*
11/18 at Yale*
9/16 at Colgate
9/23 at Bucknell
10/14 at Columbia*
10/21 at Yale*
11/11 at Harvard*
9/16 at San Diego
10/14 at Brown*
10/28 at Cornell*
11/4 at Dartmouth*
11/18 at Penn*
9/16 Holy Cross
9/30 Morgan State
10/7 at Dartmouth*
10/14 Sacred Heart
11/4 at Brown*
11/11 at Princeton*