Friday, October 23, 2015

The Toughest Test

Columbia Lions at Dartmouth Big Green

October 24, 2015

Kickoff: 3:00

Location: Memorial Field, Hanover New Hampshire

Game Time Weather Forecast: 51 degrees and mostly cloudy

The Spread: Dartmouth is favored by 34 1/2 points

TV/Radio: Video of the game from the Dartmouth side is available on the Ivy League Digital Network. Superior audio is available from Jerry Recco and Sal Licata also on the ILDN section of the site.

Key Storylines 

1) Mismatch of the year?

Just about every Ivy watcher expects this game to be over by the end of the 1st quarter. This is due to the perfect storm of Dartmouth playing the best football the program has seen in 19 years and Columbia coming off its 42-7 Homecoming debacle loss against Penn last week. 

2) Throwing in the towel?

This is possibly the game where the new Columbia coaching staff proves its worth. Most teams in the Lions position would be hard pressed to show a real fight in a game like this. 

5 Columbia Players to Watch

-Senior QB Skyler Mornhinweg #8. Mornhinweg looked a bit "off" in the game last week vs. Penn. This week he faces a much better defense. 

-Sophomore QB Anders Hill #12. Hill could get a lot more playing time this week if Mornhinweg stays cold or is banged up. 

-Sophomore CB Cameron Roane #23. Roane is the key Columbia cover man and he'll have his hands full with some of the Big Green receivers. 

-Senior DE Toba Akinleye #8 (yes, he's also #8). Akinleye and his speed will be needed to keep opposing QB Dalyn Williams honest. Akinleye has been mostly quiet this season. 

-Senior RB Cameron Molina #31. I expect Molina to be called upon regularly as a runner and a receiver. 

5 Dartmouth Players to Watch

-Senior QB Dalyn Williams #10. The all-world Dartmouth team leader is not expected to stay on the field for most of the game unless he has to. Will he be spectacular in limited duty or get into trouble by playing it safe?

-Senior RB Kyle Bramble #22. This would seem like the week to lean on the oft-injured but talented runner to keep the pressure off Williams. This could be Bramble's best shot to put up nice numbers, but the CU defense has been tough against the run. 

-Senior WR Victor Williams #1. Columbia's pass defense has been spotty at best and this is a receiver who can burn the best of them. 

-Senior Free Safety David Caldwell #41. Caldwell does it all from knocking down passes to making tackles on the edge. 

-Junior LB Folarin Orimolade #9. He's a ferocious and up-and-coming pass rusher who also disrupts the pass. 

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