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Date Posted: 10/ 5/15 11:46:20am Mon
Author: Andy Kerr
Subject: How well Gate matches up with Princeton is key to the game
In reply to: Naked Eye FB Quant 's message, "Emerging Difficulty Assessing Strength of PL fb teams" on 10/ 4/15 8:37:15pm Sun

Stats provide some valuable insight.
From there, how the teams match up, scheme-to-scheme, position-to-position, will rule the day,
Princeton employs a lot of offensive razzle-dazzle, which can be an 'x' factor in determining the game's outcome.

>1. One Model: Fordham has had the jump on
>transitioning to tougher FCS opponents and annual FBS
>games while transitioning to schoolies..
>2. In another model, Gate has engaged in an aggressive
>scheduling strategy 3. In the meantime, Lehigh,
>Lafayette and to a lesser extent, Bucknell is
>tip-toeing into a more aggressive strategy
>3. Until the recent hire of the new AD at HC in Feb
>2014, it wasn't clear whether HC would have the stole
>equivalencies to schedule FBS games and the will to
>schedule up in the FCS. They've scheduled
>aggressively, but not getting to the Fordham and Gate
>model til the 2017 season.
>4. And Georgetqwn is trying to find suitable
>non-scholly teams and years to be the 9th Ivy inn
>When you get into the thick of PL competition, the
>value of scheduling up can be demonstrated by what the
>players have picked up and how the coaches have guided
>them through their early challenges.
>No doubt, each of these models are consistent with
>traditions and athletic aspirations associated with
>the brands of each school. It can get pretty old to
>get the crap beat out of you if the transition to this
>scheduling isn't accompanied by knowledgeable
>coaching, good strategic branding and buy-in from the
>recruits to enter into these experiments.
>It makes accurately predicting Gate's performance
>against Princeton and Fordham as difficult as gauging
>how difficult Lehigh, Laffy and Bucknell will be.
>Buckie's weak schedule, excepting Army, may make them
>the easiest opponent of the 3 although they have the
>best record at this date.

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