If Harvard is going to contend for an Ivy League title, then they are going to have to go on the road and beat an undefeated Princeton team. It will be a tall task as the Tigers have one of the most potent offenses in the country. They will challenge the Crimson’s young but talented defense.
Here are three keys to this game for the Crimson.
1. Ball control: Harvard can keep up with Princeton offensively but their best chance at winning this game is to run the football and control the clock. If the Crimson can do that, they will great help their defense.
2. Jake Smith needs to be great: Jake Smith has been outstanding the past four games but his career at Harvard will remembered for what he did in games like this. Smith must execute and take care of the football, something he’s done this season.
3. Adjust to their tempo: Princeton likes to spread it out and play fast. Harvard’s defense will have its hands full with their tempo. The Crimson must keep pace and not get worn down. If they do, they are in for a long day.
Final score: Princeton 31 Harvard 24: The Crimson offense will move the ball and score points but I have a hard time believing a young Harvard defense will be able to stop this high octane Princeton offense. The Tigers have a lot of weapons and are well coached. They’ll be tough to stop.