Harvard Four Down Preview: Columbia Lions (3-4) at Harvard Crimson (5-2)

Kickoff: The Crimson are coming off of a much needed 28-13 win over rival Dartmouth and will look to make it two in a row when Columbia visits Cambridge. For the first time all season, the Crimson finally played a complete game.

Four Downs

1st Down: Start Fast: Harvard has been very inconsistent when it comes to starting fast. The Crimson need to get off to a good start today and make Columbia play from behind.

2nd Down: Find a way to run the ball: Columbia has the nation’s top rush defense only allowing 60.3 rush yards per game. Harvard will have to get creative running the football today. Look for more jet and fly sweeps and more misdirection.

3rd Down: Get consistent pressure: The Lions lost starting quarterback Joe Green for the season. Senior Caden Bell is the starter. Truman Jones and company must get consistent pressure on him and get after him.

4th Down: Play Up: Columbia is 0-4 in the league. Harvard cannot play down to them. They need to play to their level and take care of business.

Extra Point: Columbia and Harvard meet for the 80th time in the series’ history in Cambridge. Last season, the Crimson earned a 49-21 win at Columbia and have won 17 of the last 18 match-ups. Harvard leads the all-time series 63-15-1.

Final Drive: The Crimson are in the Ivy League title hunt and if they want to stay in it, they need to take care of business. They have dominated this rivalry and today should be no different.