Cornell football out to defy media poll for 4th straight season

The Cornell football team has been picked to finish seventh in the Ivy League’s annual preseason media poll it was announced on Monday by the conference office. For the fourth straight season, the Big Red has no interest in finishing where they’ve been picked – and history says they’ll likely place higher … again.

A year ago, Cornell was picked to finish last among the Ancient Eight. Cornell climbed to fifth in the final standings (3-4) and was in contention for the Ivy title in November for the first time since 2000. Its three Ivy League wins were the most since 2011 and tied for the best conference record by the program in more than a decade. The Big Red defeated 2017 preseason co-favorites Princeton and Harvard, topping the Crimson for the first time in 12 years. Two years ago, the Big Red was chosen to finish eighth, then started the year 3-0 and took sixth place. The year before it was eighth in the poll. Cornell didn’t end there either.

Head coach David Archer ’05 and his team have their sights set higher – much higher.

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