1) Block Zach Hodges. Reigning Asa S. Bushnell Award winner as the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year had only four tackles, one breakup and one quarterback hurry last year thanks to the Tiger double teams which he will likely see again.
|Mike Zeuli '15|
2) Hold That Line. The Tigers lead the FCS in rushing defense, 61 yards per game, which is an astounding number considering the youth of the starting front seven (except for Mike Zeuli). But Harvard isn’t throwing 71 times like Brown did to inflate those numbers, and the Crimson pass protection will be excellent. “They have two NFL prospects (Center Nick Easton and right tackle Cole Toner),” said Bob Surace, “This is as complete an offensive line as I have witnessed in this league.”
3) Cover. Quarterback Conner Hempel, expected back this week for the first time since Game 1, threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns last year against Princeton. Tigers did the job in the red zone last week, have to do it again.
4) Throw It Often and Well. Harvard has allowed only 11 points per game, but hasn’t faced an offense nearly as good as Princeton’s. The Crimson secondary has given up 11 touchdown passes and 608 yards over the last two meetings.
5) Take That Ball Away. There is little reason to believe these teams aren’t as evenly matched as the last two years, when the team with the last shot -- Princeton in both cases -- won. Tigers still minus-2 in giveaways-takeaways while Harvard is minus-3. Fewest mistakes likely wins.