Penn has no easy task this weekend. The Princeton team that will trot onto the field on Saturday is not the same one Penn has dominated the past couple of years. The Tigers are coming in with a 6-1 record and have a high-powered offense in 2013. They have topped 50 points in four games this year and are averaging almost 550 yards a contest.
Princeton is led by junior quarterback Quinn Epperly, who is having quite a season. Last week he had a stellar performance going 32/35 for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as ran for 3 scores, earning him Sports Center's, yes Sports Center took notice of the Ivy League, Capital One Impact performance of the week.
For Penn, they are hoping to get their senior quarterback Billy Ragone back under center as he has missed the last two games with an injury. Penn noticeably missed him last week as they were shut out by Brown 27-0. Ragone, historically, has been good against Princeton. Entering his 5th year at Penn, he has a career record of 3-0 against the Tigers and in the most recent contest, led a 4th quarter comeback to win at Princeton. Having Ragone back against the Tigers will be a welcome sight for back up QB Ryan Becker who could not manage a point against the Brown defense last week. Penn are expecting to also have starting RB Kyle Wilcox start against Princeton. He left the Brown game with an injury and did not return.
Side Note: I will actually be attending this game with my father who is a Penn alum. I have been to many Penn sporting events over the years, but this will be my first Penn-Princeton football game. I have been to the Palestra for this match up, but never Franklin Field.
To continue to the homecoming festivities, immediately following the game, Penn hosts the Temple Owls and former Penn head coach Fran Dunphy in the first Big 5 game of the year at the Palestra.
What's at Stake
-For Penn, the game could propel the Quakers into at least a tie for first place going into next week's game at Harvard.
-Continuing a homecoming winning streak. Currently the Quakers have won 4 consecutive homecoming games at Franklin Field, and are 16-5 under coach Al Bagnoli.
-A win would also mean the Quakers have topped the Tigers seven consecutive times.
-Make or break game for the Quakers having a shot at the Ivy League title.
Princeton Tigers (6-1, 4-0 Ivy) @ Penn Quakers (4-3, 3-1 Ivy)
12:00 noon, Franklin Field - Philadelphia, PA
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