Yale’s 2016 football schedule of ten games will be evenly split, with five at home and an equal number on the road. That’s a slight improvement over the past season (4-6) when only four contests took place in the historic Yale Bowl, despite the fact that it was starting its 101st season. The six away from New Haven last year included an unprecedented four in a row.
The preponderance of road games, and the order of their placement on the schedule last season, drew everything from bewilderment to criticism to outrage from many traditional Yale fans and alumni. This year, Columbia and Brown will be the only back-to-back games not in the Bowl.
Fordham replacing Maine
The opposing teams will be the same as in 2015, with the exception of Fordham, which will be faced in New York, and will replace Maine as the fifth game on the Bulldogs’ schedule. Starting times are tentative pending finalization of television coverage.
This past Yale-Harvard game was moved back two hours for a 2:30 kickoff, at the request of NBC-Sports TV, which is said to have paid the cost of portable lights, to draw a larger television audience in a more ideal time period. Unfortunately, the one-sided score (Harvard won 38-19) probably impacted the number of viewers in a not hoped for direction.
Changes possible to accommodate TV
Don’t be surprised if at least one of the 2016 road games is moved up to the night prior so it can be included on the Ivy League’s Friday night television package.
The most likely games for that to happen would be those at Cornell and/or Columbia, both of which have permanent lighting. Brown, like Yale, is still without it. Harvard, which has hosted several night games, could play the Bulldogs at night or again late starting in mid-afternoon, but the tradition of playing The Game on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, is almost set in stone.
Yale’s 2016 schedule, subject to change for television:
Sept. 17 Colgate (Yale Bowl)
Sept 24 at Cornell
Oct. 1 Lehigh (Yale Bowl)
Oct. 8 Dartmouth (Yale Bowl)
Oct. 15 at Fordham
Oct. 22 Penn (Yale Bowl)
Oct. 29 at Columbia
Nov. 5 at Brown
Nov. 12 Princeton (Yale Bowl)
Nov. 19 at Harvard