Several weeks before Yale revealed its football schedule for 2017, many other colleges had already made theirs public. Since Yale is named as an opponent for ten other teams, it was simple to determine, by default, what the coming Yale schedule will look like.
It is no longer a “schedule by default” however, since it now is included on the Yale athletics web page.
Unlike 2015, when the Bulldogs played only four times in the Yale Bowl (all against fellow Ivy opponents), the 2017 slate includes five at home and five away, the same as last season. However, the location of the seven Ivy League contests is tilted in favor of home appearances for Yale. Four Ivy games (Cornell, Columbia, Brown and Harvard) will be here, with the others (Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton) on the road.
There are three non-conference opponents, Lehigh, Fordham and Holy Cross. They are all in the Patriot League, which during the past several years has been switching from no football scholarships to free rides for most of its athletes.
This has caused the balance of power to be more on the side of the Patriot League teams than the Ivies, which do not grant athletic scholarships.
Of the three Patriot League teams Yale will be playing, Lehigh and Fordham will be met on their campuses, while Holy Cross will be faced in New Haven. The setup is unusual as it calls for Yale going to Fordham in two consecutive seasons.
There may be slight changes in playing dates when the Ivy League’s TV package is finalized, moving some Saturday contests to Friday nights.
The Yale schedule, subject to revision, follows:
at Lehigh, Sept. 16
Cornell, Sept. 23
at Fordham, Sept. 30
at Dartmouth, Oct. 7
Holy Cross, Oct. 14
at Pennsylvania, Oct. 21
Columbia, Oct. 28
Brown, Nov. 4
at Princeton, Nov. 11
Harvard, Nov. 18