The Crimson will play its first game in California since 1949 (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard football team will open its 140th season of play Saturday, Sept. 21 against San Diego in a 3 p.m. EST kickoff at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. This will mark the second-straight year that the Crimson and Toreros have squared off in the first game of the season, with Harvard winning the first meeting a year ago, 28-13, inside Harvard Stadium.
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Harvard has won 10 of the last 12 season openers and is an impressive 114-23-2 (.820) in the first game of the season. Under current head coach Tim Murphy, the Crimson is 13-6 on opening day.
For only the third time in team history, the Crimson will play a game on the West Coast. Harvard won the 1920 Rose Bowl, 7-6, against Oregon on Jan. 1, 1920. Nearly three decades later, the Crimson dropped a road game at Stanford, 44-0, in Harvard's season opener on Sept. 24, 1949.
Saturday's game will be the second meeting between Harvard and San Diego in a series that began in 2012. The Crimson defeated the Toreros 28-13 in the only meeting between the opponents on Sept. 15, 2012 to hold the lone vicotry in the all-time series.
San Diego enters play at 1-1 after a bye week. The Toreros opened the year with a 38-16 defeat at Cal Poly, Aug. 31, before topping Western New Mexico by a score of 38-35 in San Diego's home opener on Sept. 7.
Harvard opens its season while much of the country is already in its third week of play. The Crimson, which averaged an Ivy record 39.4 points per game in 2012, finished the season 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the Ivy League, was voted to finish second in the Ancient Eight. Harvard returns 15 starters from last year's squad.
The Crimson was chosen second in the Ivy League football preseason media poll in August. Harvard received five first-place votes and trailed Penn (11 first-place votes) in the poll.
2013 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll:
Rank School Points
1. Penn (11) 129
2. Harvard (5) 121
3. Brown (1) 88
4. Dartmouth 76
5. Princeton 73
6. Cornell 57
7. Yale 46
8. Columbia 22
Harvard on National TV
The Crimson will have three of its contests broadcast live on national television this season, all on the NBC Sports Network. Harvard's TV games include: Brown Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Penn Nov. 16 at noon and at Yale for the 130th Playing of The Game Nov. 23 at noon.
Sat., Sept. 21 Lehigh at Princeton
Sat., Sept. 28 Brown at Harvard
Sat., Oct. 12 Lehigh at Columbia
Sat., Nov. 9 Cornell at Dartmouth
Sat., Nov. 16 Penn at Harvard
Sat., Nov. 23 Harvard at Yale
Harvard has won 23 of its last 30 non-league games dating back to 2003. The Crimson was 3-0 against non-Ivy foes last year, defeating San Diego, 28-13, Holy Cross, 52-3, and Bucknell, 35-7.
Harvard is 21-7 in road games since the start of the 2000 season. The Crimson is 17-6 in Ivy League road games in as many years. In 2012, Harvard posted a 2-2 mark away from Cambridge.
Where We Are Now
Saturday's game will be Harvard's 1,263rd varsity football game. The Crimson has an all-time record of 829-383-50 (.677).
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy
In his 20th season as Harvard's all-time winningest coach, Tim Murphy enters Saturday's game with a 128-61 record with the Crimson and a 160-106-1 overall head coaching-record, which includes five years at Cincinnati and two years at Maine. Murphy is one of just seven coaches to win 100 games since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956. Murphy has led Harvard to six Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011). Murphy serves as president for the American Football Coaches Association this season. He is 1-0 all-time against San Diego.
Ivy League Digital Network
This summer, the Ivy League Digital Network was launched, giving fans of all Ancient Eight schools one home for all video and audio streams of the institutions at IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.
All five Harvard home football games and its three conference road contests will be broadcast live on this new platform, as will a host of other Harvard teams throughout the season.
Powered by NeuLion, The Ivy League Digital Network includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices, all without the use of an app.
Packages for the League-wide channel are $119.95 for 12 months, $49.95 for four months and $15.95 for one month and include multi-camera HD coverage of all available home and select away games in football and men's and women's basketball and selected home and away games in men's and women's ice hockey. Every available Ivy League contest in those sports will be shown on the network.
Packages for the school-specific channels, which feature live and on-demand video and audio content from available home and away contests across a variety of sports, are $89.95 for 12 months, $39.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a single day.
Connect with The Ivy League® Digital Network by using the hashtag #IvyDigital on social media or by following the Ancient Eight on Facebook (facebook.com/TheIvyLeague), Twitter (@Ivy_Athletics) or Instagram (instagram.com/IvyLeagueSports).
"Inside Ivy League Football"
"Inside Ivy League Football," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League football, returns for its third year for the 2013 season but now has a new home on The Ivy League Digital Network.
Airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Football" takes an in-depth look at all the on-field gridiron action and all the news and notes surrounding football in the Ancient Eight.
Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile' and 'Alumni Spotlight,' the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League football, both past and present in exclusive one-on-one conversations.
Fans and alumni can engage with the show via Facebook (facebook.com/InsideIvyLeagueFootball) and Twitter (@insideivyfb, #IvyFootball) and contribute content for its 'Social Media Mash' segment with chances to win prize packs courtesy of The Ivy League.
Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups.
Every episode from the first two seasons are also available on The Ivy League Digital Network at IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.