PRINCETON, N.J.—The Ivy League announced on Monday that its football schedule has been modified to enhance the excitement of the final weekend of the season, with historic regional rivalries closing the seasons for all eight schools. Beginning with the Fall of 2018 season, the schedule will feature exciting regional matchups – Brown vs. Dartmouth, Columbia vs. Cornell, Harvard vs. Yale and Penn vs. Princeton – on the final weekend of play.


“The storied-tradition of Ivy League regional rivalries has always been of great importance to our alumni, fans and teams,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said. “We look forward to a fantastic final weekend of the Ivy football season, with these rivalry games adding to the excitement of the Ivy League title race.”


In order to move the regional rivalries to the final weekend of the season, the league’s athletics directors in October, 2012 approved a few adjustments to the traditional schedule. The season finales are all currently scheduled to take place on the final Saturday of Ivy football, although schools have the flexibility to move individual games to Friday.


Columbia had ended its previous 53 seasons by playing Brown. Beginning in 2018, Columbia will begin closing seasons by playing its Empire State Bowl Game rival Cornell.


Complete details on Columbia’s 2018 season will be announced at a later date. Columbia’s three non-conference opponents include Central Connecticut State, Georgetown in the Lou Little Cup and Marist.


Columbia is coming off a successful 2017 season which saw the Lions register their best overall record (8-2), best Ivy League record (5-2) and highest Ivy League finish (second place) in 21 years since 1996.


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