After a thrilling 36-33 double-overtime victory over Lafayette in its home opener, the Princeton football team faces Columbia in its Ivy League opener Oct. 2. Through two games, the Tigers have looked like a very good team at times but also have made mental lapses. Staying sharp and keeping emotions in check will be key this week, as Princeton seeks revenge against a team that beat the Tigers 38-0 at home last season.
One of the keys to last week’s game was the play of senior linebacker Jon Olofsson, who shifted from outside linebacker to middle linebacker after senior co-captain and preseason All-American Steve Cody was lost with a broken leg in week one. Olofsson finished with 16 tackles. Junior outside linebacker Andrew Starks has transitioned smoothly from the secondary and also has looked good this season. Through two games, Starks leads the team with 11 unassisted tackles and two tackles for losses. Princeton’s defense will be tested by Columbia quarterback Sean Brackett, who is second in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with a 155.7 quarterback efficiency rating.