The Top Team in the Patriot League the Last Three Years

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This is the fourth post in our 24-part #SuperSquad series, recognizing the best programs in every single Division I FBS & FCS Conference over the last three years, as well as the upperclassmen & staff who’ve anchored them.

The Raiders went 7-4, 10-2, & 4-8, finishing 1st, 1st, & 5th each year in the Patriot League, according to Hierank’s rankings.

Congratulations to the Colgate Raiders for having the best football program in the Patriot League, the last three years!

Special Honors to the 39 student athletes who were on the roster each of these three seasons, 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20:

Abu Daramy-Swaray, Marques Bruce, Triston Fairchild, Abdoul Kouyate, Grant Breneman, Jake Froschauer, Noah Rothman, Jordan Jefferson, Nick Gill, Malik Twyman, Winslow Robinson, Frank Rica III, Kyan Brumfield, Blane Briggs, Nicholas Ioanilli, Hayden Howren, Aidan Gaertner, Alex Mathews, Tommy Halkyard, Barney Amor, Trevor Thompson, Jake Shaffner, Chris Puzzi, Quinn Stephenson, Andrew Jaworski, Will Varble, Charlie Holsopple, Sam Diehl, Jovaun Woolford, Alex Sargiss, Jack Badovinac, Nick Diaco, Nick Draught, Jacob Esarco, Michael Kane, Cam Rohr, Nick Wheeler, Owen Rosenberger, Hunter Gossman

Before getting deeper into our winners’ accolades, let’s count down the conference runners-up, from worst-to-first:


7th

Bucknell Bison, #242

2.0 Super Squad Rating

Bucknell Bison logo

Record:

9-24 Overall
6-12 Patriot League
0 League Championships

Average Power:

30.2

Best Finish:

#224 Overall
(2017-18 Season)

Not much to say about the Bison. Winning less than a third of their games and never finishing above #220 leaves them as the least super of all the squads in the Patriot League.


6th

Lafayette Leopards, #241

2.1 Super Squad Rating

Lafayette Leopards logo

Record:

10-24 Overall
9-9 Patriot League
0 League Championships

Average Power:

31.4

Best Finish:

#216 Overall
(2019-20 Season)

While generally stronger than Bucknell, the Leopards only managed one non-conference win over this entire period, in the 2018 season. This speaks to the relative-weakness of the Patriot League against other FCS conferences.


5th

Fordham Rams, #233

2.2 Super Squad Rating

Fordham Rams logo

Record:

10-24 Overall
7-11 Patriot League
0 League Championships

Average Power:

32.6

Best Finish:

#206 Overall
(2019-20 Season)

Unlike the others so far, Fordham’s most recent season was their best that we analyzed. Will the Rams move up on our 2021 list?


4th

Georgetown Hoyas, #232

2.2 Super Squad Rating

Georgetown

Record:

11-22 Overall
5-13 Patriot League
0 League Championships

Average Power:

32.2

Best Finish:

#199 Overall
(2018-19 Season)

After an atrocious 1-10 2017 season, the Hoyas have recovered to put in two 5-6 seasons, barely breaking into the Top 200 in 2018.


3rd

Lehigh Mountain Hawks, #212

2.5 Super Squad Rating

Lehigh Mountain Hawks logo

Record:

12-22 Overall
10-13 Patriot League
1 League Championship
(Shared, 2017)

Average Power:

35.3

Best Finish:

#183 Overall
(2017-18 Season)

Despite sharing a Patriot League championship in 2017, the Mountain Hawks were never able to manage a winning season record. Their best finish that year, at #183, and #212 overall ranking leaves much to be desired for this third-place finisher.


2nd

Holy Cross Crusaders, #170

3.4 Super Squad Rating

Holy Cross Crusaders logo

Record:

16-19 Overall
12-6 Patriot League
1 League Championship
(2019)

Average Power:

44.0

Best Finish:

#154 Overall
(2019-20 Season)

Holy Cross is the first of only two Patriot League squads on this list to even have a winning conference record over the 2017-2019 period. Second on the list wasn’t enough to boast a winning record overall though, finishing the three years an unimpressive 16-19. On the upside, this squad improved its ranking and power every single year over the three!

Will the Crusaders top next year’s list?


WINNER

Colgate Raiders, #121

4.8 Super Squad Rating

Colgate Raiders logo

Record:

21-14 Overall
14-4 Patriot League
2 League Championships

(2018, Shared 2017)

Average Power:

51.3

Best Finish:

#50 Overall
(2017-18 Season)

Colgate went 6-0 in the conference in 2018 before upsetting a perpetually-dominant James Madison squad in the first round of playoffs, only to lose the following week to the eventual FCS National Champion, North Dakota State.

That successful 2018 season, plus a shared conference title with a weaker Lehigh squad in 2017, earns them the top spot on this list and our highest position to date.

The Raiders followed up both of these years with a less-impressive 4-8 run in 2019, but still managed to go .500 in the conference. If they are not vigilant this fall, a better-trending Holy Cross team may steal this position next year.

Congratulations to Colgate’s coaches, staff, administrators, all players, and especially the 39 young men present on the roster all three years!



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