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Big Green ready for opening night

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The Dartmouth football team opens the 2016 season Saturday night hosting New Hampshire in the Granite Bowl.  Kickoff is set for 7pm at Memorial Field and the game came be seen on Fox College Sports.

It's the first time the Wildcats will visit Hanover since 2008.  While this will be our first look at Dartmouth in regular season action, UNH has already played two games. The Wildcats losing the season opener at San Diego State before knocking off Holy Cross last weekend in Durham. UNH is ranked 24th in the country in the FCS rankings.

The Big Green have lost some key players to graduation, but still have a talented roster looking to build off last season's co-Ivy League Championship. There's no better way to make a statement then on opening night against a nationally ranked in-state rival on national television.

"People are feeling good," Dartmouth quarterback, Jack Heneghan said.  "The team's really excited. We've put in a lot of work this preseason, so we're really excited to have all that come together hopefully against UNH. They're a great opponent so it'll be an exciting challenge."

"We're excited more than anything," Dartmouth defensive end, Brandon Cooper said.   "Instead of nervous, we're excited to show everyone what we've got, get out here in front of these fans and put on a show."

"Certainly it's a big game," Dartmouth head coach, Buddy Teevens said.  "UNH is a top ranked team annually and Sean's (McDonnell) done a tremendous job with those guys. We have a chance to play with a team at that level. We feel like we've had a good preseason and we feel like we're ready to play."


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