Big Red ready for season opener

By wbng sports

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Cornell football begins a new era Saturday when Union-Endicott grad David Archer takes the sidelines for the season opener against Bucknell.

The former Tiger will be coaching his first game as the lead man of the Big Red, as Cornell takes the field on Ivy League opening weekend.

The team is coming off a 4-6 season, in which they finished sixth in the Ivy League. That's also the same place the Big Red is picked to finish this year.

But it's a new team with a new head coach, and the players said they're ready to stop the talk, and prove some people wrong on the field.

"It's always a long preseason, especially in the Ivy League and we've been pretty much going against each other for the past month or so," said senior safety Michael Hernandez. "It's finally good to see some game planning of opponents and see another color out there on the field so we're excited about it."

"I mean it's always exciting and it's nice because right now we have a real high intensity level and it always naturally builds as you get closer to game time," said senior linebacker Brett Buehler. "To start as high as we are right now means that by the time we get to game time, I think we'll be in really really good shape."

The Big Red is looking for its first division title since tying for it back in 1990.

This weekend is also homecoming up in Ithaca, with the kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. against the Bison.

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