MIT's Football Wins Catching up to Its Nobel Prizes

November 12, 2014

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has now won as many football games in the last 70 years as it has Nobel Prizes, thanks to an undefeated 8-0 season. Between 1944 and 2013, people with MIT affiliations won 80 Nobel Prizes, the Wall Street Journal reports. In that same time span, the university won just 80 football games. The Engineers, a Division III team, won its first-ever New England Football Conference championship on Saturday and have earned a spot in the playoffs.

"For more than a century, the geniuses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have focused on fairly trivial matters, such as coming up with the scientific advances that change the world," the Journal's Ben Cohen wrote. "That kept them busy for a while. But now they are finally paying attention to the stuff we really care about — like inventing a respectable football team."

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