The Harvard football team will play the University of Pennsylvania next year on the date formerly reserved for the Princeton encounter, according to an announcement made through the H.A.A. last night. November 5 is the date of the game, which will be played in the Franklin Field Stadium at Philadelphia, as the first game of a two-year home-and-home agreement. The second contest, in 1928, will be played at Cambridge.
With two Middle-western teams already scheduled in Purdue and Indians, it was felt that a large Eastern institution would most acceptably fill the vacant place on the University's list of gridiron engagements for next fall. The Pennsylvania battle rounds out one of the most difficult schedules ever under-taken by a Harvard team. Vermont, one of the stronger of the small college elevens, will open the schedule in the Stadium, to be followed in order by Purdue, Holy Cross, Dartmouth, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Brown and Yale.
For the past few seasons the Pennsylvania outfit has been one of the most powerful in the East. Playing an exceptionally difficult schedule this fall, it has come through against its strongest opponents, defeating Penn State and Columbia by 3 to 0 scores, taking the measure of a strong Chicago team, and dropping a hard fought battle to the University of Illinois, 3 to 0. Until the loss of this game, the team was heralded as a potential Eastern champion.
A Harvard-Pennsylvania football series was among the earliest established rivalries on the gridiron. From 1881 until relations were broken off in 1905, 19 games had been played, of which 12 had been won by Harvard. In the early years of the series, strong teams from the University annually annihilated the Pennsylvania eleven, as is shown by the scores of 1887, 1888, and 1889, when the Philadelphia's fell by 42 to 0, 35 to 0, and 50 to 0. After Harvard had enjoyed a long winning streak, the series closed in 1905, the last two games being Pennsylvania victories.