Two teams currently on the upswing will meet at 2 p.m. this afternoon in the Stadium. But Dartmouth has swung up a little more impressively than Harvard, and the betting fraternity is making the Big Green a two touchdown favorite. Six to five, on the line, and take your choice.
Tuss McLaughry's Indians may not find things quite that easy this afternoon. No one really knows whether Harvard was playing far over its head in last week's one-point win over Army, or whether it was at last playing the football of which it is capable. But edging West Point proved at least that an upset against Dartmouth is not beyond the realm of possibility. Lioyd Jordan and his players feel that today's is the critical game to start making 1951 a relatively successful or fairly unsuccessful season.
One point in the Big Green's favor is that injuries have had more of a weakening effect on Harvard than on Dartmouth. Every time McLaughry has lost a man through injuries this season, he has been able to dig up a talented sophomore who can perform as well as, if not better than, the original.
Four of these sophomores are starting for the Indians today. At left end Dave Thielscher, fair on offense and strong on defense, has replaced the more experienced Doc Dey. At center, Mike Papas tones has shown spectacular improvement since Captain Bill Vesprini was injured against Penn. For a fullback, McLaughry has built the hard-driving Dick Jennison into a suitable replacement for lone fullback letterman John Foster. And at quarterback, McLaughry unearthed Jim Miller, a better passer than Gene Howard, when the latter injured his leg.
Jordan has not been so fortunate, and the Crimson, the team with a half-dosen passers, will not be able to start its one expert at the trade, Dick Clasby. The badly-bruised Clasby and driving fullback John Culver will see only limited action today.
Dartmouth defeated Army two weeks ago, 28 to 14, but this score, more impressive than Harvard's, cannot be taken too seriously. The Cadets bobbled the ball all over the field in both games. Harvard recovered six Army fumbles; Dartmouth came up with four in strategic places.
The betters were probably near-accurate in making Dartmouth a 13-point favorite on paper. But this afternoon a crowd of 25,000 unbelievers will be in the Stadium to see who can win a football game.
Nationality known sportscaster Bill Stern, assisted by Ray Michaels, will handle the telecast of the Harvard-Dartmouth game today, starting at 1:55 p.m. This is will be the Crimson's only video appearance this year.
Officials--Referee, Harry O. Dayhoff (Bucknell); Umpire, Joseph K. Schwarzer (Syracuse); Linesman, August P. Cervini (Holy Cross); Field Judge, Robert B. James.