Crimson Can Still Tie for Ivy Championship
Let's see now: if Harvard wins all its remaining games and if Dartmouth loses its games, Harvard will tie for the championship and the Indians will be fifth.
This is a part of the intricate speculation that has been going on in the Harvard Sports Information Office. By a series of complicated figurings, the boys at the office have discovered a way for Harvard to repeat as Ivy champions, along with four other schools.
If this sounds unbelievable to you, think about the Ivy race this fall. In a League where upsets are commonplace, this has been an unusually good year for surprise victories.
Dartmouth's downfall could start today, although it isn't very likely. The Indians have invited Columbia to their topee grounds, and the Lion are full of optimism as a result of their upset over Cornell last Saturday.
Once again the game will be a battle of quarterbacks, with Archie Roberts and Bill King dominating the scene. Unfortunately for Columbia, Dartmouth has much more than a King, a fact of life that makes the Big Green a two touchdown favorite.
Cornell, which still has a chance to tie for the League crown (if they win their remaining three games) visits Brown for what should be an easy victory But don't place a great deal of money on this one.
Gary Wood is the major and sometimes only part of the Cornell attack, and if he is the least bit cold the Bruins just might win their first Ivy game in modern times.
Brown's hopes rest on the passing ability of sophomore quarterback Jim Dunda, who ranks third in the League in total offense. The Bruins are also saying that their line--banged up in early games--is back in shape. I'll take the fickle Ithacans in this one, by a point or two.
The Quakers of Penn will try to regain some respectability after their total collapse in the Cambridge rain last week. Penn isn't nearly as bad as they looked in Harvard town, and they might make a comeback in New Haven today.
Then again, they might not. Yale, to everyone's surprise, including the Yalies, did not die a quick death when Dartmouth raided New Haven last week. In fact, the Bulldogs came pretty close to winning. It really makes no difference to the title race who takes this one, but school pride is involved.
When it comes to pride, the Yalies have an obnoxious amount of it, and that factor alone could give them the game, by a touchdown or two.
This leaves the most important clash of the day, at Princeton. The game will undoubtedly be a high scoring contest between the two best backfields in the League. Princeton has three of them, Harvard two, but if the Crimson gets in gear fast enough the parties at the Clubs will be unhappy affairs.
Statistics, past performances, line strength and all those usually reliable indicators say the Tigers should triumph These figures have lied before in the Ivies however, and it is my suspicion that they lie again. Harvard, by five points.