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Those who are fortunate enough to see the Yale-Princeton game tomorrow will witness another hard fought and close contest. On the form shown by the two teams in the games played so far the chances would seem to be in favor of Yale. But Princeton has been exceedingly unfortunate all fall; at no time since the middle of October has Captain Poe been able to put his strongest team into the field. Princeton will still be seriously handicapped when she meets Yale on account of the loss of Black and Hayden; the others who have been on the injured list, however, have recovered and the team which will face Yale is by no means a weak one.
Jones is a better man for centre than either Holcomb or Lewis. He has not played much this year, but is rapidly settling down to good work. His return to college is fortunate for Princeton, as it enables Captain Poe to shift Riggs to guard. Riggs is not only a strong man and thoroughly at home at guard, but he is a brainy player; he will give Heffelfinger all he wants to do and will, probably, at the same time seriously interfere with the effectiveness of Yale's centre. On the other side of Janes, Thomas or Symmes will face S. Morison. It is hardly probable that Symmes will be in condition to play, but Thomas will make a good substitute; he is a big, strong man, much the same build as Morison, but he is awkward and not able to use his full strength. It is evident, therefore, that there is not much to choose between the centres of the two teams.
At tackle Princeton is weak. If Black had been able to play, he would have been the very man to face Captain Rhodes. Speir will probably be played here if he has recovered from his recent shaking up; if not, Woods will try his hand on the Yale captain. He is strong, active, a fair tackler and a good runner, but not up to the other two. On the other side of the line, Lewis will face Wallis; he is a sure tackler and very active, but hardly strong enough for the position. On the ends, however, with Warren and Farness. Princeton will be able to give Yale points on how the position should be played.
Back of the line the two teams are very evenly matched, except at quarter-back; Poe is of course away up and above Barbour. If Harvey should play fullback for Yale his work will off-set that of Homans. The Princeton man has a very quick punt and a reasonably good drop kice, and he runs well with the ball; but he lacks experience and is very apt to get excited. Harvey is good at all points of a fullback's play, and has had considerable experience. It is difficult to compare the work of the halfbacks. Princeton has no one man who is as good as McClung; but on the other hand both her men are probably better than any man Yale has outside of him. Spicer is a good line breaker, and King runs much as Channing of last year's team did. Both elevens have several strong substitutes.
Princeton's play has lacked snap this year, and Yale expects that sharp. aggressive work will demoralize the New Jersey men. But while Princeton's line is somewhat out of balance, this is probably the only weakness that Yale will find in it; and when it comes to aggressive work the Princeton eleven is apt to surprise Yale. Little is known of Princeton's team play, but we have seen that Yale's is at times really remarkable. Such work kept up throughout a game would be well nigh invincible. But the Yale team did not keep it up last Saturday, and it is hardly probable that it will on Thanksgiving Day. The chances are slightly in favor of Yale, but it is going to be a very close game and a very interesting one to watch.
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