Mains will be Yale's opponent this afternoon at New Haven, and this game will furnish a basis for a rough comparison of the relative strength of the Harvard and Yale teams at this part of the season.
During the last week Yale has been practicing the wing-shift plays brought East by T. Shevlin. Shevlin has given the eleven some scoring combinations which have worked well on the scrubs and will be tried today. Warren, Pendleton, Wheeler, Avery, and Talbott are all veterans who have been compelled to retire during the week to allow substitutes to be tried in their places. Harbison, Merkle, Pumpelly, and Cornell have been out of the game on account of illness. Cornell is the only member of this last group who will return soon.
Shake-ups in the make-up of the eleven have been so frequent that it is impossible to predict a single position on the team for the final games. Since Marquard is strong at centre, Ketcham has gone to guard, but the situation at the wings is so unpromising that he may be shifted there. Tomorrow will probably show the most promising candidates for the wing positions.
Princeton Meets Fordham.
Princeton will line up against Fordham this afternoon at Princeton. This is the first time in five years that the Princeton team has not started the season with an overwhelming victory. Since being scored on last Saturday, a great many shake-ups in the team have occurred, with the idea of correcting apparent weaknesses. The backfield today will probably be composed of Glick, right half; Trenkman, fullback; Merritt, left half; and Law, quarter. Baker, the regular quarter, has been shifted to end, and with these changes the Princeton team will present a new aspect.
Little is known of the Fordham team just at present. There is a rumor, however, that they have a drop-kicker on whom they are relying to score against Princeton this afternoon.
Brown vs. Rhode Island State
Providence will be the scene today of the Brown-R. I. State game. Since the defeat by Colby last, Saturday, Brown's coaches have put the squad through vigorous scrimmages every afternoon. The main fault with the Brown team is lack of speed. To acquire this the line has been made over. The backfield, with Gardiner, Bean, Henry, and Casey, has shown great improvement, and the team as a whole is expected to give a good account of itself today.
Cornell's opponent today is Oberlin and the game will be played at Ithaca Cornell's game with Colgate last Saturday showed that Cornell needs a backfield. To this end Shuler and Shelton have replaced Philippi and McIlvaine during the last week. The only change in the line is at left tackle, where Williamson, the tallest player on the squad has replaced Collyer.
Holy Cross vs. M. A. C. at Worcester.
Holy Cross plays Massachusetts Agricultural College at Worcester this afternoon. Holy Cross held Yale to a 10-0 score last Saturday, and showed that it. The back-field is the weakest part of the team at present, but constant practice has eliminated many of the faults.