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Harvard faces Princeton today at 2 o'clock in the Palmer Memorial Stadium, with most of the 60,000 persons watching the game expecting the Tigers to triumph. It is not the first time that a Crimson eleven has gone into a Big Three game decidedly the underdog, and Captain Cheek's men, though the odds are against them, are determined to fight out a victory over the warriors of Nassau.
There is really no great reason to rate Princeton as an odds-on favorite this afternoon. The record of the Tigers this season is not impressive; it includes three minor victories, one tie, and one defeat. Harvard's three wins and two losses are nothing to boast about, but they will not discourage the Crimson team today.
Much football knowledge was gained in the Dartmouth game two weeks ago. Harvard met one of the best aerial attacks in the East that day, and as a result showed a vastly better defense against forward passes the next week. The disappointingly small score made against William and Mary last Saturday was due somewhat to illness which pervaded the squad that day.
Weights of Teams Almost Equal
Physically the two teams are well matched. The Tiger forward line, with Captain McMillan its largest man, outweighs the Crimson barrier, but Harvard has the edge in the backfield weight.
It was announced last night that Maher would start at right halfback this afternoon. Maher's punting was a feature of the Dartmouth game.
There appears to be little to choose, man for man, between the rival forward lines. Princeton's ends are comparatively inexperienced, and reserve strength on the wings is lacking. Sayles has proved his worth this season, and E. H. Bradford is a fast end who should hold his own with the best that Princeton can offer.
Lindner and Pratt, Harvard tackles, are aggressive players, but Gates and Rosengarten, the opposing pair, should match them well today. Gates has hardly missed a game in three years, and is especially good under kicks.
The University will have one guard, Tripp, who is starting his first major contest, but last year's Freshman star, with Kilgour, should give the Crimson every bit as efficient guard play as that offered by Crago and Davis, who flank the Orange and Black center.
McMillan is Line Bulwark
Macomber will have his hands full with Captain McMillan of Princeton, who has been one of the bulwarks of the Tiger line for the last two years. If need arises McMillan may be shifted to guard, in which case Bartell will be in the snapper back position.
Harvard has no back who can compare with Slagle, brilliant Tiger carrier who led the Nassau attack in the Stadium last year. Crosby, scrappy Crimson Sophomore, is the nearest approach to Slagle in the Crimson backfield: each is a shifty runner and each weighs 158 pounds. Slagle, however, is a fine forward, passer, and Captain Cheek is met by a worthy rival in this feature of the game.
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