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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields .,
The advance information on foot
ball games contained in "this column
Saturday wasn't worth a whoop. But
we had the company of all the admit
ted experts who dope the gridiron
sport. None of them were' selecting
Chicago to down Illinois, and we did
not hear any predictions that Minne
sota would run up 54 points against
Wisconsin while holding the Badgers
And if the upsets of this part of
the country are not enough, turn
your eye eastward anaSnotice Tale
heating Princeton 10 to 0, when the
Tiger was figured to at last down the
Blue. Also observe.the comparative
ly easy manner in which Brown, beat
Harvard. Intersectionally, Pennsyl
vania upset the program by whipping
Michigan. Farther west, Kansas
edged out Nebraska for the first time
in seven years, every bit of pre
game information pointing to an
other victory for the Cornhuskers.
Northwestern and Ohio kept their
slates clear by defeating Purdue and
Case, respectively, and will fight for
the Conference championship at Co
lumbus next Saturday. The winner
will get the honor because of an un
blemished record, and this has been
the basis for awarding credit in the
But,-'despite comparative scores
and the results of Conference games,
there are few critics ia this part of
xthe country who will rate either of
these teams above' Minnesota. Min
nesota was beaten by Illinois, Illinois
was beaten by Ohio, Illinois was beat
en by Chicago, Chicago was beaten
by Northwestern, Ohio State beat
Wisconsin by a single point, and Min
nesota beat the Badgers 54 to 0.
Can you imagine a more scrambled
' condition than that? The -results
'themselves leave Ohio, and North
western clear, but for power Minne
sota holds the van. The defeat of
the Gophers by Illinois is something
that cannot be explained. ' Zupke's ,
eleven had no license to down the
Gophers and probably couldn't do it
again. But the game is played only
once and the result stands.
This is not Intended to detract
from the showing of Ohio and North
western. Minnesota was not on the
schedule of either, but each-has done
all that was asked of it Ohio .put it
over Illinois and Wisconsin, and
Northwestern smeared Chicago.
As they stand now, Northwestern
should defeat Ohio next Saturday.
The Buckeyes have a marvelous open
field runner in Harley, but the Purple
boasts more men who are adept at
advancing the ball. Northwestern
hag six backs who can be depended
on, and this reserve material should
cut an important figure.
But if the dope runs as it has re
cently, the score will be about a hun
dred to nothing in favor of Ohio.
Simply because Purple ha what ap
pears to be the better team.
Princeton showed a fine defense in
its final gamerf the season, but its
attack was nil. Fumbles were costly
and put Yale in position to score its
field goaT and touchdqwn, for the
Blue also had a punk attack. ,Le
Gore crossed the Tiger goal for the
first Yale touchdown in six years.
Harvard will say it doesn't mind
being beaten by Brown,, for second
string men were useiin the majority
of positions. That is an old alibi of
eastern so-called "big" elevens, and
one that,the fans seem to take se
riously. They never seem to see the
ridiculous position the blg" fellows
Harvard, Yale 'and Princeton set
themselves on a pinnacle, and say 'Tf
we're licked by any of you little fel
lows, it doesn't count, because we
aren't trying, we have our fttiKws.

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