NOW WE ARE ENGAGED IN A GREAT CIVIL WAR
Like the opening shot at Fort Sumter, the arrival of the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22 brings violent fraternal strife. The nation divides into its hostile enclaves—empires turbulent with internecine warfare but which frequently unite against the enemy across the border. The Pacific Coast and the Midwest launch early probing forays with the Minnesota Gopher raiding the kennel of the Washington Husky (1) on Sept. 29, the weekend before the USC Trojan invades the home of the Wisconsin Badger (3). The Stanford Indian, coveting the role of Defender of the Roses, must first (on Nov. 3) fend off the vengeful UCLA Bruin, who nurses the hurt of family indignities (2). In the Rocky Mountains, the immemorial battle (4) of Redskin (Utah) and Cowboy (Wyoming) is resumed on Oct. 20, and in the Southwest, on Nov. 3, the Southern Methodist strives single-mindedly with the Texas Long-horn (6), trusting the Rice Owl to defend the border on Oct. 6 against the LSU Tiger (7). As the campaigns progress, the Oklahoma Sooner careens into the dangerous Midwest on Oct. 27 to challenge the Fighting Irishman of Notre Dame (5); the Miami Hurricane (12) sweeps through once-peaceful northern campuses; and on Nov. 10 the Tennessee Volunteer prepares to swat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket (11). Duke's well-armed Blue Devil assumes the dangerous task (on Oct. 20) of destroying the wandering Panther from Pittsburgh (10) and, on Dec. 1, the Army prepares to repel Navy's all-out landing party (9). Heedless of this wilderness bloodshed the Yale Bulldog, Princeton Tiger and old John Harvard continue their ancient skirmish (8) around ivy-covered towers.