HARVARD FOOTBALL TEAM, 1908
The Ivy League teams were the powerhouses of football. College football began with Harvard-Yale game of 1894. The two colleges, with privileged students from influential East Coast families, had the longest athletic rivalry in the country.
In the 1908 college football season, two teams emerged unbeaten and as the national champions: the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. Yale, Cornell and Dartmouth were close behind, with one loss each. Although Carlisle tied Penn 6-6, thanks to two field goals from Jim Thorpe, the Indians lost to Harvard 17-0 and ended their season 10-2-1.
Carlisle Indian School's student enrollment was small compared to the Ivy League schools'. The total number of players on a Carlisle team, including subs and replacements, was a fraction of what the big schools could put on the field.