Early on I debated whether or not I wanted to drive to Ottawa and Windsor on consecutive weekends, but my wife was persuasive. She and I will heading down to the border city tomorrow morning in order to watch the game.
The University of Windsor’s Alumni Field stadium isn’t large but it is one of the nicer ones in the OUA.
Another thing I look forward to is seeing Al and Betty Nesbitt. I’m counting on the always supportive parents to be there. Their son and former Gryphon captain Matt Nesbitt is in his first season as the Lancers offensive coordinator.
This is a critical game for the Gryphons. A loss to the Lancers would kill most of the remaining optimism for this season. I just don’t see that happening. As I said last week, the Gryphons are younger than expected but very talented. It’s only a matter of time before they put it all together to use a cliche.
Guelph has 8 new starter on defense with two of the 4 veterans playing new positions. On offense the team has been playing with half a dozen new starters. Receiver Kian Shaffer-Baker will make his first start of 2018 this week after seeing his first action in Ottawa. His one-handed catch made TSN Sport Centre’s Top 10: Must See Moments as the #1 highlight of the past week.
Lost on the defensive side is starting safety Dotun Aketepe. He will be replaced by freshman Brendan Murphy who moves from the boundary half and is replaced there by Jason Richards. I am not sure if he will be dressed but I’m happy to see DT Dewan Soyer’s name on the 55-man roster. He would be seeing his first action since 2016 if he plays
Previews and Related links
Lancers.ca – for the second year in a row, the Windsor website does not appear to have a preview of the game but here is their recap of their loss last week to York.
Gryphons.ca – Gryphons head to Windosr for Week 4 matchup
“Our offence is building chemistry, which is allowing us to make big plays,” said Fraser, who feels the unit will be tough to handle going forward. “Every week in practice, the intensity is getting higher. I feel like being 1-2 (record wise) is fueling us to achieve greatness for the rest of the season.”
I really hope that Zeph Fraser is right. It does make some sense. The offensive unit does have significant talent, which gives them the potential to be very good.
“Our defence has played teams tough so far through the first three games,” said Galloway. “I look for them to continue to give opponents trouble.”
There is truth there. The D has been good. What I’d like to see is fewer passing yards being given up because we haven’t faced one of the OUA’s top offensive teams yet.
OUA.ca – 55-man rosters and depth charts
I count 15 true freshmen on the Gryphon 55-man roster, 5 are them [DB Brendan Murphy, LB Uriel Kalenga, DE Tavuis Robinson, DT Jeremy Kapelinski and RB Kwame Osei] are listed as starters for tomorrow’s game. Two others [OT Liam Lapointe and WR Kiondre Smith] have started in previous games.
Recent series History
Guelph is 9-2 against Windsor since 2007. The losses were in 2011 and 2016. Those two losses correspond with low points for the Gryphons in the past decade. Guelph was 2-6 in 2011 and 3-5 in 2016. It would be a really bad sign for 2018 if Windsor were to win tomorrow.
2017 – 82-10 Guelph
2016 – 33-29 Windsor
2015 – 41-27 Guelph
2014 – 24-9 Guelph
2013 – 31-21 Guelph [Q-Final playoff game]
2013 – 24-23 Guelph
2012 – 28-9 Guelph
2011 – 41-21 Windsor
2010 – 41-14 Guelph
2009 – did not play
2008 – 34-8 Guelph
2007 – 36-10 Guelph
TV: local cable? I’m not sure.