Week 5 preview – Windsor Lancers

This Windsor team is one of the OUA’s surprises in 2011.  Off to a 3-1 start under interim Head Coach Joe D’Amore, they’re looking to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2006.  That is the last time Guelph missed the playoffs.

They might be a surprise team but they are not a young team.  Particularly not on defence, where all of the team’s top ten tacklers are third or fourth year players.  And they do have some new faces that are not teenage recruits.  Starting running back Shomari Grant (#2), a transfer from a U.S. Junior College, is one of them.  Windsor’s other offensive threats are senior WRs Jordan Brescacin (#19) and Cory Fernandes (#14).

For the second year in a row the Gryphons will face backup QB Austin Kennedy.  But it seems a little inappropriate to call him a backup when he’s started 3/4 of the Lancer games the past two seasons.  Kennedy will definitely be the more experienced QB in this game with the Gryphons announcing that freshmen Jazz Lindsey will get the first start of his college career.

I asked Justin Dunk what he thought about starting Lindsey and how it compared to his situation as a freshman in 2005.  He agreed with the idea of giving Jazz a shot but pointed out that he was working with a more veteran team in 2005 compared with this year’s young Gryphon squad.

From the Windsor website here is the game story on last week’s 37-13 victory over Waterloo.  Also, the game preview from gryphons.ca.

Last five games vs Windsor:

2010    41-14  Guelph
2008   34-8   Guelph
2007   36-10   Guelph
2006   13-23   Windsor
2005   22-19   Guelph

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From the cisblog.ca – CIS Pick’Em – Week 5

Guelph @ Windsor (Oct. 1; 7pm)
Despite the records, these two teams are more closely-matched then one would think. At 3-1 Windsor has looked like a contender while Guelph has struggled with a reversed 1-3 record. Bottom line: Guelph has a lot to prove this week after having a strong first half against McMaster and unravelling in the second half. A Windsor win all but guarantees them 5+ wins (they play York on Oct. 22) and a trip to the post season. This game is close… but if Guelph can put together a full 60 minutes they are the team to beat.
Grobe’s pick: Guelph 31-22
 
Check out Justin Dunk’s OUA predictions at thescore.ca

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