On Saturday against the Golden Gaels the Gryphons will be looking to extend their win streak to 6 games. It will also be a battle for second place in the OUA with the winner getting a bye to the semi-finals. As much as I want the Gryphons to win, I’m not sure I really want a bye week. As I’ve said before, this is a young team learning to win. Having to play a quarter-final game then travel to Kingston for a re-match with the Gaels wouldn’t be a terrible thing for the program. Of course, how could anyone complain if we do finish second and host the semi-final. On second thought, I would definitely prefer to meet the Gaels on our new turf field than play on their grass.
This past Saturday Queen’s defeated Windsor 24-7. They used a very strong defensive effort to throttle the Lancers. Plenty of details are contained in this game story from the Kingston Whig-Standard.
Record since 2007: The Gryphons are 1-3 against the Golden Gaels over the past 5 years. During that time Queen’s has won the 2009 Vanier Cup and recorded a perfect 8-0 regular season in 2008. As much as it hurts to remember, the 2009 Labour Day game was one of the best games I have seen in the past five years. Maybe THE best game. In the archives of gryphons.ca you will find this summary of the 2009 game.
2011 – did not meet
2010 – 21-15 Guelph
2009 – 52-49 Queen’s
2008 – 41-30 Queen’s
2007 – 26-14 Queen’s
How the numbers match up: Besides having identical 5-1 records, the two teams are closely ranked in several CIS statistical categories. On offense Queen’s is ranked #11 in total yards per game followed by Guelph at #12. On Defense, in terms of yards allowed per game, Queen’s is again #11 and Guelph #12. While the teams are very close in scoring offense 30.7 (Qu) and 29.8 ppg, Queen’s does have a significant advantage in points differential. The Golden Gaels have scored 79 more points than they have given up. As a result of the game 1 blowout loss and closer margins of victory Guelph has only outscored opponents by 16.
Key Players for the Gaels:
QB Billy McPhee – 118/191 61.8% 1478 yards (10th in CIS) 6 TDs 5 INTs
RB Ryan Granberg – 131 carries 780 yards (2nd in CIS) 130 yds/game
REC J Chapdelaine – 33 catches 499 yards (11th in CIS) 4 TDs
REC G Aprile – 25 catches 397 yards (15th in CIS) 2 TDs
LB Sam Sabourin – 31 solo tackles 13 assists 3 sacks 8 TFLs
DE Derek Wiggan – 21 solo tackles 12 assists 4.5 sacks 5 TFLs
SSN.ca will provide a live webcast. I assume that gryphons.ca will again provide live stats.