Most week’s I have included Canada Football Chat’s Odds for Guelph’s game. This week I’ve found two different lines.
CFC’s Week 7 Odds: No. 4 Queen’s (5-1) at No. 7 Guelph (5-1) Queen’s -6
The CISblog’s Week 7 point spreads lists the game this way: Queen’s at Guelph (+9)
Either way you look at it Queen’s is favoured. I have no problem understanding that. And I’m not bothered by that. After all, the Gryphons are 5-1 in spite of being favoured in only three games. Beating Queen’s would be a huge accomplishment and make it possible to finish with a 7-1 record. That’s something that even Gryphon fans only imagined in their wildest dreams. It would represent Guelph’s best regular season record in decades. The Gryphons have only ever won more games in a season if you include playoff victories. For example, I believe the 1984 Vanier Championship team had an overall record of 8-3.
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Given the importance of the game it’s no surprise that both the Guelph and Kingston papers are writing about it. The Mercury’s story – Gryphs fighting for a breather -focuses on the ranking and playoff implications of the game. Coach Lang is quoted with some insightful comments about the victory over Western in terms of the growth and development of the team, and the importance of the Queen’s game.
The Kingston Whig-Standard has a more lengthy article – Gryphons look familiar to Golden Gaels – that looks more at the game itself:
When the Queen’s Golden Gaels look at the Guelph Gryphons, they see a little bit of themselves.
“They’re young and inexperienced but they’re talented,” Gaels quarterback Billy McPhee said of his next opponents. “I kind of compare them to our team last year.
“They’ve probably won some games they shouldn’t have, where on paper it looks like it’s supposed to be one team (winning) and it turns out to be them (instead).”
Much as Queen’s last year emerged from a sub-.500 year in 2010 and two straight defeats to start the 2011 campaign to win seven in a row, the Gryphons were 2-6 last year and got hammered by McMaster in their opener this fall but have since rattled off five straight victories.
Some interesting comments from Queen’s Head Coach Pat Sheahan:
… Saturday’s game will be “a major test” for both teams.
“Both teams have really good defences. We have some challenges in that they have a very mobile quarterback, but I like to think we present a few challenges as well.”
Sheahan said you won’t see Gryphons quarterback Jazz Lindsey (.595 completion percentage, 1,258 yards passing) stand in the pocket. “A couple of seconds and he’s gone, he’s out of there. He can throw on the run.”
Offensive co-ordinator Todd Galloway is a product of the Wilfrid Laurier program, Sheahan noted, “so a lot of the movement you see from them would remind you of what Laurier did a few years ago.”
… Guelph is selective about how defends. He compared it favourably to what the Gaels faced at Windsor, where the Lancers seemed pre-occupied with bringing pressure on quarterback McPhee on every play.
“That won’t happen against Guelph,” said Sheahan. “They pick and choose when they take their chances. It will be a little bit of a chess game. They play a lot of sit-and-wait zones. We’ll have to be ready for what happens and be reactive.”
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Video from the 2010 Gryphon victory over the Gaels: