I can’t say that this Saturday’s game is particularly important in a tangible way for the Gryphons. They have already locked up 2nd place and a quarterfinal bye. The value of a victory over York would be mostly symbolic and psychological. I would hate for the Gryphons not to take it seriously. I believe they will. I don’t see this focused coaching staff, or their players, being willing to concede anything to York. Even with a few banged up guys sitting out Guelph has proven they have the quality depth to continue to compete. Even though John Rush and Iain Hutchison missed most of the second half versus Queen’s the defense didn’t miss a beat. Keeping the momentum of the past six weeks going heading into the playoffs is important. Not playing well or losing to York could have a hangover effect.
This past week the Lions defeated the University of Toronto 36-24. UofT game story: ARGO CUP RETURNS TO YORK AS LIONS DEFEAT BLUES. And from the York Football site’s preview of Saturday’s game, The Lions are riding a big wave of momentum thanks to a thrilling 36-24 victory over the rival Toronto Varsity Blues in the 43rd Red & Blue Bowl.
The series since 2007: Rather one-sided to say the least.
2011 – 51 – 2 Guelph
2010 – 26 – 2 Guelph
2009 – 66 – 8 Guelph
2008 – 48-2 Guelph
2007 – 47-7 Guelph
The 2012 version of the York Lions is the most competitive team they have fielded in more than half a decade. Their 2-5 record doesn’t fully reflect the improvement in competitiveness the Lions have shown. They have played in several other winnable games. The big difference is on offense where a couple of key additions have helped the Lions immensely.
Key players for York:
RB Kyle Exume – a former Bishop’s Gaiter, the 5th year player spent half of last season on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice roster. He is 10th in the CIS in rushing yards per game.
QB Myles Gibbon – transferred from Univ of South Alabama. He is 6th in the CIS in passing yards per game and 25th in rushing yards per game. In the OUA Gibbon is 2nd only to Kyle Quinlan in rushing yards among QBs.
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Kickoff is set for 1pm at York’s York Stadium. Fans can also watch the game live at ssncanada.ca
What the football experts are saying:
Canada Football Chat’s CIS week 8 odds: No. 5 Guelph (6-1) at York (2-5) Guelph -18
The CISblog’s week 8 point-spreads: Guelph at York (+13)