Game 8 preview: Guelph @ Carleton Ravens

Carleton logoThe Ravens come into the game with a surprising 5-2 record and they have locked up a playoff berth. What is new for them this week is they are ranked in the CIS Top 10 at #10. This will be the third time this season the Gryphons have taken on a ranked team. Fourth time if you count the preseason game with Manitoba.

I’m making the trip to Ottawa to watch the game. In fact this post is going to be shorter than I would like because I’m about to hit the road. I’m looking forward to the game since this will be my first visit to Carleton’s MNP Park as I missed the 2013 game. That was the first Gryphon game I had missed since 2008.

The previews and related links:

Gryphons.ca: Playoff Positioning on the Line As Gryphons Visit Ravens in Season Finale

Guelph Mercury: Guelph Gryphons get early football ‘playoff’ contest

This is Carleton’s third season since its return to the league. They went 0-8 in 2013 and 4-4 in 2014, missing out on a playoff berth by losing a tie-breaker to the Laurier Golden Hawks for the sixth and final spot in the playoffs.

GoRavens.ca: Preview: Week 9 – Ravens vs. Guelph

A key factor in this battle will be the play of Guelph QB James Roberts, who can be deadly accurate (71% completions, 4 TDs v. Ottawa) or fatally inaccurate (57%, 3 INTs @ Queen’s), depending on the day.

My Take:

This should be a good game. Lots of motivation for both teams with the big impact the result could have on playoff positioning. A loss for the Gryphons would be a real setback but I’m not too worried about that happening. Even with some of the “inconsistencies” the Gryphons have had this season they are a better team than the third year Ravens.

I expect a solid effort from the Gryphons and look in particular for the defense to be a major factor in this game.

The series history since 2007: In actual fact there was no series

2014 – 44-22 Guelph
2013 – 48-12 Guelph

Broadcast Options:

Online streaming: OUA.tv – OUA.tv

 

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