Upsets in the OUA Quarter-finals change things

Carlton Ravens win at Queen's  Photo: Steph Crosier/Kingston Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

Carlton Ravens advance to OUA Semi-final in Guelph with win at Queen’s
Photo: Steph Crosier/Kingston Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

The OUA Q-finals pitted #3 McMaster against #6 Laurier, and #4 Queen’s against #5 Carleton. The higher ranked teams – McMaster & Queen’s – hosted the games. But a funny thing happened. The #5 and #6 ranked teams both won. I’m guessing that hasn’t happened since Guelph and Western accomplished that in 2007.

I thought it was a pretty safe bet that the McMaster Marauders would be the Gryphons opponent in this Saturday’s OUA Semi-final game at Alumni Stadium. I was so sure that Mac was the superior team that I tweeted this:

Guelph’s opponent on Saturday will be the 5-3 Carleton Ravens. The #5 ranked Ravens avenged one of their regular season losses with a 39-8 victory in Kingston over Queen’s. Meanwhile the Laurier team I underestimated, a 29-15 winner at Mac, heads to London to face Western Ontario.

Links to stories on Q-final games:

KW Record: Monster mash at McMaster: Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks roll to OUA football playoff win

Ottawa Sun: Ravens advance to Yates semifinal

Claude Scilley’s sportkingston blog: Gaels bow meekly from playoffs and Laurier upsets McMaster, advances to OUA semifinals

LaurierAthletics.com: MFOOT haunts Marauders to advance to OUA SF

Marauders.ca: McMaster’s football season ends with upset loss to Laurier

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2 Responses to Upsets in the OUA Quarter-finals change things

  1. Birddawg says:

    It’s loser goes home time now. Guelph was surprized once already this year, and this years team tends to ease up in the second half. I hope to see 60 minutes of football, and a dominant performance that sends a message – a message that says the Gryphons will win this year. Let’s get ‘er done boys!

  2. Mark says:

    I agree with Birddawg, play a focused 60 minutes because anyone can be beat if they take their opposition lightly. Can’t wait to cheer on the Gryphs on Saturday. Let’s pack the house and make some noise! We the fans need to be the 13th man, making it so loud when the Ravens are on offence their players can’t hear the snap count & go offside and disrupt the Ravens timing & rhythm.

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