The surprising Carleton Ravens will travel to Guelph for this Saturday’s Yates Cup Semi-final game. It will be a rematch of the game played two weeks ago in Ottawa. The Gryphons downed the Ravens 44-12 in that matchup but I wouldn’t read too much into that. It was pretty obvious that Carleton did not play up to it’s potential in the first meeting. Take away the 4 or 5 turnovers the Ravens had and that makes it a much closer game.
But the biggest difference … this is a playoff game. Regardless of previous results, the winner goes on to the Yates Cup and the loser goes nowhere.
The game will kickoff at 1pm and be broadcast not only on OUA.tv but on CHCH TV. Former Gryphon QB Justin Dunk will be part of the CHCH broadcast crew.
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As always, the Parents-of-Players will be tailgating in Lot P19 which is on the north side of College Ave E across from Alumni Stadium’s scoreboard. The Friends of Gryphon Football are also planning to tailgate in P19 and invite all football alumni, family and friends to join them there. I’ve heard that 3-time Chili Bowl champion Dan Crabbe will be bringing his award winning chili and his trophy.
Both groups will be set up and tailgating by 10:30 a.m.. You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding either group. Just follow the good smells. The P-o-P group are always distinguishable by the large motor-home and their spectactular barbecue. FoGF will have their new tent in place (as pictured above). There are even rumours of a drum-line making an appearance at the FoGF event.
The University’s Alumni Office have some plans of their own:
Myself, I plan to get there early and check out the tailgate parties, then head over to the GryFan Zone at the top of the Hill. The view from the GryFan Zone is great and the price of admission this week to the licensed area is only a general admission ticket – $25. There is no surcharge. Student & youth tickets are just $10. Children 6 and under are free. You can buy your tickets online via the Gryphon Box Office.
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It is nice that there are viewing options to watch the game if you can’t make it to the game. This game will be the first OUA game broadcast on television, aside from local cable, since the 2013 Yates Cup. Next week’s 2015 Yates Cup game will also be shown on CHCH TV. That’s definitely progress but I’m not going to get too excited until we see some sort of weekly broadcast of regular season OUA games.
With CHCH only showing one of the semi-finals I’m happy to see it is the Guelph-Carleton game. I have to wonder if that decision hadn’t been made assuming McMaster was going to be our opponent. With two upsets in the quarter-finals I wonder if the Western-Laurier game isn’t the more appealing of the two match-ups now. Both games will be available online via OUA.tv. Both the WLU Golden Hawks and the Carleton Ravens are ranked in the latest FRC-CIS Top 10 poll. Guelph remains #5.
FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#10)
Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Calgary (8-0) 296 (26) 1
2. Western (8-0) 270 (4) 2
3. Laval (7-1) 238 3
4. Montreal (6-2) 216 4
5. Guelph (7-1) 170 5
6. UBC (6-2) 134 9
7. Sherbrooke (5-3) 126 7
8. Manitoba (5-3) 76 8
9. Laurier (4-4 / 1-0) 51 NR
10. Carleton (5-3 / 1-0) 43 10
Other teams receiving votes: Concordia (17), McMaster (9), Mount Allison (4), StFX (2).