♦ The Weather Network is forecasting decent weather for Saturday. It won’t be as warm as the last few days but with no rain called for, it should be a nice day for playoff football.
Sat Nov 7
A mix of sun and clouds
♦ Tickets for Saturday’s OUA Semi-final at Alumni Stadium can be purchased online at gryphons.ca/tickets or in person at the Client Services desk of the W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre.
♦ The people at CanadaFootballChat.com have made playoff predictions for each of the CIS playoff games this weekend, including GUELPH 35 CARLETON 20 and WESTERN 46 LAURIER 24. The predictions are part of the CFC’s CIS playoff previews.
CFC staff correctly predicted Carleton’s win over Queen’s in the Quarter-final but theyare careful to make note of the fact that … Guelph is a much different beast than Queen’s. Ranked in the top five in most defensive categories the Gryphons have specialized in shutting down opposing offenses and should cause the Ravens offense a lot of problems.
Writing in a separate article former McGill head coach Clint Uttley goes the other way saying … I believe we will see the Ravens play the Mustangs in the OUA final with Western advancing to a National Semi-final.
♦ Check out the game preview from Gryphons.ca – Gryphons Host Ravens Saturday with Trip to Yates Cup on the Line. It seems to me that the communications people in the Athletic Department have improved their previews and game stories significantly over the past year or two. This preview is one of their best efforts. Glad to see how clearly they have broken down the game-related information, including sections for “Recent History” and “Broadcast Details”.
The actual “Game Preview” portion of the “preview” does a nice job of working in a lot of individual stats and their place in the record books. James Roberts, Jacob Scarfone, John Rush, Johnny Augustine and others have all reached some notable milestones.
♦ Gryphons.ca mentions James Roberts’ fine performance against Carleton [4 passing TDs, 0 INTs] two weeks ago and his strong showing in relief of Jazz Lindsey [3 passing TDs] in last year’s 51-26 OUA Semi-final win over Western. That reminded me of something I’ve thought about.
As a first-year starter Roberts has displayed some of the inconsistency you would expect from a young QB. That would include a 5-interception game [York] and a 3-interception game [Queen’s]. Those two games account for 8 of his 10 INTs for the season. What is key is that he has had ZERO interceptions, and has generally performed very well, in the wins over the three Top 10 ranked teams the Gryphons have faced. The Gryphons are only going to face Top 10 teams from this point forward. So, if Roberts can continue to perform that way this team is in a strong position to make a nice playoff run.
When I say that, I’m acknowledging what would generally seem to be consensus of opinion about this team – i.e. it is the offense which is the weak link. That shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that the unit had to replace some very key players [All Stars & multi-year starters] like Jazz Lindsey, Rob Farquharson and Alex Charette. While it may have looked a little ugly at times during the season, James Roberts – and Johnny Augustine and Jacob Scarfone – has stepped up, grown and performed.
♦ The playoff edition of Krown Countdown U – Episode 11 – 2015 …
♦ More player interviews with Taylor Redmond …