The Mitchell Bowl activities got underway in Guelph today with a press conference.
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The first Mitchell Bowl preview I’ve seen was on CIS.ca
today Wednesday. [Ya, I know I’m slow.] Lots of background info! I assumed the Carabins and Gryphons had met before since they were briefly in the same conference. Here are some of the details of previous meetings …
… The first official Montreal-Guelph tilt since 1967, when the original incarnation of the Carabins were competing alongside the Gryphons in the Central Canada Intercollegiate Football Conference. In the only two previous official meetings between the two programs, the visiting team prevailed on both occasions, Guelph by a 35-20 score line in 1966 and Montreal by 13-8 the following season.
Thanks to the Edmonton Eskimos connection between Maciocia and Guelph counterpart Stu Lang, the two schools did renew their rivalry last fall in preseason action, with the Carabins winning 38-10 on home soil.
“We’re about to face a very good opponent, a well-balanced team on offence that is also led on defence by one of the best linebackers in the country,” said Maciocia, whose own arsenal includes fifth-year Vanier Cup-winning quarterback Gabriel Cousineau, standout running back Sean Thomas Erlington who rushed for 199 yards in the Dunsmore Cup final, as well as the top run defence in the nation (93.5 yards per game). “They are extremely well coached by a veteran group, a number of whom starred as players at the professional level. We expect a physical game and we’ll have to play to our full potential in order to advance.”
The linebacker Maciocia referred to is none other than John Rush, a fifth-year senior from Niagara Falls, Ont., who was named MVP of the Yates Cup following a monstrous 12-tackle, three-sack performance in a 23-17 upset win over record-setting Western in London. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound veteran, who was also voted the OUA defensive player of the year this season, anchored a defensive unit that held the highest-scoring team in CIS football history to three points in the final 36 minutes of the contest.
Guelph’s return to the CIS Final Four had been a long time coming. The Gryphons are the winningest team in the OUA over the past four years with four straight 7-1 regular seasons but had lost two of the past three Yates Cup matches before finally breaking through last weekend.
More from CIS.ca …
UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL CARABINS (RSEQ champions)
2015 season summary
Overall record: 8-2
Regular season record: 6-2
Regular season standing: 2nd
Playoff record: 2-0
Top 10 final ranking (Nov. 3): No. 4
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (poll #1)
Top 10 lowest ranking: No. 4 (8 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (10 polls): 10
Regular season offence points (29.0 ppg): 3rd RSEQ / 14th CIS
Regular season offence total yards (395.4 ypg): 4th RSEQ / 17th CIS
Regular season offence passing (245.6 ypg): 5th RSEQ / 18th CIS
Regular season offence rushing (149.8 ypg): 2nd RSEQ / 13th CIS
Regular season defence points (13.6 ppg): 2nd RSEQ / 2nd CIS
Regular season defence total yards (332.1 ypg): 1st RSEQ / 3rd CIS
Regular season defence passing (238.6 ypg): 2nd RSEQ / 7th CIS
Regular season defence rushing (93.5 ypg): 1st RSEQ / 1st CIS
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Loads of Links
Guelph Mercury stories …
Gryphons veterans preparing for their final home game. Rob Massey talks with the four 5th year seniors on the team.
Gryphon Guelphites excited to host Mitchell Bowl. Guelph natives James Ingram and Nick Parisotto share their feelings and expectations of the Mitchell Bowl.
Gryphs slip into something comfortable for Mitchell Bowl Some speculation about what uniforms the Gryphons may wear tomorrow.
Gryphs look back for knowledge on Carabins. A look at the unexpected benefits of having played the Carabins in an August 2014 exhibition game.
Gryphons.ca – Mitchell Bowl PREVIEW
Carabins.umontreal.ca – Les Carabins en quête de la Coupe Mitchell à Guelph
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This week’s episode of Krown Countdown U [Episode 13] is out today. It covers the Yates Cup and the other 3 Conference championships. Later in the show, analysis and predictions on the two national semi-final bowl games.