Both teams are coming off losses. The difference is Queen’s most recent loss was back on Aug 28. Guelph’s loss was on Monday. The Golden Gaels have a large bye-week advantage – 12 days to prepare versus 4 days for the Gryphons.
In their Week 1 game Queen’s led Laurier for most of the game, before falling in the 4th Q on the road. On the other hand the 1-1 Gryphons were the victims of an upset in Windsor on Labour Day.
Oops! Did I say upset? That brings us back to Guelph’s last meeting with the Golden Gaels.
The Gryphons fell to Queen’s in a stunning upset – 23-15. No one saw it coming. In terms of upsets, it would likely be the biggest in the OUA since Carleton beat Ottawa last year, or possibly, since the Gryphons wins over the Golden Gaels in 2012.
This game tomorrow brings together the only two upset losses the Gryphons have suffered in five seasons. If Guelph isn’t motivated to respond with a serious effort for a bounce-back win I will be surprised and disappointed. The Golden Gaels had that type of motivation last year after the 66-0 whitewash the year before.
And when was the last time Guelph actually lost 2 games in a row? It was the 2-6 season in 2011.
Game previews & related links
Gryphons.ca: Gryphons Return Home for Week 3 Battle with Queen’s
Saturday’s game will be on that has been circled on the calendar for some time for Gryphons defensive lineman Corey Flude. Flude transferred from the Gaels and has earned a starting spot with the Gryphons in this his first season in the red, black and gold.
GoGaelsGo.com: Gaels at No.10 Guelph Saturday
In a rematch of last year’s upset, Queen’s (0-1) heads to Guelph this weekend … In October of 2015, the Gaels topped a No.5 ranked Gryphons team 23-15 at Richardson Stadium and set a new Gaels record on a 108-yard touchdown reception from Nate Hobbs (Mississauga, Ont.) to Matteo Del Brocco (Leamington, Ont.).
Kingston Whig-Standard: Gaels in the mood for a victory
Neither team will be hitting the field in a good mood considering both are coming off losses.
Gryphon Team App: Donnie Egerter says Team First
While the Gryphons won the OUA Yates Cup championship and have lost linebackers John Rush and Curtis Newton off that team, Egerter doesn’t feel Guelph’s defence has taken a step back.
“I would say we’re the same or better,” he said. “I know we lost a couple of key guys, but (last year’s) second strings, third-string guys have stepped up. We have a lot of depth. There’s no drop off from second to third strings, which is nice.”
There is lots of encouraging news when I take a look at the 55 players who will dress tomorrow. Johnny Augustine, Eric Starczala and Derek Drouillard will play after missing the game on Monday. In the lineup for the first time this season will be veterans OT Jaylan Guthrie, DB Royce Metchie, DT Greg Corfield and RB Brandon Gordon, plus freshmen, or redshirt freshmen, WR Keysean Powell, RB Patrick Pierre and LB Aidan England.
Check the depth chart and you will see several position changes as well.
Recent series History: The Gryphons are 4-6 against the Golden Gaels over the past 9 years. During that time Queen’s has won the 2009 Vanier Cup and recorded a perfect 8-0 regular season in 2008. Nothing in this recent history would lead you to expect the 2014 result. It was the worst defeat in more than 100 years of Golden Gaels football. Gaels got their revenge upsetting the undefeated and #5 ranked Gryphons in 2015.
2015 – 23-15 Queen’s
2014 – 66 – 0 Guelph
2013 – 34-17 Queen’s [Yates Cup semi-final]
2013 – 37-23 Queen’s
2012 – 42 -39 Guelph [Yates Cup semi-final]
2012 – 33-28 Guelph
2011 – did not meet
2010 – 21-15 Guelph
2009 – 52-49 Queen’s
2008 – 41-30 Queen’s
2007 – 26-14 Queen’s