Game 8 Preview: York at Guelph

Ingram TD vs York

James Ingram stretches out for a TD reception last year at York  Photo: Gryphons.ca

I don’t recall in the past decade a game with York that has as much significance as this game. Both teams come in tied with 2-5 records [who would have ever thought that was possible] and have a shot at the 6th and final playoff spot. They need to win this game and rely on the favoured Ottawa Gee-Gees and Laurier Golden Hawks to win their games.

York has lost 4 straight games including a 68-2 blowout last week. It is the same for the Gryphons – i.e. 4 straight losses – but Guelph played a decent game last week in a close loss to Laurier.

york lions logo

This game is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness! Game with its Think Pink theme. The weather forecast is for a cool and cloudy autumn afternoon without any rain expected.

Game previews & related links:

Gryphons.ca: Gryphons Battle for Playoff Lives

YorkULions.ca: LIONS FACE GRYPHONS WITH PLAYOFF SPOT ON THE LINE

The two teams enter the contest with matching 2-5 records and will be looking for an important third victory that could secure the sixth and final playoff spot in the OUA. Both squads also need the No. 9 nationally-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees to defeat the Queen’s Gaels and the No. 7 Laurier Golden Hawks to knock off the Windsor Lancers in order to clinch the post-season berth.

OUA.ca: 55-Man Rosters & Depth Charts

OUA.ca: 2016 playoff scenarios heading into final weekend

My Take: This game won’t provide any of the drama that the story line might indicate. Yes, both teams share the same record. And yes, a win could propel either team into the playoffs. But these teams are far from equal. I expect the Gryphons to win by 20+ points.

Hopefully York does make it a contest. It would be a good tune-up for the playoffs. But we saw when these teams scrimmaged in the Spring that there is a big disparity in talent. I look for this to be more of an opportunity for the Gryphons to “work on things”. I will be interested to see if OC Galloway sticks with the new twin backs set that he used almost exclusively against Laurier.

I really hope we see one or both of quarterbacks Theo Landers and Zach Buchan get into the game. Neither has received the playing time I would have liked them to this year. I don’t think they are in a position experience-wise where we could expect them to step right in and run the offense efficiently if James Roberts were to be injured.

I want to see the Gryphons dominate this game from the get-go which would make it possible for them to play everyone who is dressed.

The series since 2007: Rather one-sided to say the least. I don’t think that changes too much tomorrow.

2105 – 49 – 22 Guelph
2013 – 33 – 7  Guelph
2012 – 39 – 18  Guelph
2011 –  51 – 2  Guelph
2010 –  26 – 2  Guelph
2009 –  66 – 8  Guelph
2008 –  48-2  Guelph
2007 –  47-7  Guelph

Broadcast Options:

OUA.tv for streaming on-line.

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