Multiple Choice Question: Tomorrow’s game is …
- Guelph’s Breast Cancer Awareness Game
- the OUA’s Marquee Matchup of the Week
- the Gryphon’s final regular season game at home
- a very important game with playoff seeding implications
- a matchup of USports Top 10 teams
Answer: All of the above
The University of Guelph and Gryphon Football program don’t just give lip service to Breast Cancer Awareness aspect of the game. They took it seriously.
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Laurier is already guaranteed a playoff spot. Guelph could lose tomorrow and still make the playoffs by beating Carleton next week.
On the other hand, a Guelph victory could possibly set up a scenario where the two teams would finish he season tied with 5-3 records.
I don’t believe Guelph has a chance to host a playoff game without winning this game.
Game Previews & related links
Gryphons.ca: Gryphons vs Laurier Week 7
The Golden Hawks can put up points, averaging 42.3 points across six games, second in the OUA to only Western (45.3).
“They have playmakers all over the field and an ability to score throwing the ball deep, throwing the ball short, running the football,” MacNeill said. “Their players can take it to the house from anywhere. The challenge is to prevent the big plays and make sure that we’re not putting ourselves in a position where they can get on you quick.”
Laurier Athletics: Golden Hawks take on Guelph
Laurier and Guelph have two of the highest scoring offences in the country. The Golden Hawks sit third in U Sports scoring 42.3 points per game, while the Gryphons are fourth averaging 40.2 points per game.
OUA.ca: 55-Man Rosters for Week 8
Most notable thing here is that QB James Roberts is not listed on the 55-man roster for the game. The next most significant thing would be the inclusion of Alain Cimankinda on the game roster. Cimankinda did not play two weeks ago at Waterloo. If his ankle is 100% healthy that is a big deal for the Gryphons
Recent series history:
There have been a lot of close games in this series over the last decade. The Gryphons had built a nice little winning streak with 4 consecutive victories before last year’s loss. The Hawks held the upper hand for the decade prior to that. Laurier leads the series with a record of 42-17-0 against Guelph dating back to 1963.
2016 – 27-25 WLU
2015 – 30-19 Guelph
2014 – 41-36 Guelph
2013 – 21-7 Guelph
2012 – 22-19 Guelph
2011 – 15-10 WLU
2010 – WLU wins Q-final
2010 – 36-2 WLU
2009 – 21-14 WLU
2008 – 15-13 WLU
2007 – 38-31 Guelph wins OUA semi-final
2007 – 37-27 WLU
TV: Live on Rogers Cable 20 (for viewers in Waterloo Region, Guelph, Brantford & Stratford)