OUA Morning Warmup: Quarter-Finals

It’s been a weird season in the OUA. Waterloo withdrew from OUA football for the season because of a steroid scandal. Toronto stepped up and lost out on a playoff spot on a tiebreaker. The defending Vanier Cup champion Queen’s Gaels got in the playoffs by winning that tiebreaker over Toronto. But all the drama of the regular season gives way to the drama of the OUA playoffs. Today, four teams do battle and only two will survive to see another week’s action.

#6 Queen’s Gaels (3-5) at #3 McMaster Marauders (6-2)

I think that the TV folks picked the wrong game to televise. I’m sure that they don’t want to spend any more time in Hamilton than they have to. Anyway, the first time these two teams met was in Week One and the Marauders scraped out the win by less than a score. Against the big squads, Queen’s has actually looked alright. They lost one score games to Guelph and Mac and pushed Ottawa to overtime. The problem with both teams is consistency. Just when you think that the Gaels are set to push back into the top half of the OUA, they lay an egg the next week. Mac has trouble putting forward 60 minute efforts as their games against Laurier, Ottawa and Toronto illustrate. Queen’s could catch the Marauders napping and move on to take on Ottawa in another interesting matchup. I think that Mac’s week off should help them sort out any issues they might have for this week at least.

Pregame Coverage:
Bring on the Playoffs (Kingston Whig-Standard)

TV: TVCogeco 13 (Kingston), Cable 14 (Hamilton)
Radio: CFRC 101.9 FM (Kingston), CHML 900 AM (Hamilton)

#5 Guelph Gryphons (4-4) at #4 Laurier Golden Hawks (4-4)

Denny Green gets a lot of love for his unintentional catchphrase “They are who we thought they were!” Can we all agree that the Gryphons are who we thought they were? In their regular season meeting, Laurier didn’t just beat Guelph but annihilated them. The only points that Guelph scored came when Laurier conceded a safety. Add to that the fact that Guelph hasn’t looked impressive at all this season. Their only reasonably convincing wins this season came over Windsor and York. Even Toronto gave them all they could handle. Their only respectable loss came against Western but the rest looked like Guelph didn’t even show up (including the Mac game where they closed the gap in the final quarter). I think everyone would be shocked if Guelph keeps it within a couple of scores at the end, let alone win the game. I know defense wins championships but offense still wins games. I haven’t much offense out of Guelph this season against a proper football team.

Pregame Coverage:
Football Gryphs on Road for Playoff Opener (Guelph Mercury)
Montoya Playing Blame Game, Not Football (Big Man on Campus)

TV: The Score
Online: Radio Laurier

CIS/OUA News and Notes

Just a reminder: The lowest remaining seed after today’s games will go to Ottawa to play the first seeded Gee-Gees in the early game. The remaining team will go to London to play the Western Mustangs in the day’s late game.

The latest round of CIS rankings came out on Tuesday. Laval is still on top of the polls to no one’s surprise. Western, despite the close call against Toronto, occupy the #2 spot which is obviously tops among OUA teams. Ottawa sits 4th despite losing to Toronto earlier in the year. McMaster is the third and final OUA squad in the CIS Top 10 at 7th.

And speaking of CIS Top Tens, Alberta leads the latest CIS men’s hockey poll. Western is the only Ontario team on that list in 6th place. Two Quebec-based OUA hockey teams made the list. McGill made the list at #2 while Concordia slotted in at 9th.

OUA Regular Season Standings
1. Ottawa Gee-Gees (7-1)
2. Western Mustangs (7-1)
3. McMaster Marauders (6-2)
4. Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks (4-4)
5. Guelph Gryphons (4-4)
6. Queen’s Gaels (3-5)
7. Toronto Varsity Blues (3-5)
8. Windsor Lancers (2-6)
9. York Lions (0-8)

Note: Information on broadcasters has been pulled from athletic department websites, the OUA website, and various articles read during the week. We make no guarantees over the completeness or accuracy of the listings.

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