Football Gryphs hoping for wins for Laurier and Ottawa
GUELPH — The Guelph Gryphons will be cheering for the Laurier Golden Hawks and Ottawa Gee-Gees in Saturday’s OUA football league play Saturday.
Three teams head into the final weekend of the league’s regular season with a shot at securing the final playoff berth. The Queen’s Gaels, Gryphs and Windsor Lancers each have a chance to join Laurier, Western Mustangs, McMaster Marauders, Ottawa and Carleton Ravens in the playoffs.
At 3-4, Queen’s is in the driver’s seat while the Gryphs and Windsor are each at 2-5.
The York Lions can also finish at 3-4, but they lose out on all tie-breakers.
The Gryphs host York Saturday while Queen’s hosts Ottawa and Windsor hosts Laurier. Each match has a 1 p.m. game time.
The only way the Gryphs can qualify for the playoffs is if they beat York, Ottawa beats Queen’s and Laurier beats Windsor.
If Queen’s defeats Ottawa, the Gaels are in the playoffs.
If the Gryphs beat York and finish in a two-way tie with Queen’s, the Gryphs will qualify for the playoffs thanks to their 38-29 win over the Gaels Sept. 10 at Alumni Stadium.
If the Gryphs beat York, but Windsor beats Laurier to create a three-way tie between Queen’s, Guelph and Windsor, then Queen’s will get the playoff berth thanks to their 55-5 win over Windsor last weekend. While Windsor beat Guelph 33-29 at Windsor on Labour Day, the tie would be broken by the difference in the scores. The win by Queen’s over Windsor would be considered a win by 33 points, the maximum gap allowed by OUA rules in tie-breaker consideration. That would give Queen’s a +24 in games involving the tied teams while the Gryphs would be at +5 and Windsor at -29.
If Queen’s and Windsor finish in a two-way tie for the final playoff berth, the Gaels would get the nod thanks to last weekend’s win.
If York finishes in a tie for the final playoff berth, the tie would be broken through the tied teams’ records against common opponents as the Lions and Gaels didn’t play each other this year.
If it’s Queen’s and York are in a two-way tie, the Gaels would win the tie-breaker thanks to a 3-4 record against common opponents Laurier, Guelph, Toronto Varsity Blues, Waterloo Warriors, McMaster, Windsor and Ottawa. The Lions would be 2-5.
If Queen’s, York and Windsor finish in a three-way tie, the Lancers win the tie-breaker with a 3-1 record against common opponents Laurier, Guelph, Toronto and Ottawa. Both Queen’s and York would be at 1-3.
Exactly who the team securing the final playoff berth meets in the quarter-finals will also likely need to be determined by the tie-breaker format thanks to the logjam at the top of the standings.
Heading into the final weekend, Laurier, Western and McMaster are tied at 6-1 and Ottawa and Carleton are tied at 5-2.
Top two teams get byes in the quarter-finals while the third-place team hosts the sixth-place team and the fourth-place team hosts the fifth-place team.
Either Western or McMaster will get one of the byes as they meet on Saturday. If Laurier beats Windsor, the Golden Hawks get the other bye.
Saturday’s other game pits Carleton against the Warriors at Waterloo.
- Guelph Sports Journal