Football Gryphs drop a spot in national rankings
GUELPH – Last week’s overtime win over the Queen’s Gaels knocked the Guelph Gryphons down one spot in the U Sports national football rankings.
The Gryphs (5-2) are ranked sixth this week.
The undefeated Western Mustangs (7-0) head the rankings and are followed by the Laval Rouge et Or (5-1), Saskatchewan Huskies (4-2), Calgary Dinos (5-1) Montreal Citadins (6-1), Acadia Axemen (6-0), Ottawa Gee-Gees (5-2), McMaster Marauders (5-2) and Laurier Golden Hawks (4-3).
Honourary mentions are the Waterloo Warriors (4-3), Alberta Golden Bears (4-2), Mount Allison Mounties (2-4), Bishop’s Gaiters (4-3) and Carleton Ravens (3-4).
The Gryphs are to complete their regular season Saturday with a game against the Toronto Varsity Blues (2-5) at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium. Toronto is coming off a 34-14 loss to the York Lions (1-6), the fourth consecutive loss for the Varsity Blues that knocked them out of the playoff race.
The Gryphs have qualified for the playoffs and are likely to get a home game. It is possible that the home game will be in the semifinals as it is possible that they can get a bye into the semifinals, but that depends on not being in a tie with just McMaster as the Marauders would win that tie-breaker thanks to their opening-game win at Alumni Stadium in August.
Among the other possibilities is a five-way tie for second between the Gryphs, McMaster, Ottawa, Waterloo and Laurier, all at 5-3. The OUA will have to go a long way down its tie-breaking rules to come up with a final ranking in that one.
Game time Saturday at Toronto is 1 p.m.