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.


U Sports Last Week
Oct. 10
Guelph 27 Queen’s 24 (OT)
Laurier 53 Waterloo 50 (OT)
Oct. 11
Carleton 35 McMaster 30
Acadia 44 StFX 25
York 34 Toronto 14
Ottawa 54 Windsor 26
Bishop’s 23 Saint Mary’s 15
Oct. 12
Laval 39 McGill 3
Sherbrooke 23 Montreal 15
U Sports This Week
Oct. 18
Carleton (3-4) at Laurier (4-3), 11 a.m.
Oct. 19
Saint Mary’s (3-3) at Acadia (6-0), 1 p.m.
Ottawa (5-2) at Western (7-0), 1 p.m.
Waterloo (4-3) at McMaster (5-2), 1 p.m.
Guelph (5-2) at Toronto (2-5), 1 p.m.
York (1-6) at Queen’s (2-5), 1 p.m.
Bishop’s (4-3) at Mount Allison (2-4), 2 p.m.
Regina (1-5) at Alberta (4-2), 3 p.m.
Calgary (5-1) at Manitoba (3-3), 3 p.m.
Concordia (1-5) at Sherbrooke (2-4), 4 p.m.
Saskatchewan (4-2) at UBC (1-5), 6 p.m.
Oct. 19
Montreal (6-1) at Laval (5-1), 1 p.m.