Gryphons in top 10 in football, men’s soccer

GUELPH – A pair of Guelph Gryphons teams are ranked in the top 10 of their respective sports in the first U Sports top 10 rankings of the 2018-19 school year.

The Gryphons are ranked eighth in the country in football despite their opening-game loss to the McMaster Marauders. McMaster is ranked seventh.

The Western Mustangs are the top-ranked team in the country while the Laval Rouge et Or is ranked second and the Montreal Carabins third. Rounding out the top 10 are the Laurier Golden Hawks fourth, Calgary Dinos fifth, UBC Thunderbirds sixth, Queen’s Gaels ninth and Regina Rams 10th.

The Gryphs are to host the unranked York Lions Monday at 1 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

Guelph is ranked sixth in men’s soccer following their win and tie on the opening weekend of the OUA season. Cape Breton Capers are ranked first while the York Lions are second and Montreal Carabins third. Following are the Ryerson Rams in fourth, Carleton Ravens in fifth, UBC Thunderbirds seventh, Trinity Western Spartans eighth, McMaster Marauders ninth and Toronto Varsity Blues 10th.

The Gryphs are to play the York Lions at York Wednesday night.

The Gryphs are ranked 11th in women’s soccer. The top 10 are the Montreal Carabins first, Cape Breton Capers second, Laval Rouge et Or third, Trinity Western Spartans fourth, Queen’s Gaels fifth, Western Mustangs sixth, UBC Thunderbirds seventh, Victoria Vikes eighth, Ottawa Gee-Gees ninth and Acadia Axemen 10th.

Guelph is to play 19th-ranked York Lions at York Wednesday night.

U Sports is using a different format to determine its rankings this season. It’ll use a statistical ranking system based on the Elo Rating System created in 1960 as a chess ranking system. It has been modified for other sports since then and has been further modified for the Canadian university sports rankings.

That will be used for all U Sports top 10 rankings, although football and men’s hockey will also include votes by a media panel.

Previously the rankings in all sports had been based on votes from coaches or the media.

  • Guelph Sports Journal