Can the Mustangs Recover? (Yates Cup Preview)

The OUA was supposed to be all sewn up before they even started playing as Western was considered the best team in the OUA. The competition was essentially competing for playoff spots with Western taking the top place. Unlike most seasons the Mustangs proved everyone right as the easily went through every team and looked to be on the path to the Yates Cup. This was until their longtime rivals put a wrench in their undefeated season shutting out the powerful Western offence and handing them their first loss. The path to the Yates cup got a little hazy in this last week as the Golden Gaels essentially provided a blueprint to all teams on how to beat the top team. The Gaels ended up in third place at the end of the season with their win boosting their moral before the playoffs. With Western taking the top spot they earned a first round bye in the playoffs along with the McMaster Marauders who finished with a 7-1 record tied with Western but Western having the tiebreaker. McMaster had a great season that started off rough with their second game loss to the Mustangs but brought it back to win the rest of their games and finish in second. In the fourth spot is Windsor who was a surprising team to make the playoffs let alone earn a home game. They did this with a 5-3 record that saw them go through an up and down season but did enough to take the 4th spot. The rest of the conference shapes up with Last year’s top team Ottawa and Laurier who snuck in with a 4-4 record. Toronto missed the playoffs again this year but did make some strides finishing just outside the playoffs with another 3-5 record. The Blues are trending back though as they made their first appearance on TV in a very long time and are beginning to become relevant again. The Guelph Gryphons surprised many people finishing below Toronto with a 2-6 record with many believing they would be a top team this year. Guelph will have to watch the playoffs from home as they will not make the playoffs this year. York got a win this year but it was all they could get as they went 1-7 but were not the worst team in the league. The Waterloo Warriors were back in the OUA after a year suspension and this suspension showed with a 0-8 record. The OUA season is over and the teams out of the playoffs will be preparing for next year along with the new team from Carlton. Meanwhile six teams will be playing for the oldest trophy in sports, the Yates Cup. The first weekend will feature Laurier travelling to Queen’s for the first quarterfinals and Windsor Travelling to Ottawa for the second quarterfinal. While these four teams battle it out this weekend McMaster and Western will be waiting for the winners to play the semi-finals. The playoffs have officially started in the CIS with the OUA quarterfinals and like all of football any team can win on any given Sunday.

 

Quarterfinal #1

Queen’s Golden Gaels 31 vs. 21 Laurier Golden Hawks

– Queen’s Defence is what allowed them to win their last 6 games and only allow one team to score more than 14 points the one team that did score 35 points was the Golden Hawks Queen’s is on a hot streak though and don’t expect it to end

Quarterfinal #2

Windsor Lancers 35 vs. 32 Ottawa Gee Gees

– Windsor has a powerful offence that has allowed them to outperform their opponents and the last game that these two had together the Gee Gees escaped with a 32-30 win but I believe that Windsor will take their offence to the Gee Gees and win this time

Semi-Final #1

Western Mustangs 45 vs. 28 Windsor Lancers

– Windsor has a powerful offence but not a good enough defence to stop the Mustangs attack as Western will be able to shut down the Lancers offence to take the win

Semi-Final #2

Queen’s Golden Gaels 28 vs. 27 McMaster Marauders

– Queen’s lost to McMaster in the opening game of the season but after turning a corner the Gaels defence will be able to shut down the Marauders but McMaster will not go quietly

Yates Cup Final:

Western Mustangs 28 vs. 21 Queen’s Golden Gaels

– The two rivals will meet again after Queen’s handed Western their only loss but Western will have the time to rethink their strategy and be able to move into the Vanier Cup playoffs with a win over Queen’s

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