U Sports Football Report (Week 9)

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The season is officially over in Ontario and the playoffs are only a week away as there is no more chance for teams to try to find their way closer to the National playoffs.

It is always one of the best battles in the U Sports football season as the OUA has a number of very strong teams all with a good shot at winning the Yates Cup.

This year there are some familiar names at the top of the heap with the defending champions sitting in second and the team with the most Yates Cups sitting in first.

The Western Mustangs have been one of the four most dominant teams in Canada winning multiple Yates Cup titles over the last decade.

Out of those four dominant teams, they are not the best of them as they haven’t been able to capture many Vanier Cups and they haven’t always captured the Yates Cup.

They are consistently a great team and for another year they sit at the top of the standings in the conference looking for another chance to win it all.

They will have plenty of challengers to that position including the Laurier Golden Hawks who finished second this year.

Last season the Hawks were the ones to upset the Mustangs in a surprising season that came out of nowhere.

They took that great year all the way to the Yates Cup and into the National playoffs setting the scene for this year.

They weren’t surprising anyone this year and although they didn’t have the same fast rise they did end up in second place.

That will give them a bye through the first week alongside Western hoping to find their way to the Yates Cup for the season straight year.

The team that took the role of the surprise was the Waterloo Warriors who came out to a strong start on the season.

They continue to rise up the standings and sat near the top for the entire first half of the season.

Things ended there though as the second half of the season was nowhere near as good as their first half.

They did just enough though earning the final spot in the playoffs for the OUA and are hoping that they can do something from that spot.

It won’t be easy for them though as there are some very good teams above them and teams that have been here before.football-sidebar

McMaster and Guelph have both found their way to the Yates Cup in the past few years and both are back despite not having a typical season.

Both teams struggled before finding their groove and working their way back into the top of the conference.

Meanwhile, the Gee Gees make a return to the playoffs for another year in a relatively similar spot to where they were a year ago.

Ottawa hasn’t made a lot of noise this season but they have been good enough to remain in the hunt the entire season.

The OUA playoffs are right around the corner with plenty of teams in the hunt for the Yates Cup.

More importantly for most though a win in the OUA means a chance to play on the national stage.

Who will get there remains to be seen but for one conference the answer is closer than most with three more weeks until the national playoffs are determined.

As the OUA heads towards the most exciting time of the season the rest of the country is setting up for an exciting final week.

The Can West will still see Alberta and Saskatchewan fighting for the final spot in the playoffs as both ended this week tied for that spot.

In the RSEQ, the Stingers were able to find their spot in the playoffs while the Vert et Or look to finish things off next week.

The AUS will have another week of fighting as Mount Allison and StFX are both only one win away from clinching the final spot in the playoffs.

All of these teams will head into their final weeks of the season hoping to keep their year alive and hoping to play more football in November.


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