U Sports Football Report (Week 10)

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Playoffs are here in University sports as the regular season finished off for most conferences while the OUA entered their first round of the playoffs.

In Ontario, the Western Mustangs and Laurier Golden Hawks were awaiting the end of the two quarter-finals to see who they would be taking on next.

The answers came with one game ending a little unexpectedly and the other coming with a close fight.

Guelph came into Ottawa looking to take their experience in the playoffs to a win and a berth in the semifinals.

They did that in a big way beating the Gee Gees 30-8 in an easy win and moving on while the McMaster Marauders just got by the Gaels 12-9 to earn their spot in the semifinals.

With the results, the Mustangs will take on the Gryphons who are hoping that they can continue their surprise run after beating the favoured Gee Gees, although against the Mustangs are a tougher test.

The Golden Hawks will look to get back to the Yates Cup against the Marauders who are looking to continue to be one of the top teams in the conference by beating a newly dominant team.

Those semifinals will continue the run towards the Yates Cup where one of the four teams will look to make the national stage.

As they continue on their playoffs the rest of the conferences are joining them after finishing the regular season.

In the west, the battle should be an interesting one as a familiar team sits on top while some other teams that know what it’s like to win are right behind them.

The Calgary Dinos rose to the top of the CanWest conference again and will look to be just as dominant as they have been over the past decade.

They are going to be hard to beat but the UBC Thunderbirds have experience beating them in these big games before.

After an off year, the Thunderbirds are back near the top and are playing well heading into the end of the regular season.

They will take on a very good team in Regina who struggled at the start of the season but came back and could make some noise.

The Dinos will take on Alberta, who just squeaked into the playoffs ahead of the Saskatchewan Huskies and could surprise but are in tough against one of the top teams in the country.

That will be the question throughout these playoffs as everyone will be chasing the Dinos and UBC and Regina both know how.

Can they do it on the big stage though as the Dinos will look to grab another title and another chance at the Vanier Cup.football-sidebar

In the east coast, a new leader is waiting for their challenger with the Acadia Axemen moving past everyone on their way to the top of the conference.

The two-time champions are back in the playoffs but StFX just got in and will have to get by the Huskies to find their way back to the Loney Bowl.

The Huskies have been great all season but were just beat out by Acadia at the end of the year forcing them into the semifinal.

It is the evenest battle in the country as all three teams could win the Jewett Trophy this year although Acadia does look like the strongest right now as they hope to return to the national stage.

One of the more uneven battles over the last few years has been in Quebec where Laval dominated before Montreal joined the party.

Both teams are now the only teams that have taken a title in the last decade and they are back on top again.

That is the battle that everyone will be looking at for another year as many don’t think Sherbrooke or Concordia will be able to unseat them

There is always room for surprise but for another year it seems like that will be the battle that determines the best team in Quebec.

Who wins is unknown though as they split their season series and have shown once again that they are two of the best in the country.

If they do make it to the title game whoever wins will likely be a favourite to make it to the Vanier Cup.

The playoffs are here and they are going to be interesting as some dominant teams remain at the top all looking to find their way to the national playoffs.

Others will look for the upsets and take their own chances on the national stage, as the Vanier Cup is not far off and every game could be the last of the season for every team.



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