The undefeated No. 7 nationally ranked uOttawa Gee-Gees (4-0) will take on their crosstown rivals, the No. 10 Carleton Ravens (3-2) Saturday when the two teams clash at TD Place in the annual Panda Game, presented by Air Canada.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:08 p.m. from TD Place in Ottawa, Ont. and will be broadcast live, coast-to-coast on City. Fans can also catch all the action on Saturday streaming live on OUA.tv, or through the airwaves on CFRA radio.
Ottawa holds a 33-14 edge in the overall Panda series against Carleton which dates back to 1955. Last year a crowd of 17, 956 took in the game as the two teams combined for over 1131 yards of offence in a double-overtime thriller which ended 48-45 for Carleton. It was the highest scoring game in Panda history and Ottawa quarterback Derek Wendel passed for 542 yards.
Home field advantage in the playoffs is creeping into the discussion at the mid-way point of the OUA regular season. The implications beyond bragging rights and Panda custody are massive in the 2016 edition with both teams coming into the contest ranked in the national Top Ten for the first time.
Still, the unique atmosphere has its effects. Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi says he’s been telling the team this week to soak up the experience. “On Tuesday it was the first time I addressed it,” he says. “I told them to enjoy it. It’s a great game that will be with you for the rest of your life.”