Two of the country’s best offences will face off in Guelph this Saturday as the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees will travel to “The Royal City” to face the Gryphons. After four games, Guelph ranks third in the country with 47.5 points per game while Ottawa ranks fourth putting up 45.0 points per game. The game is being featured as the OUA.tv Marquee Matchup of the week as it pits two nationally ranked teams: Ottawa at no. 9 and Guelph at no. 5.
Despite the fact that two of the most prolific offences in Canada will faceoff, Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi says it’s hard to predict what type of match fans can expect. “There’s all sorts of factors to a game. Sometimes the score gets out of hand for different reasons.” However, he does not expect this week’s game to be another shootout due to Guelph’s defensive prowess. “Their defence is just stellar. They’re really good,” said Barresi.
Still, quarterback Derek Wendel has thrown for at least 300 yards in all of his starts and the Ottawa offence seem to be clicking as a unit. The team’s early offensive success is shocking to some, but was expected by Barresi. “We expected to have production. We spent a lot of time in the off-season; this is the fruits of all the work. The group of receivers have been here with me since I started. There is intelligence within the system.”
Both defences are putting up numbers as well. The Gryphons have the second highest number of interceptions with eight while the Gee-Gees are tied for fourth in he CIS for sacks with 10.
Guelph however, has the edge in many other defensive categories most notably points allowed per game where they rank sixth in the CIS with 17.2 to Ottawa’s 32.7.
The Garnet and Grey seemingly have improved on a lot of their issues they faced coming out of training camp. For Barresi however, there is still one point of concern that the team has yet to fix; consistency.
A full sixty-minute effort is something Ottawa has yet to pull off. According to the head coach it’s something you can practice, but can only be really fix in games. “They have to do it on the field and in the practice. You have to harp on the little things; trying to make it game-like as possible. When the game comes it’s full speed all the way,” shared the head coach.
The game will start at 1 p.m., Saturday September 26 and be broadcast on OUA.tv.