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HOME PREVIEW: Undefeated Ottawa meets defending champs

Thursday September 15, 2016
Football Team Celebrating.
Chantal Hupé

Guelph (2-1) at Ottawa (2-0)
Saturday, Sept. 17
1 p.m.
Gee-Gees Field
Tickets available online

TV: Rogers Cable 22 – Live and repeat at 10 p.m.

Webcast: – Live and on-demand

The uOttawa Gee-Gees football team remains at home for the second of back-to-back weeks and will try to follow up its 30-8 win over the McMaster Marauders and remain atop the OUA standings. Ottawa earned the no. 8 ranking in the CIS Top Ten this week and is one of two OUA teams standing with an undefeated record. 

Ottawa comes into the contest ranked first in OUA and second in the CIS in passing yards per game at 473, which follows suit from last season. The biggest turnaround is on the defensive side, where the Garnet and Grey have not yet allowed a touchdown and rank third nationally in yards allowed with an average of 282.5. Ottawa’s rush defence proved itself against McMaster but will be tested by the Gryphons. Guelph ranks fourth in CIS with 244.7 yards gained on the ground per game, spread out among three capable backs.

The Gryphons, the reigning OUA champions, began the season ranked no. 6, but a loss to Windsor in week two and the entry of Ottawa into the rankings dropped the Gryphons out of the Top Ten. “They’re very strong on the offensive and defensive lines,” notes Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi. “When we played them last year they executed flawlessly in the first two quarters and the game got well ahead of us.”  That game was in Guelph, and Ottawa trailed 28-0 by the end of the first quarter before finishing 48-26.

Windsor took advantage of two interceptions thrown by James Roberts to bring down the Gryphons this season. Corner backs Jamie Harry and Cody Cranston each have two interceptions this season for Ottawa, which has now matched its team interceptions total from 2015 with four through just two games. Both Cranston and Harry are in their sophomore seasons.

Saturday’s game will feature a pre-game ceremony recognizing the 10-year anniversary of Ottawa’s 2006 Yates Cup Championship team. The Gee-Gees captured the 2006 Yates Cup in front of a home crowd at Frank Clair Stadium with a thrilling come-from-behind 32-14 win over Laurier. It followed a regular season which saw the Ottawa defence give up the fewest points in the CIS (12.1 per game) while the offence piled up the most yards in the OUA (3579). For event information and to register, visit the Alumni Events Page.