Considering the Cats are on a little bit of a down slide I thought it’d be refreshing to talk some OUA/CIS football. I’d be willing to guess most posters on here pull for the hometown Mac Marauders which I must admit up until this year I did too but I am now a student at York University so needless to say my OUA affiliation now lies with the Lions.
So just a few story lines after first two weeks:
Ottawa Gee Gees running the Wing T offence and struggling now sitting at 0-2 on the season which is quite the fall from grace after finishing 7-1 just two season ago.
My school the York Lions earned only their second victory in the past 4 years last weekend after defeating the aforementioned Ottawa Gee Gees 47-36. The Lions are a team on the rise and could realistically go 4-4 this season and earn their first playoff birth since Andre Durie dawned the red and white. Needless to say I am very excited about York’s upside.
The Laurier Golden Hawks have struggled out of the gate getting off to a 0-2 start including a week one loss to U of T who are far from a OUA powerhouse. This weeks match-up with York should be an interesting one and will likely be a sink or swim game for the Hawks.
McMaster has benefited from 19 returning starters from last season’s Vanier Cup winning team. Mac has looked like the most dominant team in the OUA IMO posting 50 points and 68 points in their first two games. Mac looks poised to make a run at a repeat.
Western still has a bitter taste in their mouths after their season ended prematurely at the hands of the Marauders last season and have looked like a team on a mission the first two weeks. It seems as if the OUA will come down to the Stangs and Marauders once again this season.
U of T is a team on the rise as well downing the Golden Hawks 19-0 in their home opener however Western brought them back to reality last weekend, dusting the Varsity Blues 62-7. U of T will be an interesting team to watch this year - much like York, their stock is rising in the OUA.
Queens is the last of the 2-0 teams (Western and Mac being the others) however their first two opponents were among the lower tier in the OUA (Laurier and York) so this weekends match-up with Western should give us a better feel for what the Gaels have to offer this season. You can catch the Gaels and Stangs on University Rush on the Score.
This should get the ball rolling on discussions. I hope that this thread catches fire and we can have some good discussions throughout the season.