OTTAWA (CIS) – For the second year in a row, the CIS football conference finals produced three new champions as only the reigning Vanier Cup titlist Montreal Carabinsearned a return trip to the national semifinals.
Who said there is no parity in Canadian university football? All four league finals on Saturday came down to the wire and were won by the visiting team.
In the RSEQ Dunsmore Cup at Quebec City, Montreal edged Laval 18-16; in the OUA Yates Cup at London, the Guelph Gryphons upset previously undefeated Western 23-17; in the Canada West Hardy Cup at Calgary, the UBC Thunderbirds scored an equally impressive 34-26 upset against the previously unbeaten Dinos; and in the AUS Loney Bowl at Sackville, N.B., the St. Francis Xavier X-Men defeated Mount Allison 14-12.
Not only are the top-three ranked teams in the country now out of contention for the Vanier Cup, three programs advance to the CIS Bowl games for the first time since the 1990’s, including Guelph (1996), UBC (1997) and StFX (1996).
Next Saturday, Nov. 21, nationally fourth-ranked Montreal (8-2) visits No. 5 Guelph (9-1) in the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Mitchell Bowl at Alumni Stadium (12:30 p.m. ET), while No. 6 UBC (8-2) travels to Antigonish, N.S., to face unranked StFX (7-3) in the Uteck Bowl at Oland Stadium (4:30 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. AT).