No. 4 Western (3-1) at Guelph (2-2) (Saturday)
For the second straight week, fourth-ranked Western is part of the CIS Football Game of the Week on City, Saturday at 1 p.m., live from Alumni Stadium in Guelph. The game is a rematch of last year’s Yates Cup final that saw the Gryphons beat the Mustangs 23-17 in London to capture their first OUA title since 1996. Guelph is off to a see-saw start under new head coach Kevin MacNeill and things won’t get any easier over the next few weeks with road games against No. 7 McMaster and No. 5 Laurier following Saturday’s tilt with Western and its nationally top-ranked offence (52.8 points per game).
Waterloo (0-4) at No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier (3-0) (Saturday)
If there were still any doubts about Laurier after it opened the OUA schedule with wins over Queen’s and York, the Golden Hawks proved they belonged among the conference elite last weekend when they beat nationally-ranked Carleton 17-16 in the nation’s capital. The Hawks have a golden opportunity to move to 4-0 on Saturday when they host cross-town rival Waterloo, which has allowed a CIS-worst 58.0 points per game this season and ranks second-last on offence with 7.0 points per contest. Laurier has won 12 straight head-to-head confrontations since an 18-16 loss in 2002, including shutout victories in three of the past four years (42-0 in 2015, 44-0 in 2014, 12-0 in 2012).
No. 6 Ottawa (3-0) at Windsor (1-2) (Saturday)
On paper, it sure looks like it could be a long afternoon for Windsor’s defence on Saturday. Led by record-setting quarterback Derek Wendel and top receiver Mitchell Baines (25 catches, 369 yards, 3 touchdowns), the undefeated Gee-Gees travel to Alumni Field boasting the country’s second-ranked offence in total yards (560.3) and passing yards (410.7) per game, and also sit fourth with 42.0 points per outing. On the other side of the ball, the Lancers, who are coming off a bye week, rank last in overall defence (614.7 yards per game) and against the past (424.0), and 26th out of 27 in points allowed (54.3). In a 52-24 head-to-head win last season in Ottawa, Wendel completed 20 of 28 passes for 381 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
No. 8 Saskatchewan (2-1) at Manitoba (1-2) (Saturday)
Manitoba finally got on the board last week with a convincing 42-12 win over Alberta but the Bisons know they are not out of the woods yet as they are set to face eighth-ranked Saskatchewan, reigning Vanier Cup champion UBC and No. 2 Calgary in their next three games. Don’t expect a defensive battle on Saturday in Winnipeg. In their last five head-to-head meetings dating back to the 2013 playoffs, including four wins by Manitoba, the Bisons and Huskies have combined to score an average of 67.6 points per contest. Manitoba quarterback Theo Deezar was named the CIS player of the week on offence after a 345-yard, four-touchdown performance against Alberta, while Saskatchewan’s Tyler Chow ranks second in the nation with 139.7 rushing yards per game.
No. 10 Carleton (2-2) at York (2-2) (Saturday)
The Huskies finally put an end to an 18-game overall losing streak last Friday against Mount Allison and they did it in style, erasing a 25-point deficit to give new bench boss James Colzie IIIhis first win as a CIS head coach. Saint Mary’s now has a chance to make it two in a row against a Bishop’s team that has really struggled so far this season, scoring a CIS-worst 5.3 points per game and ranking 25th on defence (47.3). The Gaiters won last year’s head-to-head matchup in Halifax, 23-17.
Sherbrooke (1-2) at McGill (2-1) (Saturday)
Two weeks ago, McGill came back from 16-0 down to beat the Vert & Or 19-18 and claim its first victory at Sherbrooke since 2004. On Saturday, the Redmen hope to win a third straight game for the first time since 2006. They have swept a two-game regular season series against Sherbrooke only once since the Vert & Or returned to CIS football in 2003, thanks to 17-0 and 42-11 decisions in 2004.
Toronto (1-3) at Queen’s (0-3) (Saturday)
Queen’s is arguably the best 0-3 team in the country. The Gaels held second-half leads in their first two losses of the season, at Laurier and at Guelph, and last weekend gave No. 4 Western all they could handle before falling 27-13 to the Mustangs in the grand opening of the new Richardson Stadium in Kingston. On Saturday, as the Gaels and Varsity Blues look to keep their playoff hopes alive, all eyes will be on the quarterback duel between brothers Nate Hobbs of Queen’s andMarcus Hobbs of Toronto, with the latter coming off a five-touchdown performance against York (2 passing, 3 rushing).
WEEK 5 SCHEDULE (all times local)
19:00 No. 2 Calgary (3-0) at No. 9 Regina (2-1) (Shaw TV/Access & CanadaWest.TV)
13:00 No. 4 Western (3-1) at Guelph (2-2) (City & OUA.TV)
13:00 Toronto (1-3) at Queen’s (0-3) (TVCogeco & OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 6 Ottawa (3-0) at Windsor (1-2) (TVCogeco & OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 10 Carleton (2-2) at York (2-2) (OUA.TV)
13:00 Waterloo (0-4) at No. 5 Laurier (3-0) (Rogers TV Waterloo & OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 3 Laval (2-1) at Mount Allison (0-2) (Bell Aliant Fibe TV1 & AUStv.ca)
13:00 No. 8 Saskatchewan (2-1) at Manitoba (1-2) (CanadaWest.TV)
14:00 No. 1 Montreal (3-0) at Acadia (1-1) (Bell Aliant Fibe TV1 & AUStv.ca)
14:00 Saint Mary’s (1-1) at Bishop’s (0-3) (GaitersTV)
14:00 StFX (2-0) at Concordia (1-2) (StretchTV)
14:00 Sherbrooke (1-2) at McGill (2-1) (TVA Sports & StretchTV)
17:00 UBC (1-2) at Alberta (0-3) (CanadaWest.TV)