With Gee-Gees, Ravens and Toronto Varsity Blues currently stuck for second place in the Ontario University Athletics standings with 2-3 records, the tiebreaker scenarios are a bit tricky.
It’s been a devastating year for the University of Ottawa’s Gee-Gees football program, but hope for the playoffs remains.
In a season that began with the death of defensive lineman Francis Perron, the Gee-Gees are guaranteed a postseason spot as they enter Thursday’s regular season finale against the Carleton Ravens at TD Place.
However, with the Gee-Gees, Ravens and Toronto Varsity Blues currently stuck for second place in the Ontario University Athletics standings with 2-3 records, the tiebreaker scenarios are a bit tricky.
If the Ravens win, avenging their 19-17 Panda Game loss to the Gee-Gees earlier this season, they are guaranteed to finish second and host Toronto in the first round of the playoffs. In that case, the Gee-Gees would face the 6-0 Queen’s Gaels.
However, if the Gee-Gees win, nothing will be resolved until Toronto’s final game on Saturday against York, which has been officially eliminated based on its 0-5 record.
A Toronto win would mean they would finish second and host uOttawa in the playoffs, while Carleton would travel to Kingston to face Queen’s. A York win, on the other hand, would mean the Gee-Gees and Ravens would meet for the third time this season in the playoffs.
As Ravens coach Steve Sumarah tried to figure out all the combinations Wednesday, he said it was appropriate.
“It’s been one of the strangest years I’ve been involved in,” said Sumarah, whose Ravens haven’t played since losing 45-0 to Queen’s on Oct. 16. physical.”
The Ravens lost No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks Tanner DeJong and Tristan Lefebvre in the second game of the season. Another long list of injuries has followed.
“You make adjustments, but it’s been a bit of a challenge from week to week with what we’ve been doing and what we can do.”
Because of all that, the Ravens still have a chance to prepare well for the postseason.
“I’ve talked to the guys all week about it,” he said. “Let’s go out Thursday night and play our best game and let the chips fall where they can.”