Remember that Saturday Night Live skit with Bill Hader from a few years ago?
“This club has everything,” he’d proclaim, before listing off a variety of obscenely funny and unrelated things.
Week 8 of the university football season was basically the U SPORTS equivalent of that: The Bishop’s Gaiters have one foot in the playoffs for the first time in six years, while all three #UniversityBlitz favourites (McMaster, Toronto and Montreal) were defeated in upsets.
The wild results started on Thursday night, as Laurier and Waterloo played to a 53-50 triple-OT thriller that left everyone in awe.
Bishop’s downed Saint Mary’s on home turf Friday night to inch closer to the program’s first playoff berth since 2013; Cherif Nicolas and his staff have done an incredible job this year, and the Gaiters’ magic number is now one — a win, or a Mt. Allison loss — to clinch a playoff spot in the AUS.
It was a stunning victory for the Vert & Or, who propelled themselves back into a playoff spot for the time being and opened the door for a potential first-place finish for Laval in the process.
By the way: Montreal visits Quebec City to face the Rouge et Or next Sunday. For first place. Buckle up!
Canada West was on a bye this week, but Manitoba’s (3-3) magic number is one to clinch the final playoff spot, with UBC (1-5) and Regina (1-5) both all but eliminated…Acadia is a perfect 6-0 and averaging a 22-point win thus far in AUS play…In Ontario, Queen’s (2-5), Toronto (2-5), York (1-6) and Windsor (1-7) will all miss the playoffs.
Guelph 27, Queen’s 24
Laurier 53, Waterloo 50
McMaster 30, Carleton 35
St. FX 25, Acadia 44
Saint Mary’s 15, Bishop’s 23
Toronto 14, York 34
Windsor 26, Ottawa 54
Laval 39, McGill 3
Montreal 15, Sherbrooke 23
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