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December 4, 2012

OUA announces 2013 football schedule

Source: OUA

HAMILTON, Ont. – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased to announce the 2013 football schedule. With the addition of the Carleton Ravens into the OUA football fold, the road to the 106th Yates Cup kicks off a little early next year as 11 teams begin their season on Sunday, August 25th.

The McMaster Marauders begin their attempt at a third consecutive Yates Cup title on August 25th, when they host the Ottawa Gee-Gees at Ron Joyce Stadium. The Gee-Gees will be looking to build on a rocky 2012 campaign but will have their work cut out for them as McMaster hasn't suffered a loss at home since September 10th, 2011.

OUA fans should mark September 21st on their calendars for the highly anticipated 105th Yates Cup rematch. The Guelph Gryphons have the benefit of the 13th man, as they look to avenge their Yates Cup loss in front of an enthusiastic Homecoming Crowd at Alumni Stadium.
Other schedule highlights include:

• When the Ravens return to the gridiron in the fall of 2013, it will mark 34 years since Carleton has been in contention for the Yates Cup. The Ravens kick off their 2013 campaign on Labour Day when they visit the Western Mustangs.

• Western's football season has ended at the hands of the Marauders for two years in a row, and the Mustangs need no extra motivation when they travel to Hamilton to take on McMaster on September 7th. Week 3 also boasts a number of great firsts. The Ottawa Gee-Gees host the Toronto Varsity Blues at the brand new on-campus football stadium, while the Carleton Ravens welcome the Waterloo Warriors at the new and improved Ravens' Field.

• The battle of Waterloo will take place on September 14th as Laurier makes the short trek down the street to take on cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors at Warrior Field.

• Homecoming season begins as alumni travel back to watch the Windsor Lancers host the Toronto Varsity Blues on September 21st. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Windsor.

• Homecoming continues across OUA in week 6, highlighted by the Queen's/Western rivalry matchup at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London, Ont.

• The Gee-Gees/Ravens cross canal rivalry will be renewed on the campus of the University of Ottawa on October 5th. Ottawa holds a 31-13 all-time edge in the historic rivalry.

• The 44th annual Red and Blue Bowl takes place on October 10th as the York Lions host the Toronto Varsity Blues under the lights of York Stadium. The winner of this game will take home the Argo Cup and is entitled to football bragging rights for another year in the city of Toronto.

• Richardson Stadium will be filled with tri-coloured fans on October 19th as the Guelph Gryphons visit the Queen's Gaels in a rematch of the thrilling Yates Cup semifinal, when the Gryphs overcame a 22 point deficit to defeat the Gaels 42-39 in overtime.

The OUA regular season will conclude on Saturday, October 19th, with teams vying for a postseason berth.

The OUA quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, October 26th, followed by the OUA semifinals on Saturday, November 2nd. The OUA football season concludes at the 106th Yates Cup presented by Pioneer Energy on Saturday, November 9th.

Week 1
August 25th

Ottawa @ McMaster
Western @ Toronto
Laurier at Guelph
Waterloo @ Windsor
Queen's @ York

Bye: Carleton

Week 2
September 2nd (Labour Day)

McMaster @ Queen's
Windsor @ Guelph
Carleton @ Western
Ottawa @ Waterloo
Toronto @ Laurier

Bye: York

Week 3
September 7th

Toronto @ Ottawa
Waterloo @ Carleton
Western @ McMaster
Windsor @ Queen's
Laurier @ York

Bye: Guelph

Week 4
September 14th

York @ McMaster
Carleton @ Windsor
Ottawa @ Western
Laurier @ Waterloo
Guelph @ Toronto

Bye: Queen's

Week 5
September 21st

Toronto @ Windsor
McMaster @ Guelph
York @ Carleton
Western @ Laurier
Queen's @ Ottawa

Bye: Waterloo

Week 6
September 28th

Queen's @ Western
Windsor @ Laurier
Guelph @ Waterloo
Ottawa @ York
Carleton @ Toronto

Bye: McMaster

Week 7
October 5th

Carleton @ Ottawa
Waterloo @ McMaster
Western @ Windsor
York @ Guelph
Laurier @ Queen's

Bye: Toronto

Week 8
October 10th

Toronto @ York

October 11th

Queen's @ Waterloo
Guelph @ Carleton

October 12th

McMaster @ Laurier

Bye: Windsor, Western, Ottawa

Week 9
October 19th

Guelph @ Queen's
Windsor @ Ottawa
McMaster @ Carleton
Waterloo @ Toronto
York @ Western

Bye: Laurier

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