Feel free to start wondering if the Western Mustangs are already up against when it comes to hosting a playoff game in Greg Marshall's first season.
Two-player Matt Carapella (safety, slotback, return man, kick holder... does he drive the team bus too?) is out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury. The Mustangs are heading into the meat of their schedule
A 5-3 record is often good enough to finish fourth and host an OUA quarter-final, but it usually means having a tiebreaker over someone else. Western lost that against Queen's and could lose it to McMaster or Windsor, whom it faces during a front-loaded schedule that also includes the U of O Gee-Gees next week and a reportedly improved Guelph program on Sept. 22. Finishing 6-2 is going to be a tall task with that schedule.
Let's see how it plays out Saturday in Hamilton, since the Marauders have their own issues after giving up 304 yards on the ground to Laurier. Regardless, either Western or Mac will be 0-2 after Saturday's action. Just sayin', especially since the Gaels host Mac in Week 3 and its coach, Stefan Ptaszek, has been a Queen's nemesis over the years.
Mustangs lose 'Mr. Everything' (Morris Dalla Costa, London Free Press)