The Montreal Carabins creamed McGill Redmen 42-0 in the semifinals to advance to the Dunsmore Cup. The Laval Rouge et Or defeated the Concordia Stingers 39-14 in the semifinals to advance to the Dunsmore Cup. Since the Carabins finished first in the conference, they host the final at CEPSUM in Montreal for the first time since 2004. Saturday marks the fourth straight meeting between the two schools in the 2016 Dunsmore Cup. The Carabins have beaten the Rouge et Or the last two years.
2016 Dunsmore Cup Preview: University de Montreal Carabins Host Laval Rouge et Or
The Carabins and Rouge et Or enter the Dunsmore Cup with 7-1 record from the regular season, with their only losses coming against each other. The Carabins beat the Rouge et Or, 24-21 on September 3rd in the first game of the year. The Rouge et Or got their revenge, a few weeks later on October 15, beating the Carabins 22-19. It is very hard to say that either team is a favourite or underdog in the game because they are both equal. The two games against one another were the closest games either team played in the regular season this year. The last three Dunsmore Cup games between two teams have been two and three-point wins.
Here are the keys to the game.
Keys to the Game
Who will have the better quarterback — Carabins fifth-year quarterback and RSEQ MVP, Samuel Caron has been good against the Rouge et Or this season. In the two games against Laval, Caron has thrown two touchdowns, and one interception for 692 passing yards. He also has rushed for 70 yards and scored one touchdown in the two games. This season, Caron threw for 1,831 yards along with nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 300 yards and scored four touchdowns. On the opposing side, Rouge et Or pivot Hugo Richard has been okay against the Carabins. In the two games against Montreal, he has thrown two touchdowns and three interceptions, along with 565 passing yards. He also has rushed for 12 yards and scored one touchdown. This season, Richard threw for 2,093 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had eight rushing touchdowns including two touchdowns performance against Sherbrooke Vert et Or and Mount Alison Mounties. The game will likely come down to which quarterback will make the big plays.
Which Defence will make the stops — The Rouge et Or and Carabins defence were one and two in the nation for least amount of points scored and yards allowed. The Carabins led the nation with least amount of points given up with an average of 9.0 points per game. They also led the nation in least amount of yards given up with 267.4 YPG. The Rouge et Or were second as they only allowed 9.8 PPG and 294.0 YPG. It is possible that this game will be a low-scoring affair so whoever defence stops the opposing team from scoring will likely win the game.
Expect another exciting Dunsmore Cup between the number one and number two team in the country.
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