The Blues' three league losses in cross-over play in November were by a total margin of five points. It is no shock to hear the confidence coming from Rob Paris in the campus paper:
"Our goal by the end is to be a top-three team in the country ... It’s a very difficult task, but we can realistically get 12 wins (during the next 14 games) and come out with 17 wins overall at the very least."The math is pretty obvious. U of T would have to at least split its four games vs. Carleton and Ottawa to finish 17-5. It's ambitious, but U of T might as well go for it since this is the last season together for the veteran troika of Paris, Nick Magalas and Nick Snow.
In other words, make sure you follow U of T's Jan. 15-16 homestand vs. Ottawa and Carleton.
It would be great for U of T to make the CIS Final 8. It would prove a point to the media types who dwell on the school's football struggles, plus after thrice losing in the division semifinal to Ottawa, they're overdue.
Don't take that as an endorsement. Ottawa, which has beaten McMaster, Lakehead and Dalhousie over the past few weeks, is going to be a tough nut to crack.