In the Calgary Dinos, we have a team from four provinces over who have won their conference three years in a row but both of the previous two years have lost, and watched their season end at PEPS. Their fifth-year quarterback and two-time Hec Crighton Trophy winner, whose coach thought he was done for the year months ago, is playing in his last football game, and his last chance to win a ring.
On the home side of the field, it's the undefeated Laval Rouge et Or, who dominated the QUFL this year. They won their regular-season games by nearly 40 points on average, crushed Bishop's 56-1 three weeks ago, and their coach was named coach of the year. They have won their two most recent playoff games by just seven combined points, but they're still playing at home for a championship, with many thousands of supporters in the stands.
(Fun fact: the last time a school won a Vanier Cup in their home city, it was the University of Toronto (1993). The losing team? Calgary.)
This will be the first of four Vanier Cups in our site's history without any of our staff on the scene (another point in favour of combining the Vanier with the Grey Cup), but we'll still be watching, chatting, analyzing, and opining on Canadian university football's championship game as always. Check out our predictions here, then join us below.