This week's list is below the jump.
* indicates biggest gain
** indicates biggest drop
No. 27 – York (NC)
The Lions might be the worst CIS team this decade.
No. 26 – Waterloo (-2)
It’s still evident that the Warriors have a long way to go to get to the top of the OUA. The MAC game will be a highlight Waterloo holds onto for a while.
No. 25 – Toronto (+1)
Usually you judge a team when it blows another out. You think that maybe it would have been sporting for them to put the breaks on. Not with U of T Saturday. If ever a program deserved to run the score…
No. 24 – McGill (+1)
McGill can put points up, that’s without question. But someone’s gotta stop at some point.
No. 23 – Mount Allison (-1)
The AUS did not represent well on the weekend, although MtA did play the closest game. At home. Against Sherb. Still lost, of course. The Mounties stay behind X based on the week two result.
No. 22 – St FX (-4)
Speaking of X…It wasn’t close in Montreal and it probably could have been worse. The positive for the X-Men is that the AUS gives you lots of chances to rebound and they could find themselves in the driver’s seat for a home playoff game with a win this week against Acadia.
No. 21 – Manitoba (-11)**
It’s been a spectacular fall for the Bisons. Going into the season, we were prepared to give Manitoba the benefit of the doubt. They were the defending champions and U of M always has a big turnover (and usually handles it well). But, now…it’s about the results, stupid.
No. 20 – Alberta (-3)
The Bears are increasingly looking like they are…just a bit behind the rest of ultra balanced CanWest.
No. 19 -- McMaster (+4)
MAC rebounded nicely to compete against Ottawa in the stadium opener. They didn’t win though. It’s full on rebuilding time in Hamilton.
No. 18 – WLU (-3)
Ant Waterloo….Laurier has a nice collection of young athletes, but last week showed that they aren’t anywhere near the top of the OUA yet. This is Laurier circa 2003, not the 2004-05 powerhouse just yet.
No. 17 – Bishop’s (+2)
BU has to feel unlucky not to have pulled the upset last week against SMU. But, don’t read too much into the fairly close result. Every advantage was Bishop’s way—they were at home, they were facing a team that is missing its best offensive player and that had a bad case of bus legs.
No. 16 – Windsor (-3)
There is no shame in losing to a solid Guelph team, but last week showed that the Lancers are going to be in a three way fight for the two final playoff spots this year rather than battling it out for the top. And, don’t expect them to pull a Western in the playoffs either (actually, don’t expect anyone to pull a Western in the playoffs this year).
No. 15 – Acadia (-6)
And it can be argued that they should be further back still. A bad, bad result against Laval seems to indicate that they are closer to X than they are to SMU. We shall see just how close they are to X this weekend.
No. 14 – Sherb (+2)
You don’t gain too much Top 27 rep by beating Mount Allison, but don’t discount the effort needed to overcome an 8-hour bus ride.
No. 13 -- UBC (+8)
A very nice little (shut-out!) win for the Thunderbirds. CanWest is a mess this year with everyone seemingly able to beat everyone. The question is, are there five contenders in the west, or five mediocre teams. Time will tell.
No. 12 – Regina (+2)
Bye week. Moving up as part of a overall (and slight) adjustment of all the CanWest teams.
No. 11 – Simon Fraser (+9)*
Yeah, can’t say I saw that coming. But, when you look at things objectively, the Clan are playing like a top 10 cusp team. I’m not ready to bump them up to that level yet, but credit needs to be given for what has happened so far.
No. 10 – Guelph (+2)
A nice win over Windsor seemed to point to the possibility that the first week loss to Laurier was just a first blip. Guelph looks to be the only OUA team outside of the top three with a shot at the Yates.
No. 9 – Concordia (-1)
That was not pretty. But, it counts the same in the standings. There area lot of interesting match-ups this week. Top among them is the Laval/Concordia tilt, which will be a real barometer game in the Q.
No. 8 – Calgary (+3)
The Dinos continue to improve each week and in the unpredictable west that’s all you can ask for right now.
No. 7 – The GOLDEN Gaels (NC)
The GOLDEN Gaels stay put despite a big win over Laurier. Why? Blame geography. Still a nice win and one that showed that the GOLDEN Gaels are legitimate Yates contenders.
No. 6 – Montreal (NC)
Whether it was a first week blip is yet to be determined, but Montreal looks closer to Laval than ever. When the Rouge et Or finally do lose in the Q it will likely be to the Carabins. It’s unlikely that too many people would be willing to lay money on that happening this season, but it doesn’t seem as outrageous as in the past.
No. 5 – Saskatchewan (-3)
One bad road game is not enough to throw the program under the bus (besides, Saskatchewan always loses a game it shouldn’t. Every year. They are predictable in their unpredictability that way). So, the Huskies drop…but not that far.
No. 4 – Ottawa (+1)
The talent is without question. The chemistry…that week one loss to Western will linger until the Gee-Gee’s get a chance to directly address the questions it raised. That chance will likely come Nov 15.
No. 3 – Western (+1)
Greg Marshall is proving that he is one hell of a CIS coach (evidence = MAC now and then and the return to glory of the Purple Bastards now). That said, they still seem just bit too highly placed. But, who else should go ahead? In the least predictable CIS season in memory, that’s hard to say.
No. 2 – SMU (+1)
There is no clear cut No. 2 at this point of the season. I’ll give the nod to SMU based on potential and on the fact that they found a way to win last week when a lesser team would have folded up the tent. Bishop’s may not have been the toughest Q test, but one needs only to look at the rest of the Interleague results to understand that any win by the AUS is impressive. So, No. 2 for now. Sort of. With no promises moving forward.
No. 1 – Laval (NC)
Laval is the clear No. 1 at this point, but it’s as much to do with questions in the rest of the country—can SMU solve its QB questions, is Ottawa a team or just a collection of talent, is Western ready to take the final step, is the CanWest parity because there are so many good team, or because there are no great ones. All those questions add up to a Rouge et Or team at No. 1. Not by default, quite, but not in the slam-dunk way they have been in the past.