This week's list below the jump
Top 27 for Sept. 24
* indicates biggest jump
** indicates biggest loss
No. 27 – York (NC)
No, really. Has there ever been a team this bad?
No. 26 – McGill (-2)
The second-worst defence in the CIS is enough to grab the second worst placement on the Top 27.
No. 25 – Waterloo (+1)
It’s hard to understand how the Warrior team that has been blown out the last couple weeks pulled the upset over McMaster.
No. 24 – Toronto (+1)
The bottom four are a long ways behind even the rest of the “twenties” but Toronto seems, surprisingly, to be the best of that bunch.
No. 23 – Mount Allison (NC)
The Mounties have improved just a little bit since the dark days that started the decade, but they just can’t seem to break through into even the middle of the pack.
No. 22 – Windsor (–6)**
See above – although the Lancers have been a mid-pack team. Just not much.
No. 21 – Alberta (-1)
Increasingly it is becoming obvious that the Bears are Canada West’s worst team in 2008.
No. 20 – Bishop’s (-3)
It’s perhaps unfair that BU drops following its biggest win of the year, but it was against McGill and other teams below leapfrogged and, well, it just happens sometime. It seems clear that BU is the clear No. 5 Q team.
No. 19 – McMaster (NC)
The Marauders have recovered well after the early season stumble to put themselves right in the middle of the OUA playoff hunt. Every Ontario team is thinking about the ’07 Stangs…just get in.
No. 18 – Manitoba (+3)
Better than Alberta. Maybe no one else out west.
No. 17 – Acadia (-2)
The Axemen continued to struggle against X last week (over the past few seasons Acadia always seems stronger than X until the two teams actually meet). An ugly OT loss makes it difficult to see any AUS team challenging SMU.
No. 16 – St. FX (+6)
The overall ranking doesn’t so much matter as the No. 2 spot in the Maritimes. Any decent AUS team is only ever one good game in November from playing in a Bowl Game.
No. 15 – Guelph (-5)
Guelph looks dangerous, but can’t get it done when it counts in the OUA this year. An easy three week stretch should make the playoffs an easy bet, but Guelph can’t like that it’s on the wrong side of the tiebreaker for both Laurier and Mac.
No. 14 – Wilfrid Laurier (+4)
The Golden Hawks had a great second half last week to pull away from Windsor. In what’s clearly a rebuilding season for the decade’s best Ontario program, every week must be viewed as a stepping stone to the Hawks next serious run at a Vanier—in 2009 or, most likely, 2010.
No. 13 – University of British Columbia (NC)
Neate said it best.
No. 12 – Regina (NC)
You just keep waiting for the Rams to break out. They never quite do. Still, nice win last week, even if it probably wasn’t deserved.
No. 11 – Concordia (-2)
It was ugly against Laval.
No. 10 – Montréal (-4)
And in Sherbrooke. But, Quebec is becoming the new Western Canada in CIS football, so the Carabins hold onto a Top 10 spot.
No. 9 – Calgary (-1)
A slight slip back for the Dinos, but still solidly in the top half of Can West.
No. 8 – Sherbrooke (+10)*
At the risk of hyperbole last week’s win over Montréal was the biggest in the program’s history. It’sa short history, but still…
No. 7 – Simon Fraser University (+4)
Honestly, it’s hard to fully understand why they are wining, but they are. And there comes a time when that's all that matters.
No. 6 – The Golden Gaels (+1)
They move up because of Montréal’s loss, but the real chance for respect comes this weekend.
No. 5 – Saskatchewan (NC)
No. 4 – Ottawa (NC)
The Gee-Gees’ talent will keep them in the top few spots all year. The questions about the team — chemistry, coaching, etc. —will keep them from the very top until they prove the doubters wrong on the field
No. 3 – Western (NC)
The Battle of the Buffys Bowl is Western’s chance to show that the ‘Stangs are Vanier players and not just Yates.
No. 2 – Saint Mary’s University (NC)
As always with SMU, the issues are about how to get better when playing teams that aren’t the same quality.
No. 1 – Laval (NC)
It’s becoming clearer and clearer….