Top 23* for Oct 29
*only teams that were still playing last week ranked
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No. 23 – McGill
An 0-8 finish was predicted and delivered.
No. 22 – Acadia
A little bit of pride saved in an otherwise disaster of a season—although MtA wasn’t playing for anything…
No. 21 – McMaster
Laurier manhandled MAC in the playoffs. For a program that for years prided itself on its ability to physically control other OUA teams, it was a jarring sight.
No. 20 – Bishop’s
It was a really disappointing result for BU. And, it ended a widely unpredictable season for the Gaiters.
No. 19 – Mount Allison
The Mounties seem to have gone backwards since the big week seven win against Acadia. Still a playoff game waits. The first earned in a looooong time.
No. 18 – Alberta
Where was last week’s effort all year? Although, again, Calgary wasn’t playing for much.
No. 17 – UBC
Like most in the bottom half of CanadaWest, UBC isn’t bad. They are just kind of mediocre. There is a lot of work to be done this off-season (assuming they are still playing in the CIS next year, of course).
No. 16 – Guelph
Rule No. 1 for winning playoff games? Stop the run. Guelph’s season is done.
No. 15 – St. FX
It wasn’t a great effort, but X-Men supporters will tell you that the game didn’t matter. To be fair, St. FX did step it up in the AUS championship game last year when no one saw it coming. They still lost, of course…
No. 14 – Manitoba
There will be a new champion in 2008. The Bisons never could find their way in a tough (or uniformly mediocre, the jury is still out on that) CanWest.
No. 13 – Ottawa
It’s been a tough and disappointing year for the Gee-Gee’s, but I’m pretty sure Queen’s is not happy with its quarterfinals draw. Getting Davie Mason going again is obvious, but the key might be Josh Sacobie. He’s had a below average season for a fifth year guy, but one big game would change that.
No. 12 – Sherbrooke
The 330 yards of rushing that Concordia dropped on the Vert et Or has to have Sherb worried heading into a playoff rematch. Playoff football (cliché alert) is won on the lines and in the backfield. Does Sherb have the tools yet? All sings point to “probably not.”
No .11 – Wilfrid Laurier
Recent success has spoiled WLU fans. That’s why this solid and promising 7-2 season has been next to invisible. Provided all the parts come back this will be a dangerous team in ’09, but the question is can it be a dangerous team next week. Holding the ball for three quarters of the playoff game against MAC last week was a good sign that it might.
No. 10 – Calgary
Since the Dinos weren’t playing for all that much against Alberta we are willing to extend the benefit of the doubt. Plus, they got lucky. Other results fell the best possible way giving Calgary home advantage next week.
No. 9 – Regina
I like the gutsy way Regina closed out last week’s all but playoff game with Manitoba. The Rams could be a dark horse…So long as Frank doesn’t get too caught up chasing down criminals over at .org that is…
No. 8 – Concordia
A nice, playoff-like win against Sherbrooke last week and a rematch against the same team this. But, last week’s hiccup against BU will linger until the Stingers get another shot at Laval.
No. 7 – SMU
The Huskies are a divisive team in 2008. Never fully reaching their stride (or maybe they have?) there are many that would suggest that no tea in the AUS deserves to be ranked No. 7. But, they have fought through injuries and doubts to go into the post season as a far and away favourite to win the Atlantic title. In the CIS, that’s all that matters
No. 6 – Simon Fraser
The tiebreaker wasn’t kind to the Clan, setting up a third game against Saskatchewan. It will be tough, but the underrated SFU has shown that they can play with the Huskies. One question is whether last week’s bye will hurt or help?
No. 5 – Western
It’s not just because I’m a Laurier alum that, outside of the Laval game, I’m most interested in the Western – Laurier game this weekend. The ‘Stangs are a fascinating team, one that keeps putting up the big numbers but yet seems somewhat flawed. Perhaps critics are blinded by Western of the past 10 years when they really should be thinking of the ‘Stangs of the late 80s to early 90s. This week, with their old rivals in town, will be a barometer.
No. 4 – Saskatchewan
The Huskies don’t score enough to run and hide in games and they never seem to be a true championship contender in ‘08. But, they usually win. And they have history behind them.
No. 3 – The Golden Gaels
The Goldens are bumped down one spot because of doubts about Mike Giffin’s health.
No 2 – Montreal
The tiebreaker was downright cruel, but the streaking Carabins have to beat Laval eventually. It might as well be now.
No. 1 – Laval
It should be a hell of a battle in Ste. Foy. The last team to beat Laval there was Montreal. Can history repeat itself? It seems unlikely, but if the Rouge et Or are to win Quebec in ’08 it looks like they will need to earn it against some sold opposition.