Top 27 for Oct 21
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No. 27 – York
There is a lot of work ahead. The Lions might even be at a lower point than U of T was at any time.
No. 26 – McGill
What makes McGill’s situation even bleaker is that they play in a league that is becoming the most competitive in the country.
No. 25 – Acadia
On week one of the season Acadia held SMU, and its third string QB, to 344 total yards of offense. It was the team’s best defensive performance of the year.
No. 24 – Toronto
For the Blues, No. 24 is a good year.
No. 23 – Windsor
The Lancers were a team without direction or identity in 2008. As a result they are back to square one in their efforts to become a player in Ontario
No. 22 – Waterloo
The Warriors seemed to get a little better each week and seem poised to battle for a playoff spot in ’09.
No. 21 – Alberta
Something is wrong. The Bears aren’t bad, but…something is wrong.
No. 20 – Mount Allison
Kelly Hughes is having a hell of a season. But, you probably don’t want a situation where your starting QB out gains your top back by 159 yards, like last week against SMU, all too often. Not if you want to be a championship team anyway.
No. 19 – Bishop’s
A nice win last week—and it wasn’t all Lee either (although his 189 yards was a big part of it, obviously). The consistency hasn’t been there for a higher ranking, but BU is still on the fringe of the playoff race with a game to play.
No. 18 – UBC
The Thunderbirds are likely better than their record—there have been a couple close losses in the 2-5 record. But, woulda, coulda, shoulda only goes so far.
No. 17 – McMaster
Good enough for a playoff spot, but not much more. WLU put 50-points on the board two weeks ago. It’s hard to see what will be different in the rematch.
No. 16 – Guelph
An ugly loss—and a Nick Fitzgibbons injury scare—can not be how Guelph wanted to go into the playoffs. They won’t be taking anyone by surprise this year.
No. 15 – St FX
The X-Men seems to be improving. Next week against SMU will be a key measure.
No. 14 – Regina
It’s easy to default to a QB’s play when handicapping—often logical too. With Regina it can come down to Orban. He is, when he is on, good enough to win games by himself. So, far that hasn’t happened enough this year. But, Regina can still play its way into the playoffs.
No. 13 – Ottawa
39-30? To Toronto? Really??
No. 12 – Sherbrooke
Last week’s big loss to Laval had to scare the hell out of the rest of the conference and country. Maybe Sherb’s strength was a bit overstated, but…
No. 11 -- Wilfrid Laurier
Hanging around basically ignored in the OUA, the Hawks have pushed the record to 6-2. It’s a nice building block for the 2009 Yates run. It seems unlikely they can step up to challenge Western or Queen’s this year, however.
No. 10 – Manitoba
They still have to get in, but the champs have played their way back into the conversation—even with the loss to Calgary last week. CanWest is wide open, experience might mean something in the playoffs.
No. 9 – Concordia
An inability to stop Lee last week is troublesome for the Stingers. Are they tough enough to step up in the playoffs? Suddenly, what looked like an underrated team a week ago now seem a bit inflated.
No. 8 – Calgary
The Dinos haven’t punched above their weight class in 2008. They are clearly the third best team in Canada West, but anymore needs to be shown on the field at this point.
No. 7 – Simon Fraser
It’s unclear whether the Clan are explosive enough to win a title, but with a tough loss they proved last week that they deserve to be taken seriously.
No. 6 – Saint Mary’s
The biggest advantage SMU has it that it seems unlikely they will be pushed prior to the Bowl game (although X fans will want to make me eat those words this week).
No. 5 – Western
A really nice win against a tough Guelph team helped to erase some of the doubts that were out there about the ‘Stangs. Remember, statistically speaking, Western played Queen’s a lot closer in the regular season than the final score would seem to indicate.
No 4 – Saskatchewan
It was a gut check kind of win against SFU. And, the type of game that Saskatchewan always seems to win. No one wants to grab a hold of CanWest, so you might as well go with the default.
No. 3 – Montreal
Just a very solid defensive minded football team that seems to be getting a bit better each week. Can they defeat Laval…well, history would suggest not.
No. 2 – Queen’s
Since no one wants to grab hold of the No. 2 spot, I have to bow to the record. 8-0 is 8-0…in any conference. Here’s hoping for Queen’s sake that Giffin’s injury isn’t as bad as some are suggesting it might be and they are able to go into the playoffs at full strength.
No. 1 – Laval
There is an irony to Laval this year. Although it might be the weakest Rouge et Or team in several years, it seems more likely to win the Vanier than at any other time in the past five years. It's just that every other top program has questions this year. And Laval is Laval.