FRC – CIS Football Top 10 (#2): Laval new No. 1, Calgary drops to No. 5

OTTAWA (CIS) – The Laval Rouge et Or return to a familiar place this week as the seven-time defending Quebec champions climb up one position to top the second Football Reporters of Canada – CIS national poll of the season.
 
The Rouge et Or, who had opened at No. 1 five years running before opening in second place behind the Calgary Dinos last Tuesday, received 24 of the available 40 first-place votes and 439 points in the new rankings to edge the Saskatchewan Huskies, who are also up one spot to No. 2 this week after earning the remaining 16 first-place nods and 432 points from FRC members.   
 
Laval (1-0) kicked off conference play on Sunday with a dominating 50-9 home win over McGill (0-1). The perennial QUFL powerhouse got off to a somewhat slow start and was only leading 10-2 at halftime but exploded for 40 points after the break.
 
The Rouge et Or is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the 48th time in 52 polls dating back to the start of the 2005 campaign.
 
Saskatchewan (1-0) opened the Canada West schedule on Saturday night with a convincing 34-13 road win over Calgary (0-1), which drops all the way to No. 5 following the lopsided result.
 
Rounding out this week’s Top 10 are No. 3 Ottawa (2-0), No. 4 Saint Mary’s (0-0), No. 6 McMaster (2-0), No. 7 Montreal (1-0), No. 8 Western Ontario (1-1), No. 9 Regina (1-0) and No. 10 Concordia (1-0).
 
Ottawa and McMaster are both off to 2-0 starts in OUA play.
 
The No. 3 Gee-Gees - who were ranked No. 5 last week - went on the road last Tuesday to defeat Windsor (0-1) 23-14, before scoring a 20-19 comeback win over Western in their home opener on Labour Day Monday.
 
The No. 6 Marauders – ranked No. 10 a week ago - got a pair of home wins against teams that dropped out of the Top 10 this week. They edged defending Vanier Cup champion Queen’s (0-1) 23-18 last Tuesday, before erasing a 22-0 deficit to beat Laurier (0-2) on Labour Day Monday.
 
A trio of Top-10 matchups highlight the upcoming weekend of CIS football: No. 9 Regina at No. 5 Calgary on Friday; No. 6 McMaster at No. 8 Western on Saturday (The Score, 1 p.m.); No. 7 Montreal at No. 10 Concordia on Saturday (SRC, 1 p.m.).
 
No. 1 Laval (1-0): Top 10 ranking: Up one position from No. 2... Last week: Opened season with 50-9 home win vs. McGill (0-1)... This week: Visit Sherbrooke (0-1) on Saturday.
 
No. 2 Saskatchewan (1-0): Top 10 ranking: Up one position from No. 3... Last week: Opened season with 34-13 road win vs. No. 5 Calgary (0-1), which was ranked No. 1 prior to the game... This week: Host UBC (0-1) on Friday. 
 
No. 3 Ottawa (2-0): Top 10 ranking: Up two positions from No. 5... Last week: Opened season with 23-14 win at Windsor (1-1), before edging No. 8 Western (1-1) 20-19 at home on Labour Day Monday... This week: Visit York (0-1) on Saturday.
 
No. 4 Saint Mary’s (0-0): Top 10 ranking: No change... Last week: Did not play... Open regular season at Acadia (0-0) on Saturday (EastLink, 2 p.m. Atlantic Time).
 
No. 5 Calgary (0-1): Top 10 ranking: Down four positions from No. 1... Last week: Opened season with 34-13 home loss vs. No. 2 Saskatchewan (1-0)... This week: Host No. 9 Regina (1-0) on Friday.
 
No. 6 McMaster (2-0): Top 10 ranking: Up four positions from No. 10... Last week: Opened season with 23-18 home win vs. defending Vanier Cup champion Queen’s (0-1), before edging Wilfrid Laurier (0-2) 26-24 at home on Labour Day Monday... This week: Visit No. 8 Western (1-1) on Saturday (The Score, 1 p.m.).
 
No. 7 Montreal (1-0): Top 10 ranking: No change... Last week: Opened season with 33-29 home win vs. Sherbrooke (0-1)... This week: Visit No. 10 Concordia (1-0) on Saturday (SRC, 1 p.m.).
 
No. 8 Western (1-1): Top 10 ranking: Up one position from No. 9... Last week: Opened season with 46-1 home win vs. Wilfrid Laurier (0-2), before losing 20-19 at No. 3 Ottawa (2-0) on Labour Day Monday... This week: Host No. 6 McMaster (2-0) on Saturday (The Score, 1 p.m.).
 
No. 9 Regina (1-0): Top 10 ranking: Unranked last week... Last week: Opened season with 45-11 home win vs. Manitoba (0-1)... This week: Visit No. 5 Calgary (0-1) on Friday.
 
No. 10 Concordia (1-0): Top 10 ranking: Unranked last week... Last week: Opened season with 17-14 win at Bishop’s (0-1)... This week: Host No. 7 Montreal (1-0) on Saturday (SRC, 1 p.m.).
 
FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#2)
 
                                             Pts (1st place)  Last week
 
1. Laval (1-0)                          439 (24)             2
2. Saskatchewan (1-0)            432 (16)            3
3. Ottawa (2-0)                       300                    5
4. Saint Mary’s (0-0)                271 *                 4
5. Calgary (0-1)                       271                    1
6. McMaster (2-0)                    209                   10
7. Montreal (1-0)                     201                     7
8. Western (1-1)                     168                     9
9. Regina (1-0)                          70                    NR
10. Concordia (1-0)                   33                    NR
 
Other teams receiving votes: Wilfrid Laurier (32), Sherbrooke (26), StFX (12), Alberta (8), Guelph (3), McGill (2).

CIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (all times LOCAL)
 
Note: Complete webcast and radio schedules at http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/fball/2010-11/schedule 
 
September 10
19:00   UBC (0-1) at No. 2 Saskatchewan (1-0)
19:00   No. 9 Regina (1-0) at No. 5 Calgary (0-1)
 
September 11
13:00   Bishop’s (0-1) at McGill (0-1)
13:00   No. 7 Montreal (1-0) at No. 10 Concordia (1-0) (SRC)
13:00   No. 6 McMaster (2-0) at No. 8 Western (1-1) (The Score)
13:00   No. 3 Ottawa (2-0) at York (0-1)
14:00   No. 4 Saint Mary’s (0-0) at Acadia (0-0) (EastLink)
14:00   Alberta (1-0) at Manitoba (0-1) (Shaw)
14:30   StFX (0-0) at Mount Allison (0-0)
19:00   No. 1 Laval (1-0) at Sherbrooke (0-1)
19:00   Toronto (0-2) at Laurier (0-2)
 
September 12
13:00   Windsor (1-1) at Queen’s (0-1) (TVCogeco Local 13 – tape delayed)
 
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