FRC – CIS Football Top 10 (#8): Huskies beat Calgary again, up to No. 4

OTTAWA (CIS) – The Laval Rouge et Or top the Football Reporters of Canada – CIS rankings for the seventh straight week after receiving all first-place votes for the fourth time in eight polls this season.

Laval, which occupies the No. 1 spot for the 54th time in 58 national polls dating back to the start of the 2005 campaign, improved to 7-0 in conference play and remained the lone undefeated team in the country last Sunday thanks to a dominating 62-0 home victory over the Bishop's Gaiters (5-2), who drop four spots to No. 9 in the Top 10 following the lopsided result.

The Rouge et Or defence, which has allowed a CIS-low 51 points in seven outings this fall (7.3 ppg), held the visitors to 51 yards of total offence including minus 46 yards on the ground, as Laval picked up its CIS-record 41st consecutive overall home win in front of capacity crowd of 14,206 at PEPS Stadium.

The seven-time defending Quebec champions travel to Montreal on Saturday to face McGill (0-7). Laval opened the season with a 50-9 defeat of the Redmen on Sept. 5.

Behind Laval, every single team changes position in the new national rankings with the No. 2 Western Ontario Mustangs (6-1), No. 3 Regina Rams (5-1), No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies (4-2), No. 5 Ottawa Gee-Gees (6-1), No. 6 Montreal Carabins (5-2), No. 7 Calgary Dinos (4-2), No. 8 McMaster Marauders (6-2), No. 9 Bishop's and No. 10 Saint Mary's Huskies (3-3) following in order.

The biggest news of the past week in CIS football came from Saskatoon where Saskatchewan outscored Calgary 36-17 on Friday night for its second win of the campaign over the defending Canada West champions. The Huskies are up four positions in the Top 10 following their third straight victory and are now tied in the CWUAA standings with the Dinos, who drop five spots to a season-low seventh place.

Meanwhile, the No. 2 and No. 3 rankings are season highs for Western and Regina.

The Rams, who are alone atop the Canada West standings for the first time since 2001, were last ranked third or better that same year, when they opened at No. 3 for two weeks before upgrading to second place for three straight weeks (Sept. 10-24).

With the regular season coming to an end this weekend in Ontario and next week in the three other conferences, this weekend's schedule is filled with games with playoff implications highlighted by No. 7 Calgary at No. 3 Regina on Friday evening.

No. 1 Laval (7-0): Top 10 ranking: No change... Last week: 62-0 home win over then-No. 5 Bishop's (5-2)... This week: Visit McGill (0-7) on Saturday (SSN Canada video webcast, 1 p.m.)... Heads-up: In their 12 overall meetings with McGill since 2003, the Rouge et Or are 12-0 (including a 50-9 win in their 2010 opener on Sept. 5), have outscored the Redmen 629-90 for an average margin of victory of 54.1 to 7.5, have scored at least 41 points in every contest and 50 points or more eight times, and have held their rivals to 10 points or less 11 times (with the sole exception a 43-27 win in 2006)... NOTE: Not included in those results is a 6-0 Laval win on a McGill forfeit in 2005...

No. 2 Western (6-1): Top 10 ranking: Up one position... Last week: 76-0 win at York (0-7)... This week: Host Toronto (3-4) on Saturday (Rogers TV Cable 13, 1 p.m.)... Heads-up: Western is 25-0-1 in 26 regular season games versus Toronto since a 21-11 loss in 1983 (19-19 tie in 1995)... Since that conference loss in '83, the Mustangs are 30-1-1 against the Varsity Blues with their only loss a 24-16 setback in the 1993 Yates Cup final...

No. 3 Regina (5-1): Top 10 ranking: Up one position... Last week: 41-19 win at Manitoba (1-5)... This week: Host No. 7 Calgary (4-2) on Friday... Heads-up: The Rams are alone atop the Canada West standings for the first time since 2001 when they spent three weeks in first place by themselves from Sept. 8 to Sept. 28...

No. 4 Saskatchewan (4-2): Top 10 ranking: Up four positions... Last week: 36-17 home win over then-No. 2 Calgary (4-2)... This week: Visit UBC (2-4) on Friday... Heads-up: The Huskies, who dropped a 31-12 decision to UBC in Saskatoon on Sept. 10, have not lost twice in the same season to the Thunderbirds since 1987 (51-17, 27-15 – both in conference play)...

No. 5 Ottawa (6-1): Top 10 ranking: Up one position... Last week: Bye week... This week: Host Guelph (4-3) on Saturday (The Score, 1 p.m.)... Heads-up: The Gee-Gees are 11-1 overall all-time versus Guelph - all since rejoining the OUA in 2001 - with their lone loss to the Gryphons a 20-19 setback in the 2003 regular season...

No. 6 Montreal (5-2): Top 10 ranking: Up one position... Last week: 30-7 win at McGill (0-7)... This week: Host Concordia (3-4) on Friday... Heads-up: Montreal beat Concordia 29-8 on Sept. 11 to improve to 6-8 overall against its cross-town rivals since re-launching its football program in 2002...

No. 7 Calgary (4-2): Top 10 ranking: Down five positions... Last week: 36-17 loss at then-No. 8 Saskatchewan (4-2)... This week: Visit No. 3 Regina (5-1) on Friday... Heads-up: Calgary is riding a five-game overall winning streak over Regina dating back to a 42-16 regular-season loss in 2007...

No. 8 McMaster (6-2): Top 10 ranking: Up one position... Last week: 40-21 win at Toronto (3-4)... This week: Bye week... Heads-up: McMaster finishes third in OUA (can't move up or down) and will host a conference quarter-final on Oct. 30...

No. 9 Bishop's (5-2): Top 10 ranking: Down four positions... Last week: 62-0 loss at No. 1 Laval (7-0)... This week: Host Sherbrooke (3-4) on Saturday (SRC, 1 p.m.)... Heads-up: The Gaiters, who beat cross-town rival Sherbrooke 40-10 on Oct. 8, are looking to win six games in a regular season for the first time since they finished 6-1 in 1993...

No. 10 Saint Mary's (3-3): Top 10 ranking: Unranked last week... Last week: 41-6 home win over StFX (1-5)... This week: Host Mount Allison (3-3) on Saturday (haligonia.ca video webcast, 2 p.m. Atlantic)... Heads-Up: Before losing 23-21 to Mount Allison on Sept. 25, Saint Mary's had won 22 straight overall against the Mounties dating back to a 36-3 conference loss on Oct. 24, 1998 (does not include an exhibition win in 2000)...

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#8)

                               Pts (1st place) - Last week

1. Laval (7-0)               500 (40)         1
2. Western (6-1)           425               3
3. Regina (5-1)             393                4
4. Saskatchewan (4-2)  334                8
5. Ottawa (6-1)            273               6
6. Montreal (5-2)          262                7
7. Calgary (4-2)            217               2
8. McMaster (6-2)         127               9
9. Bishop's (5-2)           125                5
10. Saint Mary's (3-3)     26              NR

Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (11), Guelph (7), Wilfrid Laurier (6), Mount Allison (1).

CIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (all times LOCAL)

Note: Complete webcast and radio schedules at http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/fball/2010-11/schedule

October 22
19:00 Concordia (3-4) at No. 6 Montreal (5-2)
19:00 No. 7 Calgary (4-2) at No. 3 Regina (5-1)
19:00 No. 4 Saskatchewan (4-2) at UBC (2-4)

October 23
13:00 Sherbrooke (3-4) at No. 9 Bishop's (5-2) (TV: SRC / Web: SRC & SSN Canada)
13:00 No. 1 Laval (7-0) at McGill (0-7) (Web: SSN Canada)
13:00 Toronto (3-4) at No. 2 Western (6-1) (TV: Rogers Cable 13)
13:00 Guelph (4-3) at No. 5 Ottawa (6-1) (TV: The Score)
13:00 York (0-7) at Queen's (2-5) (TV: TVCogeco Local 13 – tape delayed)
13:00 Laurier (3-4) at Windsor (2-5) (TV: TVCogeco Local 11)
13:00 Manitoba (1-5) at Alberta (2-4) (TV: Shaw)
14:00 Mount Allison (3-3) at No. 10 Saint Mary's (3-3) (Web: haligonia.ca)
14:00 Acadia (3-3) at StFX (1-5) (TV: EastLink / Web: EastLink & SSN Canada)

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