FRC – CIS Football Top 10 (#3): Laval stays on top, losers punished by FRC voters

Photo credit Dominique Bernier

OTTAWA (CIS) – To no one’s surprise, the Laval Rouge et Or (2-0) stay on top of the FRC-CIS Football Top 10 poll for the third consecutive week after a 24-14 win over Montreal (1-1) in front of 16,046 in Quebec City. Despite the setback, Montreal remains at No. 6 in the rankings.

For the first time this season however, the reigning Vanier Cup champion Rouge et Or didn’t sweep the first-place votes as two nods went to the second-ranked Western Ontario Mustangs (2-0) after their 48-21 thrashing of McMaster in Hamilton in front of 5,563 at Ron Joyce Stadium.

McMaster (1-1) paid the price for its home opening loss, slipping four spots in the poll to No. 7.

The two remaining undefeated teams in the Canada West conference both move up a notch after improving to 2-0 in league play.

For the second straight week, the No. 3 Calgary Dinos marched on their final drive for a come-from-behind victory, this time 30-25 over UBC. The Thunderbirds (1-1), who entered the contest at No. 10, drop out of the Top 10 this week.

Meanwhile in Saskatoon, the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies celebrated their 100th anniversary in style, setting a regular season attendance record of 7,370. The overcapacity crowd went home happy as the Huskies won the battle of Saskatchewan 33-10 over the Regina Rams (0-2).

Rounding out this week’s top five are the Sherbrooke Vert & Or (2-0), who continued their steady move up the charts thanks to a 39-13 win over McGill (0-2) at Percival Molson Stadium. The “Foxes”, who reached the Quebec final for the first time in team history in 2010, were ranked seventh last Tuesday.

The top-ranked team in the AUS, the Saint Mary’s Huskies (1-0), moves up one spot to eighth after opening league play with a convincing 54-14 win over Mount Allison.

The two new arrivals in the FRC-CIS Top 10 are in the final two spots. Voters could not ignore the Ottawa Gee Gees’ 2-0 record, while the Windsor Lancers (2-0) were rewarded for their stunning 41-40 upset of Laurier, which was decided on a return punt single.

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#3)

Pts (1st place) - Last week
 
1. Laval (2-0)                288 (27)           1
2. Western (2-0)           262 (2)             2
3. Calgary (2-0)             215                  4
4. Saskatchewan (2-0)  206                  5
5. Sherbrooke (2-0)       146                  7
6. Montreal (1-1)            138                  6
7. McMaster (1-1)           118                  3
8. Saint Mary`s (1-0)       81                   9
9. Ottawa (2-0)                71                 NR
10. Windsor (2-0)             21                 NR

Other teams receiving votes: UBC 14, Concordia 11, Laurier 10, Acadia 4, Manitoba 2.

How last week’s FRC-CIS Top 10 teams did: 

No. 1 Laval (2-0): beat No. 6 Montreal 24-14
No. 2 Western Ontario (2-0): won at No. 3 McMaster 48-21
No. 3 McMaster (1-1): lost to No. 2 Western 48-21
No. 4 Calgary (2-0): beat No. 10 UBC 30-25
No. 5 Saskatchewan (2-0): beat Regina 33-10
No. 6 Montreal (1-1): lost at No. 1 Laval 24-14
No. 7 Sherbrooke (2-0): beat McGill 39-13
No. 8 Laurier (1-1): lost to Windsor 41-40
No. 9 Saint Mary’s (1-0): beat Mount Allison 54-14
No. 10 UBC (1-1): lost at No. 4 Calgary 30-25

CIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: SEPT. 16-17 (all times LOCAL)

Note: Complete webcast and radio schedules at
http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/fball/2011-12/schedule

Friday, September 16:
Calgary at Regina, 7 pm MDT

Saturday, September 17:
McGill at Acadia, 2 pm ADT
Bishop’s at Mount Allison, 2 pm ADT
Saint Mary’s at Montreal, 1 pm EDT (Radio-Canada)
StFX at Concordia, 1 pm EDT
Guelph at Toronto, 1 pm EDT (The Score)
Laurier at Queen’s, 1 pm EDT
Ottawa at Western, 1 pm EDT
York at Waterloo, 1 pm EDT
Saskatchewan at Manitoba, 1 pm CDT (SHAW, SHAW Direct 299)
Alberta at UBC, 2 pm PDT
Laval at Sherbrooke, 7 pm EDT
McMaster at Windsor, 7 pm EDT

-CIS-

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