Sept. 18, 2012, OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning Vanier Cup champion McMaster Marauders top the Football Reporters of Canada – CIS rankings for the fourth time in as many polls this season.
After receiving all 30 first-place nods from the FRC panel each of the past two weeks, the Marauders (3-0) lose one No. 1 vote to the second-ranked Calgary Dinos (3-0) in the new Top 10.
Behind the two leaders, all other teams are on the move in this week’s media poll.
The Montreal Carabins (3-0) and Laval Rouge et Or (3-0) switch places and are now ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The No. 5 Queen’s Gaels (3-0) and No. 6 Western Mustangs (2-1) also exchange positions.
The No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies (2-1) are up two spots. The No. 8 Manitoba Bisons (2-1) are down one. The Regina Rams (2-1) are up one to No. 9, while the Sherbrooke Vert & Or (2-1) crack the Top 10 for the first time this fall, in tenth place.
Top-ranked McMaster crushed Ottawa (0-3) 45-16 in the nation’s capital on Saturday and has now scored at least 40 points in eight straight games going back to last season. The Marauders, who have outscored their opponents 163 to 46 in the first three weeks of league play, should face their biggest test so far in 2012 when they host No. 5 Queen’s on Saturday.
Calgary has been equally impressive early in the season and is the only undefeated in Canada West following a 33-12 road victory over nationally-ranked Manitoba.
Like McMaster and Calgary, third-ranked Montreal has rolled over its opponents in the first three weeks of conference action. The Carabins beat Bishop’s 45-15 last weekend to register their third straight success by 24 points or more.
Laval drops one spot in the Top 10 for the second week in a row despite a 31-7 defeat of reigning AUS champion Acadia (1-1) which extended its CIS-record home winning streak to 53 consecutive games overall going back to 2004. The Rouge et Or had been the top-ranked Quebec team for 26 straight national polls going back to October of 2009.
In the feature match-up of Week 3, Queen’s edged Western 18-11 in front of 10,077 delighted fans at Richardson Stadium in Kingston. Senior running back Ryan Granberg, who finished the contest with 168 rushing yards, scored the winning touchdown on a 19-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Other results by Top-10 teams last weekend were Saskatchewan 39, UBC 34 (at UBC); Regina 31, Alberta 17 (at Alberta); Sherbrooke 23, Saint Mary’s 22 (at Saint Mary’s).
A trio of Top-10 battles highlights the Week 4 schedule. In addition to No. 5 Queen’s at No. 1 McMaster on Saturday, No. 9 Regina visits No. 7 Saskatchewan on Friday night, and No. 10 Sherbrooke is at No. 3 Montreal on Saturday afternoon.