FRC – CIS Football Top 10 (#1): Reigning Vanier Cup champion Laval opens season at No. 1

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OTTAWA (CIS) – For the second consecutive season and theeighth time in 10 years, the Laval Rouge et Or top the firstnational ranking of the CIS football season.

The Rouge et Or, who last November repeated as Vanier Cupchampions and have now won a record eight CIS titles in programhistory, were a unanimous choice at No.

1 in the first poll of2014, receiving all 30 first-place votes and 300 points from theFootball Reporters of Canada panel.

Following in order in the inaugural Top 10 are the second-rankedCalgary Dinos (260 points), No. 3 Western Mustangs (250), No. 4Montreal Carabins (164), No. 5 McMaster Marauders (144), No. 6Manitoba Bisons (140), No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds (80), No. 8 GuelphGryphons (60), No. 9 Queen’s Gaels (56) and No. 10Saskatchewan Huskies (56).

In a rematch of last year’s Vanier Cup final, Laval hostedCalgary in pre-season action last Saturday in Quebec City and onceagain came out on top, this time by a 35-23 score in front of10,210 fans at TELUS-UL Stadium. The Rouge et Or face a serioustest on Saturday night when they open their RSEQ schedule at homeagainst archrival Montreal, which they edged 14-11 in lastfall’s Dunsmore Cup final.

The Dinos also open conference play at home, on Friday, againstAlberta.

The regular season got under way on Labour Day in the OUA withMcMaster coming back to edge Guelph 34-27 in overtime,Queen’s defeating Windsor 39-30, Ottawa dominating York 51-7,Laurier cruising to a 53-17 victory over Toronto, and Carletonoutscoring Waterloo 33-14 for its first win since returning to CISfootball a year ago.

Reigning OUA champion Western enjoyed a bye week and kicks offits Yates Cup title defence Saturday at York.

Defending AUS titlist Mount Allison opens at home againstAcadia, also on Saturday.

NOTES: Laval has claimed a CIS-record 11 straight conferencetitles and has won 65 straight games at home overall since 2004,another CIS mark… Calgary has captured a record six consecutiveCanada West banners… The 50th TELUS Vanier Cup Tour kicks off onSaturday with stops in Montreal in the afternoon (Bishop’s atConcordia) and Quebec City at night (Montreal at Laval)… For allthe information on the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup (including ticketinfo) visit www.vaniercup.com

FRC –CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#1)

Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Laval (0-0) 300 (30) –
2. Calgary (0-0) 260 –
3. Western (0-0) 250 –
4. Montreal (0-0) 164 –
5. McMaster (1-0) 144 –
6. Manitoba (0-0) 140 –
7. UBC (0-0) 80 –
8. Guelph (0-1) 60 –
9. Queen’s (1-0) 56 * –
10. Saskatchewan (0-0) 56 –

* Queen’s edges Saskatchewan for ninth place thanks toa higher number of higher-place votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (36), Sherbrooke (26), MountAllison (20), Laurier (16), Bishop’s (14), Ottawa (12),Regina (6), Windsor (2), Carleton (1).

2014PRE-SEASON RESULTS

August 23
McGill 35, Toronto 33 (at Toronto)

August 24
Concordia 25, Queen’s 18 (at Queen’s)
Carleton 53, York 11 (at Carleton)
Montreal 38, Guelph 10 (at Montreal)

August 29
Regina 40, Alberta 28 (at Regina)

August 30
Laval 35, Calgary 23 (at Laval)
Sherbrooke 21, Bishop’s 8 (at Sherbrooke)
Mount Allison 18, StFX 8 (at Mount Allison)
Acadia 34, Saint Mary’s 5 (at Acadia)

2014 REGULARSEASON SCHEDULE & RESULTS: WEEKS 1 & 2 (all timeslocal)

NOTE: Click HERE for the complete 2014 regular season schedule

September 1
Queen’s 39, Windsor 30 (at Windsor)
Carleton 33, Waterloo 14 (at Waterloo)
Ottawa 51, York 7 (at Ottawa)
McMaster 34, Guelph 27 OT (at McMaster)
Laurier 53, Toronto 17 (at Toronto)

September 5
17:30 Alberta at Calgary (www.CanadaWest.TV)
19:00 StFX at Saint Mary’s (www.AUStv.ca)
19:00 Manitoba at Saskatchewan (Shaw TV & www.CanadaWest.TV)
19:00 UBC at Regina (www.CanadaWest.TV)

September 6
13:00 Toronto at Guelph (www.OUA.TV)
13:00 Ottawa at Queen’s (www.OUA.TV)
13:00 McMaster at Waterloo (www.OUA.TV)
13:00 Western at York (www.OUA.TV)
13:00 Laurier at Windsor (TVCogeco & www.OUA.TV)
13:00 Bishop’s at Concordia (Radio-Canada & ici.radio-canada.ca & StretchTV)
14:00 Acadia at Mount Allison (Eastlink TV & www.AUStv.ca)
16:00 McGill at Sherbrooke
19:00 Montreal at Laval (ici.radio-canada.ca Quebec)

About Football Reporters of Canada

Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) represents journalists andbroadcasters in every region of the country covering CIS Football.Since 1958, Football Reporters of Canada has been an organizationof media members who have covered the Canadian Football League,serving to select the league’s outstanding players,coach-of-the-year and all-star teams through voting conducted byits members. In 2009, the FRC amalgamated with the UniversityFootball Reporters of Canada (UFRC) to give the organizationgreater scope in its affiliation with amateur and college football.FRC also works with the CFL and CIS to establish guidelines andworking conditions for the men and women who report on the game.Selected members of FRC also help to choose builders, players andmedia members for induction into the Canadian Football Hall ofFame.

About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup

Canadian Interuniversity Sport will celebrate the 50th TELUSVanier Cup throughout its 2014 football season. For the first timein history, the championship game will be staged in Montreal – atPercival Molson Memorial Stadium – on Saturday, November 29, at 1p.m. ET, live on Sportsnet and Radio-Canada.

Official TELUS Vanier Cup website (including ticketinformation)www.vaniercup.com

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and fourregional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12different sports. CIS also provides high performance internationalopportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and SummerUniversiades, as well as numerous world university championships.For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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