FRC – CIS Football Top 10 (#3): Laval still No. 1, Big Three resumes domination

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The Laval Rouge et Or top the CIS football national rankings for the third time in as many polls this season after they moved to 2-0 in league play thanks to their second straight domination of a Top-10 opponent.

For the third consecutive week, the reigning two-time Vanier Cup champions received all 30 first-place votes and a perfect 300 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 2 Calgary Dinos (2-0 / 267 points / no change), No. 3 Western Mustangs (2-0 / 243 / no change), No. 4 McMaster Marauders (3-0 / 194 / no change), No. 5 Montreal Carabins (1-1 / 172 / no change), No. 6 Guelph Gryphons (2-1 / 128 / up one), No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0 / 127 / down one), No. 8 Mount Allison Mounties (2-0 / 74 / up two), as well as the No. 9 Manitoba Bisons (1-1 / 61) and No. 10 Concordia Stingers (2-0 / 14), both unranked last Tuesday.

For the second week in a row, the Big Three of Laval, Calgary and Western proved why they are the overwhelming early season favourites within their respective conferences.

After opening the campaign on Sept. 6 with a 40-13 home win over archrival Montreal, top-ranked Laval travelled to Sherbrooke and crushed the Vert & Or – ranked No. 9 prior to the contest – 43-1 to set a new program record with its 20th consecutive overall victory dating back to 2012. The Rouge et Or will have a chance to tie McMaster’s CIS mark of 21 straight wins on Saturday when they return to Sherbrooke to face Bishop’s (0-2).

Meanwhile, Calgary and Western were also big winners on the road last Saturday, dominating UBC 59-11 and Queen’s 43-12, respectively.

Other results from Top-10 teams this past weekend include No. 4 McMaster 37, Carleton 17 (at McMaster); No. 5 Montreal 41, Bishop’s 7 (at Montreal); No. 6 Guelph 42, Ottawa 7 (at Ottawa); No. 7 Saskatchewan 42, Alberta 41 in overtime (at Alberta); No. 8 Mount Allison 27, StFX 25 (at StFX); No. 9 Manitoba 42, Regina 18 (at Manitoba); No. 10 Concordia 41, McGill 7 (at McGill).

The only Top-10 confrontation on this week’s schedule sees No. 2 Calgary battle No. 7 Saskatchewan Friday at 7 p.m. Central in Saskatoon, live on CanadaWest.TV.

NOTES: McMaster’s record run of 21 straight wins overall in 2011 and 2012 ended with a 37-14 loss to Laval in the Vanier Cup… After going 0-8 a year ago, Concordia is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008 and is ranked nationally for the first time since Sept. 7, 2010 (No. 10)… The 50th TELUS Vanier Cup Tour makes a stop in the nation’s capital on Saturday for the annual Panda Game between the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at TD Place at Lansdowne (live on Rogers TV in Ottawa and OUA.TV). For all the information on the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup (including ticket info) visit vaniercup.com.

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#3)

Pts (1st place)Last week
1. Laval (2-0) 300 (30) 1
2. Calgary (2-0) 2672
3. Western (2-0)243 3
4. McMaster (3-0) 1944
5. Montreal (1-1) 1725
6. Guelph (2-1) 1287
7. Saskatchewan (2-0)1276
8. Mt. Allison (2-0)7410
9. Manitoba (1-1) 61NR
10. Concordia (2-0)14NR *

Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (14), Ottawa (10), Windsor (10), Laurier (2), Acadia (1).

* Concordia gets the nod over Sherbrooke at No. 10 thanks to a greater number of higher-placed votes.

WEEK 3 RESULTS

September 12
Concordia 41, McGill 7 (at McGill)
Montreal 41, Bishop’s 7 (at Montreal)
Manitoba 42, Regina 18 (at Manitoba)

September 13
Laurier 44, Waterloo 0 (at Laurier)
Western 43, Queen’s 12 (at Queen’s)
Guelph 42, Ottawa 7 (at Ottawa)
Laval 43, Sherbrooke 1 (at Sherbrooke)
Toronto 70, York 0 (at Toronto)
McMaster 37, Carleton 17 (at McMaster)
Acadia 16, Saint Mary’s 13 (at Acadia)
Mount Allison 27, StFX 25 (at StFX)
Calgary 59, UBC 11 (at UBC)
Saskatchewan 42, Alberta 41 OT (at Alberta)

WEEK 4 SCHEDULE (all times local)

September 19
19:00Sherbrooke (1-1) at No. 10 Concordia (2-0) (StretchTV)
19:00McGill (0-2) at No. 5 Montreal (1-1)
19:00No. 2 Calgary (2-0) at No. 7 Saskatchewan (2-0) (CanadaWest.TV)

September 20
13:00Windsor (2-0) at Waterloo (0-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00No. 1 Laval (2-0) at Bishop’s (0-2) (Radio-Canada TV & ici.radio-canada.ca & Gaiters TV)
13:00Queen’s (0-3) at No. 6 Guelph (2-1) (OUA.TV)
13:00No. 4 McMaster (3-0) at York (0-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00Ottawa (2-1) at Carleton (1-1) (Rogers TV Ottawa & OUA.TV)
13:00Toronto (1-2) at No. 3 Western (2-0) (OUA.TV)
14:00Saint Mary’s (0-2) at No. 8 Mount Allison (2-0) (Eastlink TV & AUStv.ca)
14:00StFX (1-1) at Acadia (1-1) (AUStv.ca)
14:00UBC (0-2) at No. 9 Manitoba (1-1) (CanadaWest.TV)
17:00Regina (1-1) at Alberta (0-2) (Shaw TV & CanadaWest.TV)

About Football Reporters of Canada

Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) represents journalists and broadcasters in every region of the country covering CIS Football. Since 1958, Football Reporters of Canada has been an organization of 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 by its members. In 2009, the FRC amalgamated with the University Football Reporters of Canada (UFRC) to give the organization greater scope in its affiliation with amateur and college football. FRC also works with the CFL and CIS to establish guidelines and working conditions for the men and women who report on the game. Selected members of FRC also help to choose builders, players and media members for induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup

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

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

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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