FRC – CIS Football Top 10 (#8): Gryphons upset Western, move past Mustangs in new rankings

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The Laval Rouge et Or (6-0) top the CIS football national rankings for the eighth time in as many media polls this season following another remarkable performance by rookie sensation Hugo Richard.

For the eighth 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.

While the Calgary Dinos (5-1) and McMaster Marauders (7-0) hold on to the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, there is a lot of movement behind the leading trio in the new media poll.

Following in order are the Montreal Carabins (5-1 / up one position) and Guelph Gryphons (6-1 / up two), who find themselves in a tie for fourth place, the No. 6 Western Mustangs (5-2 / down two), No. 7 Mount Allison Mounties (7-0 / no change), No. 8 Concordia Stingers (4-2 / up one), No. 9 Manitoba Bisons (3-3 / previously unranked) and No. 10 Saskatchewan Huskies (4-2 / down two).

Top-ranked Laval dominated Bishop’s 64-3 on Sunday in front of 13,242 in Quebec City to extend its CIS-record streaks for consecutive wins overall (24) and consecutive victories on home turf (69).

Quarterback Hugo Richard continued to make a case for rookie-of-the-year or even league-MVP honours as he threw for an RSEQ-record seven touchdown passes along with 506 yards, a new team standard, in three quarters of action. The super freshman currently leads the country in passing yards per game (343.5) and TD strikes (19), while his completion percentage (68.4) ranks second in the nation.

Meanwhile at Guelph, in the most-anticipated game of the past weekend, Daniel Ferraro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1.7 seconds left on the clock to lift the Gryphons to a thrilling 49-46 triumph over Western. Senior quarterback Jazz Lindsey was also a major factor in the win with a school-record 514 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Other results from Top-10 teams over the weekend included Calgary 52, Alberta 37 (at Alberta); McMaster 27, Laurier 10 (at McMaster); Mount Allison 33, Acadia 5 (at Acadia); Manitoba 41, Saskatchewan 8 (at Manitoba).

Montreal and Concordia both enjoyed a break in their RSEQ schedule.

Western is once again involved in the CIS “game of the week” this coming weekend as league play comes to an end in Ontario. The Mustangs host Windsor (5-2) Saturday at 1 p.m. for third place in the OUA standings (Rogers TV & Rogers Sports + & OUA.TV).

NOTES: The 50th TELUS Vanier Cup Tour makes a pair of visits to Sherbrooke, Que., on Saturday, stopping at Bishop’s for the Carabins-Gaiters duel at 1 p.m. (live on Radio-Canada) before making its way down the road for the Concordia-Sherbrooke contest at 4 p.m…. For all the information on the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup (including ticket info) visit vaniercup.com.

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#8)

Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Laval (6-0) 300 (30) 1
2. Calgary (5-1) 267 2
3. McMaster (7-0) 242 3
T4. Montreal (5-1) 193 5
T4. Guelph (6-1) 193 6
6. Western (5-2) 135 4
7. Mt. Allison (7-0)126 7
8. Concordia (4-2) 78 9
9. Manitoba (3-3)48 NR
10. Saskatchewan (4-2 34 8

Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (33), Windsor (4).

WEEK 8 RESULTS

October 17
Manitoba 41, Saskatchewan 8 (at Manitoba)

October 18
Mount Allison 33, Acadia 5 (at Acadia)
StFX 36, Saint Mary’s 6 (at StFX)
McMaster 27, Laurier 10 (at McMaster)
Carleton 21, Windsor 18 (at Carleton)
Sherbrooke 45, McGill 0 (at McGill)
Queen’s 57, York 10 (at Queen’s)
Guelph 49, Western 46 (at Guelph)
Toronto 61, Waterloo 13 (at Toronto)
Calgary 52, Alberta 37 (at Alberta)
UBC 33, Regina 32 (at UBC)

October 19
Laval 64, Bishop’s 3 (at Laval)

WEEK 9 SCHEDULE (all times local)

October 24
19:00 No. 1 Laval (6-0) at McGill (0-6) (SSN Canada & ici.radio-canada.ca Quebec)

October 25
13:00 Windsor (5-2) at No. 6 Western (5-2) (Rogers TV & Rogers Sports + & OUA.TV)
13:00 Waterloo (0-7) at York (0-7) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 3 McMaster (7-0) at Ottawa (4-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 Queen’s (2-5) at Carleton (4-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 4 Guelph (6-1) at Laurier (4-3) (OUA.TV)
13:00 No. 4 Montreal (5-1) at Bishop’s (1-5) (Radio-Canada TV & ici.radio-canada.ca & Gaiters TV)
13:30 Alberta (3-3) at No. 10 Saskatchewan (4-2) (CanadaWest.TV)
14:00 StFX (4-3) at No. 7 Mount Allison (7-0) (Eastlink TV & AUStv.ca)
14:00 Acadia (2-5) at Saint Mary’s (0-7) (AUStv.ca)
14:00 No. 9 Manitoba (3-3) at Regina (1-5) (Shaw TV & CanadaWest.TV)
14:00 UBC (2-4) at No. 2 Calgary (5-1) (CanadaWest.TV)
16:00 No. 8 Concordia (4-2) at Sherbrooke (3-3)

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

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

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