Calgary Stampeders Week 8 Ranking: 1 Thanks to a 21-point fourth-quarter outburst, the Stampeders managed to dispose of the REDBLACKS and hang onto their number one spot for at least another week. The Year of the Horse continues Monday, when Jon Cornish and Bo Levi Mitchell cap off Mark’s Labour Day Weekend against the guys hot on their tails on this very list.
Edmonton Eskimos Week 8 Ranking: 2 Nipping at Calgary’s hoofs in the two-spot, the Eskimos registered their seventh win of the season in a 41-27 thumping of the visiting Argos on Saturday afternoon. Mike Reilly’s injured thumb is some cause for concern for the Esks, but it’s expected he’ll be good to go for Monday’s Classic. And if these two teams live up to the hype, what a classic it will be.
Saskatchewan Roughriders Week 8 Ranking: 3 The Riders brushed aside a bold guarantee by the Lions and left the West Coast with a fifth-straight win in their back pockets. The win came at a cost, however, as Darian Durant was forced out of action due to a suspected hand injury. The latest reports say Durant is still feeling the effects, meaning he could very well miss out on all the fun the Bombers will bring to town on Sunday. Can Tino Sunseri carry the load?
BC Lions Week 8 Ranking: 4 The guarantee was a bold tactic that garnered plenty of attention from practically everyone in the CFL world, but it just wasn’t meant to be for the Leos on Sunday night. BC now heads into their first of two bye weeks sitting four points back of first in the West.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Week 8 Ranking: 5 Back on track, and not a moment too soon for Mike O’Shea’s Blue Bombers. Sporting their CFL Signature Uniforms, the Bombers scored 16 fourth-quarter points in a much-needed win over the Als. With a new jolt of confidence in their bloodstream, the Blue and Gold head to Riderville where they’ll look to avenge last season’s 48-25 Labour Day Weekend snafu.
Toronto Argonauts Week 8 Ranking: 6 It was a case of too little, too late for the Boatmen, who dropped their second-straight game on Saturday in Edmonton. Chad Owens marked his return to action with an impressive 92-yard, one touchdown performance, but was knocked out of the tilt after being hit hard by Aaron Grymes. An important test awaits against a very hungry, and equally rested Tiger-Cats squad.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Week 8 Ranking: 7 Kent Austin has decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli, Stephen McGee and Jacory Harris as his QB trio until Zach Collaros gets healthy again. The first half of the season didn’t go as planned for the Ticats, and you can be sure they’ll be willing to right everything that went wrong for them from here on out.
Montreal Alouettes Week 8 Ranking: 8 Jonathan Crompton took the bulk of the snaps in Week 9’s loss to the Bombers, and it’s expected he’ll do the same this Friday against the REDBLACKS. The QB carousel continues in Montreal.
Ottawa REDBLACKS Week 8 Ranking: 9 They hung around as long as they could, but the league-best Stampeders were just too much for the young REDBLACKS. Henry Burris surpassed Danny McManus for third on the CFL’s all-time passing yards list in the loss, but it’s been somewhat of a puzzling year for the veteran gunslinger. Through eight games, Burris hasn’t surpassed the 300-yard passing mark once. Through eight games in 2013, he had already achieved the feat five times.