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Calgary Stampeders
Off-Season Ranking: 1
No surprise here. The Stampeders were firing on all cylinders on Saturday afternoon, shutting down Montreal's offence to perfection, while also overwhelming their defence with relentless pressure from all angles. Bo Levi Mitchell was solid in his debut as the team's starter. We'll see if their early Week 2 bye ceases any momentum they might have gained.

 
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Off-Season Ranking: 2

Thanks to their big win over the Ticats, any questions surrounding the Riders heading into the 2014 season were silenced...at least for now. Tailback Anthony Allen was exceptional in his first career CFL game, trucking for 158 rushing yards and a touchdown, while also adding another score through the air. Oh, and don't think we forgot about the defence. 10 sacks, plus just 201 yards of allowed offence? Can't get much better than that.

 
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Off-Season Ranking: 3

Don't read too much into Hamilton's Week 1 loss. You can be sure that Kent Austin's team will be a much more disciplined and prepared team for their Week 2 contest against the Eskimos.

 
BC Lions
Off-Season Ranking:
5
How uncharacteristic was Saturday's four-interception-outing for Kevin Glenn? It took him eight appearances before he threw four picks all of last season. The Lions were solid on both sides of the ball in the first half against Edmonton, but seemed almost surprised to see the Esks battle back in such impressive fashion in the final 30 minutes. A trip East to Montreal awaits.

 
Toronto Argonauts
Off-Season Rankings: 4

Ricky Ray had a typical night under centre for the Argos (27-38, 283 yards, 2 TDs), as he connected with nine different receivers for at least one reception. The defence remains a work in progress, but defensive coordinator Tim Burke did warn that there would be some growing pains. It won't get any easier for the Boatmen secondary, who were victimized for over 300 passing yards and four touchdowns, as they get set to welcome the defending champs to the Rogers Centre.

 
Edmonton Eskimos
Off-Season Ranking: 7

The Esks looked good...real good against a BC team that threw whatever they had and more in their direction. Mike Reilly was sacked three times, which is just below the 3.15 QB takedowns they allowed per game in 2013. Nonetheless, Edmonton looked like a different team in Chris Jones' first game, and could prove to be a surprise team in the West.

 
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Off-Season Ranking: 8

Can you ask for a better season opener than the one the Bombers put forward on Thursday night? Drew Willy was almost perfect, and the defence held their own against a Toronto team that victimized them for 97 points in three games in 2013.

 
Montreal Alouettes
Off-Season Ranking: 6
The post-Anthony Calvillo era got off to a rough start for the Als, with replacement Troy Smith completing just 43 per cent of his passes for 154 yards. Brandon Whitaker, meanwhile, was solid in his first game since Week 10 of last season; a good sign for an Als offence that will look to rebound against the Lions.

  
Ottawa REDBLACKS
Off-Season Ranking: 9
Ladies and gentlemen: Your first place Ottawa REDBLACKS! Rick Campbell's group was on bye in Week 1, and will be well rested for their franchise-opening matchup with Winnipeg on Thursday.

Fan Comments
 
red&right
Riders R 4....Because the Stamps are better, that's why! Wheelers...We do disagree but the Stamps & the riders were one & two! The rest of the rankings are garbage!
July 03, 2014 - 1:12am
 
 
Wheelers31
red&right: Have been trying to respond to your question but am having trouble uploading. In short, feel free to disagree.
July 02, 2014 - 5:10pm
 
 
Riders R 4 Real
I already posted this question once - hope you put it up:
Why would Calgary, who beat the #8 ranked team be ranked higher than Sask who beat the #3 ranked team?
What are we missing?
July 02, 2014 - 2:44pm
 
 
StormRider
1.Saskatchewan
2. Calgary
3. Winnipeg
4. Edmonton
5. BC
6. Toronto
7. Montreal
8. Hamilton
9. RedBlacks (only cuz they never played)

The Greycup Champs, started in #2 have proved thus far, they should still be #1 Whom ever picked this list is a total idiot. IMO
July 02, 2014 - 1:45pm
Buffalo1
Agree with your rankings. The Power Rankings should be based on this year alone...things change too quickly from year to year to include anything from 2013 in the formula.
July 02, 2014 - 5:16pm
 
 
red&right
wheeler....How do you think that Saskatchewan played better than Calgary? I agree with the top two teams in the power rankings but what the heck is with the rest of them?
July 02, 2014 - 1:03pm
RayX
Riders beat a better team more handily that's how.
July 02, 2014 - 9:35pm
 
 
shmang
LOL so much bull"""....yup, explain how this goes again? i check in on this to get a good laff every week...its not about team performance as much as it is making the stamps look good, with obscure formulas eh?
July 02, 2014 - 10:26am
 
 
Orange & Black
What is the guy who concotted these rankings smoking??? Must have drawn them out of a hat!
July 02, 2014 - 4:32am
 
 
theeagle1968
What crack was the person who came up with this smoking? 2 teams that LOST are ranked higher than the team that beat them? Especially Winnipeg, who more than doubled Toronto, and Toronto ranks 2 places higher? Insane.
July 02, 2014 - 2:20am
 
 
71wedge
wow , congrates on generating a response. how does Calgary get ranked ahead of the Riders. Smith over thru all day (self inflicked) Zack was sacked. Riders played a near flawless game (save a couple of throws DD lost the handle on) Good luck with the ti-cats. (will it be a bomber/rider GC with the cross-over barring injuries of course)
July 02, 2014 - 12:12am
 
 
gordo_58
did you people even watch the games played over the weekend??? after beating the Argos 45 - 21 the Bombers are ranked lower than Toronto??? How bogus is this ranking!!!!! Not to mention how well Hamilton did against Sask. Think this thru a little better - what did you see on the field - does that not count for something???
July 01, 2014 - 7:56pm
 
 
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