CIS Top 10: McMaster topples Western; stays No. 1 | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

OTTAWA -- The reigning Vanier Cup champion McMaster Marauders top the Football Reporters of Canada – CIS rankings for the sixth time in as many polls this season.

The Marauders (5-0) once again received 29 first-place votes and 299 points from the 30-member FRC panel, with the remaining first-place nod going to the Calgary Dinos (5-0), who earned 270 points to remain comfortably in second place for the fourth consecutive week.

The rest of the leading quintet also remains intact in the new Top 10 as the No. 3 Montreal Carabins (5-0) and No. 4 Laval Rouge et Or (5-0) also kept their undefeated record over the past weekend, while the No. 5 Queen’s Gaels (4-1) were victorious for the fourth time in five outings, their only loss coming two weeks ago against top-ranked McMaster.

Rounding out the new media poll are the Regina Rams (4-1), up one position to a season-high No. 6; the Western Mustangs (3-2), down one spot to a season-low No. 7; the Manitoba Bisons (3-2), staying put at No. 8; as well as the No. 9 Guelph Gryphons (4-1) and No. 10 Acadia Axemen (3-1), both unranked last Tuesday.

The Marauders kept their one-game lead atop the OUA standings thanks to a second straight win over a Top-10 opponent. After defeating Queen’s 33-20 two weeks ago, the national champs traveled to London on Saturday and edged Western 33-27 in front of a boisterous homecoming crowd of 10,900 at TD Waterhouse Stadium. McMaster visits York (1-4) on Thursday afternoon and will be seeking its 16th consecutive overall victory dating back to the third week of the 2011 schedule, three shy of the all-time CIS mark set by Laval from 2004 to 2005.

In Calgary, the Dinos crushed archrival Saskatchewan 45-4 at home to preserve a one-game cushion in the Canada West standings going into the conference’s bye week. The reigning four-time CWUAA champions have outscored their rivals 242 to 50 so far this fall for a CIS-best point differential of +192.

In Quebec, Montreal rolled over Concordia 38-0 and Laval dominated then-No. 9 Sherbrooke 48-10 on the road, setting the table for a much-anticipated home-and-away series between the Carabins and Rouge et Or that will go a long way in deciding who will finish first in the RSEQ.

The first end of the two-game set goes Sunday in Quebec City (1:30 p.m. ET, Radio-Canada), with the rematch scheduled the following Saturday (Oct. 13) in Montreal. The Rouge et Or go into the first head-to-head contest riding a CIS-record streak of 53 wins in a row on home turf but will face the last team to beat them at TELUS Stadium, a 14-13 setback that dates way back to Sept. 19, 2004.

Other results by Top-10 teams this past week were Queen’s 32, Ottawa 25 (at Queen’s); Regina 30, Manitoba 27 (at Regina); Guelph 22, Laurier 19 (at Laurier); Acadia 30, Mount Allison 6 (at Acadia).

In addition to Sunday’s Montreal-Laval showdown, another Top-10 battle highlights the Week 6 schedule as Western visits Guelph on Saturday afternoon.


Pts (1st place) Last week
1. McMaster (5-0) 299 (29) 1
2. Calgary (5-0) 270 (1) 2
3. Montreal (5-0) 236 3
4. Laval (5-0) 220 4
5. Queen’s (4-1) 175 5
6. Regina (4-1) 157 7
7. Western (3-2) 115 6
8. Manitoba (3-2) 87 8
9. Guelph (4-1) 50 NR
10. Acadia (3-1) 41 NR

Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (10), Windsor (5), Saskatchewan (3).

- With files from CIS

Fan Comments
als rule
October 05, 2012 - 10:05pm
I have been watching the McMaster games on webcast and Quinlan is definetely a step ahead of all others on the field. He used his Training camp experience this season to his advantage as he was in camp as a non counter and not a guest last year so he went through practice like all of the other QBs that were eligible to make the team. Montreal tends to carry more than just the 3 QBs that are on the 46 man roster. This season they have 5 3 on the roster. one on the 9 gam IR and one on the practice roster so Quinlan may have a shot at that practice roster spot. That would be a great thing for the CFL.
Biggest game of Montreal's football program since entering the CIS back in the early 2000's going into Laval ranked ahead of Laval This sunday I will be looking to find it on a webcast somehwere.
I see Acadia has snuck back into the top 10. The AUS needs to do something to help give Acadia, Saint Mary's and the other two to play some better competition during the season. If Mcgill does indeed get into the OUA i would think that the Q and the AUS would then play two interlock games. That would go a long way in beginning to give some credibility and prepare the AUS champ for one of the Semi Final bowls
October 03, 2012 - 2:46pm
als rule
man from philadelphia you sure miss the boat!! nothing but garbage in and garbage out!! bye bye!!
October 05, 2012 - 10:04pm
I watched the 48 - 10 drubbing that Universite` de Sherbrooke took at the hands of Rouge et Or U. Laval.

There was some questionable "talent" wondering between the sidelines, especially for Sherbrooke. With the flippers that Antoine Pinkos has attached to the end of his arms, he should be converted from a WR to a DB. Never seen a CIS receiver go to a pass with less enthusiasm. Two passes he waved at with one arm attempts, and another pass he alligator armed it when going over the middle in traffic. If Pinkos wants to knock down passes, then get him on the other side of the scrimmage line.

Anyways, that's CIS rant, and I look forward to watching more games this weekend, it's just the calibre or effort of some players that left me rolling my eyes or wondering "how did that guy make the squad".

Looking forward to the Montreal / Laval showdown where Laval keeps stringing those home turf victories together. Also as the article states, the previously unranked Guelph facing Western.

October 02, 2012 - 9:04pm

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