TORONTO -- For the second-straight year, the CFL.ca Power Rankings will pit Matthew Cauz against The Machine. Last season, The Machine topped Cauz in a bitter competition that lasted until the final week.
Who will come out on top in 2012?
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Here are the Week #13 Mathematical Power Rankings:
Matthew Cauz | CFL.ca Columnist
British Columbia Lions (9-3)
The national nightmare is finally over; Geroy Simon has indeed caught a touchdown pass. It could not have come at a better time as it extended Travis Lulay’s streak of at least one touchdown pass, now at 22 games. An ugly gutty win by the Lions, but hats off to Andrew Harris and his 21 touches for a very hard earned 181 yards. I was tired just watching him out there. On a sour note there is absolutely no place in this game for Khalif Mitchell and those throat-slash gestures he was mimicking at the line of scrimmage. I’d have no problem if the league decided to fine him.
Montreal Alouettes (8-4)
Just when it looked like Montreal may have been knocked off their usual perch atop of the East, their depth (Brandon London: 5-118 Yards & Victor Anderson 127 total yards and two touchdowns) and some guy (Trent, to be more specific) came through for the Alouettes.
Calgary Stampeders (7-5)
I'm not going to go crazy on the officials after the Stampeders 30-25 loss to Saskatchewan. I think we can all agree that yes calls will be missed, but by and large the officials do an excellent job. So instead of me weighing in, I'll just cut and paste this fascinating back and fourth between two readers from a Calgary newspaper:
Dog Drool: The refs at the game should have worn green. There were many biased calls in that game.
Shipsternsbluff: wow...whining about non calls...how many non calls was there on the stamps?....lots!....and getting the sweet spots on first downs by the refs...especially when they were short at least a yard on 2 plays...
Dog Drool: Your an idiot.
(Get 'em Dog Drool, get em!)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-6)
Well it looks like Corey Chamblin’s guarantee came true as Jon Cornish was held to under 100 yards rushing. My suggestion is that he guarantees that Durant will stay healthy and not turn the ball over for the remainder of the season. The key for the Roughriders was turning Calgary mistakes into touchdowns instead of field goals in the third quarter.
Toronto Argonauts (6-6)
I am not prepared to live in a world where Ricky Ray is not the starting quarterback for the Argonauts.
Michael Bishop, Steven Jyles, Eric Crouch, Kerry Joseph, Mike McMahon Cleo Lemon ... make them stop, make the bad men go away!
Edmonton Eskimos (5-7)
Even though this play did not factor into the final outcome, I was so happy to see Grant Shaw kick make that 40-yard field goal within three minutes to go giving the Eskimos a (brief) 18-16 lead over the Lions. After missing game winning kicks against Calgary it was good to see Shaw get at least a little of his mojo back.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-8)
So much for any momentum from their 51-8 whitewash of the Eskimos. The Tiger-Cats have lost to Winnipeg twice in the past five weeks and have just one win in their past seven games. Henry Burris went from 418 yards, and three touchdowns, while completing 70 per cent of his passes against Edmonton to a mere 156 yards while completing less than 50 per cent of his passes versus the Blue Bombers defence.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-9)
So I spent about 1200 words last week analyzing what is wrong with the Blue Bombers and maybe it can all be distilled down to the health of Buck Pierce. It wasn’t like Buck was reincarnating the ghosts of 1997 Doug Flutie, but just his presence must give confidence to the rest of the team that if each man does his job they have a legitimate shot of winning.