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September 2, 2014

Pinty’s Power Rankings: Ticats make a move Staff

Calgary Stampeders
Week 9 Ranking: 1
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Calgary Stampeders slot in on top of the Pinty’s Power Rankings for the 10th time in as many weeks. Jon Cornish returned to form in a huge Labour Day Classic win over their provincial rivals, rushing for 163 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Edmonton Eskimos
Week 9 Ranking: 2

The Eskimos have two losses this year, both coming at the hands of the team featured right above them. That reason, in addition to the fact that they were playing without their starting quarterback, is enough for us to give them another shot at staking their claim in the two spot.

Saskatchewan Roughriders
Week 9 Ranking: 3

Hot on Edmonton’s tails for the coveted second rank, the Riders scored 14 fourth-quarter points en-route to their sixth-straight win in Sunday’s Classic against Winnipeg. The Banjo Bowl awaits!

BC Lions
Week 9 Ranking:
The idle Lions stay comfortably put at number four. This week, the Leos will travel to Ottawa, where Travis Lulay is set to make his first start of the 2014 campaign.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 9 Ranking: 5

Their Labour Day Classic loss will surely sting for a while, but the Bombers won’t have to wait too long for their shot at redemption. Sunday’s Banjo Bowl is certainly the marquee matchup of the week, and you can bet that the Investors Group Stadium faithful will be out in full force.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Week 9 Ranking: 7
Coincidentally, the week that Hamilton moved into their brand new stadium is also the week they move up a spot in the Pinty’s Power Rankings. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but the Ticats got a much-needed two points in a game that will surely boost the morale of the entire organization. Next up, a visit to Montreal for another important East Division test.

Toronto Argonauts
Week 8 Ranking: 6

Is it safe to say that the Argos offence is in dire need of some reinforcements? Without the likes of Chad Owens, Andre Durie and John Chiles, Ricky Ray has failed to eclipse the 200-yard passing mark in three of his last five games. 

Montreal Alouettes
Week 9 Ranking: 8
Jonathan Crompton looked pretty solid in his first career start, showing a propensity to move the ball downfield, and integrate his key playmakers (EG: Brandon Whitaker, Duron Carter, SJ Green). The Als will look to build on their second win of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Ticats.

Week 9 Ranking: 9
Chevon Walker had just eight touches in Ottawa’s loss to Montreal on Friday night, gaining just 39 yards in the process. Head Coach Rick Campbell knows he has to get his playmaker the ball more often, saying “We want to get him the ball. He’s an explosive guy.”