Football: The week that is

There are million stories in the naked city ... there are Nine Stories in Canadian university football, pending what happens in today's Sherbrooke-Laval matchup.

  1. 'Lectric Lee: Bishop's Jamall Lee wins his second straight CIS rushing title, going off for 189 yards to help keep his Gaiters alive for the playoffs with a 33-25 upset of No. 5 Concordia. With 1,106 yards and one game left, he's also played his way into the Hec Crighton talk.
  2. Write it in Red ink: McGill's combo of Matt Connell and Erik Galas become the all-time CIS leaders in passing yardage and receptions made. Galas has an outside shot at the 200-catch plateau with one game left.
  3. Same Dog time, same Dog channel: The Saskatchewan Huskies secure home-field advantage throughout the Canada West playoffs with a 16-4 win over Simon Fraser.
  4. Giffinator goes on the fritz: Queen's two-time OUA rushing leader Mike Giffin suffers a right knee injury on the first play of the No. 2-ranked Golden Gaels' win over Waterloo; he's to be re-evaluated.
  5. Dino-sty: No. 4 Calgary can have its best season of this millennium after coming from behind to beat Manitoba and improve 5-2. (The last time the Dinos went 6-2 was 2000.)
  6. The playoffs start ... now: Next week's Regina-Manitoba and Bishop's-Montréal games are playoff games in Canada West and Quebec.

    The Manitoba Bisons could be without top receiver Terry Firr, who pulled himself out of the Calgary game. Those wacky wideouts, what are you gonna do?
  7. Mac is WAC: With a wide-open attack somewhat similar to what you'd expect to see from Boise State or Hawai'i, McMaster wins four of its last five to get the final playoff berth in the OUA, where they'll play Laurier in the Oct. 25 quarter-final.
  8. Intriguing is a French word for who knows what to expect: Ottawa turns its finale against U of T from a one-half job to an all-day job. Regardless, the Gee-Gees are headed to Guelph for an OUA quarter-final. The Gryphons have had their own tendency to go madly off in all directions this season.
  9. Take next week off: St. FX will play Mount Allison in the Atlantic conference semi and Saint Mary's, puzzling as ever yet nevertheless 6-1, gets the winner in the Loney Bowl on Nov. 15 in Halifax.
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  1. One note: Saskatchewan has not clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They can still finish second, if Calgary wins and they lose to UBC.