This is the best way of explaining that performance is the first criteria, but it's only one element. Last season's performance is factored in, too.
- Laval Rouge et Or — Putting defending national champion whose defence hasn't given up a touchdown in its first 12 quarters is bound to angry up the blood. This week: vs. Montréal (Saturday at 1 p.m. on Radio-Canada).
- Western Mustangs — There are no nits to pick with these guys. Next week: At Windsor.
- Saskatchewan Huskies — They have shown some indomitable spirit pulling out two close games, although both were at home. This week: Bye.
- Montréal Carabins — Two thorough wins to start season, although a quarterback injury might hurt the U de M's chances of staying in this post beyond this week (at Laval). This week: At Laval.
- Calgary Dinos —It's a toss-up for the 5-6 slots, but Calgary beat SFU in the playoffs last season, case closed. This week: At Regina (Friday).
- Simon Fraser Clan — Let's see how they play east of the Rockies, which doesn't happen until Sept. 25. This week: vs. Alberta (Friday).
- Queen's Golden Gaels — Perhaps fortunate to have been the only OUA team which did not travel during that short week, but are now 19-6 in past 25 games. This week: At Ottawa.
- St. Francis Xavier X-Men — Our first newcomer. This week: At Mount Allison.
- Saint Mary's Huskies — The men's basketball coaches have a good guideline for their Top 10 poll: No team can move up or down more than three spots. Perhaps Saint Mary's was too high at No. 4, but they deserve a week or two to win back voters' trust. This week: At Acadia.
- Regina Rams — Either Ottawa or the Rams could be in this slot. Each has a loss to a top team and a lopsided win over an also-ran. Regina's loss was closer and it was in a road game, so there's your hair-split of the week.
This week: vs. Calgary.