- Montréal Carabins (4-1) — The Billboard Top 10 analogy is a good crutch. The Carabins have the current chart-topper and Laval has the more impressive body of work, but the survey's focus is on this week.
- Laval Rouge et Or (4-1) — The whole world has seen that clip of four-year-old Josh Sacco giving the Herb Brooks speech from Miracle. Rest assured Rouge et Or fans are taking comfort in the, "If we play 'em 10 times, they might win nine" part.
Laval and Montréal are 1 and 1A, but the gut feeling was to give more weight to the latter meeting and take into account the Carabins' key injuries in the earlier game. Even some Laval fans on the dot-org feel Montréal has earned top spot.
- Calgary Dinos (3-1) — Have scored 130 points in three games and the one loss was essentially a tie.
- Queen's Golden Gaels (5-0) — Unbeaten, untied and unassuming.
- Western Mustangs (4-1) — The three-spot rule has been observed.
- St. Francis Xavier X-Men (4-0) — I will allow availability bias might be playing hell. It is hard for an Ontario voters to get a full measure of an AUS team, especially one which has not been 4-0 in quite some time.
- Saskatchewan Huskies (3-1) — A team should not get docked for a road win over a respectable team, even when it was semi-halfway gift-wrapped for them. It's toss-up which Huskies go seventh and which go eighth.
- Saint Mary's Huskies (3-1) — Their Oct. 17 trip to McGill should be a good litmus test. There is a sneaking suspicion Saint Mary's will move up soon.
- Guelph Gryphons (3-2) — Are carrying the banner for all four 3-2 teams in the OUA. See No. 10.
- Alberta Golden Bears (2-3) — Hear this one out: The Golden Bears have Canada West's second-best point differential and each loss was within a score (one, three and seven points). By Pettapiecian calculation, Alberta is ninth in Simple Ranking System dating from the start of 2008.
Besides, a 2-3 team being ranked is no weirder than seeing McGill in Top 10, or the OUA having four ranked teams.
Top 10 Fail: Sager bombs on his ballot
Jim Mullin of CKNW in Vancouver, who helps run the UFRC/CIS Top 10, noted last night that there were four different selections for No. 1 from the first 10 voters to send in ballots. That would suggest Calgary and Queen's also got first-place votes.