Neate Sager's ballot (each team's rank in the Oct. 12 CIS-FRC poll in parentheses):
- Laval (6-0 QUFL) (1) — The last unbeaten team. Bruno Prud'homme seems to have settled in as the QB, is it fair to say?
- Regina (5-1 CW) (4) — Have Canada West's best body of work to date. Facing Calgary at home followed by a regular-season ending road trip to face Saskatchewan will indicate whether the Rams are for real.
In case anyone needs some point differential reminders: The Rams lost to an Erik Glavic-less Calgary by three and beat the Huskies by 11.
- Saskatchewan (4-2 CW) (8)— Games later in the season should be weighted higher. Saskatchewan (combined: 69-26) and Western (61-18) have the same combined winning margin in their past two games vs. real teams.
The Huskies beat better teams (Alberta, Calgary opposed to Guelph, Queen's) and its road win was more authoritative.
Worth noting, Western scored more second-half points in its 76-0 win over York than Saskatchewan did when it mauled Manitoba 64-3 a couple weeks ago. (Point being, with comical blowouts, just consider the first 30 minutes; Western scored 45 in the first half on Saturday and Sask. put up 44 in that game.)
- Western (6-1 OUA) (3) — Up one rung from where yours truly had them. Not Greg Marshall's best team, but one of his best coaching jobs. The John Surla-led defence helped them move up while the rest of the OUA takes turns messing up.
Ontario-centric voters will put the 'Stangs in the 2-spot.
- Montréal (5-2 QUFL) (7) — The PEPS factor alone cannot account for a 55-point point difference in the Carabins' and Gaiters' losing margins vs. Le Grand Machine Rouge, can it?
- Bishop's (5-2 QUFL) (5) — 62 to zip at Laval; did the Quebec team with Western's colours provided a harbinger of what faces the Yates Cup winner in the Uteck Bowl?
- Calgary (4-2 CW) (2) — Four-spot drop from my ballot last week after a second decisive loss to Sasky.
- Ottawa (6-1 OUA) (6) — Have some control over their playoff opponent, since Guelph needs to win to ensure itself home field for the Oct. 30 quarter-final, likely vs. Laurier.
- McMaster (6-2 OUA) (9) — Showed Ottawa it is not that hard to win at Varsity Centre. The result (Marauders win 40-21, scoring 30 unanswered) at least showed Toronto is getting tougher on the fast track at home.
The Marauders, like the top two teams in the OUA, get benefit of a bye before hosting a playoff game.
- Laurier (3-4 OUA) (NR) — Playing decent football and can still earn a home playoff game despite Peter Baxter's reluctance to read the rules. Showed a killer instinct vs. a fragile Queen's team.
Andrew Bucholtz's ballot: (last week's rankings in parentheses)
1. Laval (1)
2. Regina (3)
3. Western (4)
4. Saskatchewan (6)
5. Montreal (8)
6. Ottawa (7)
7. Calgary (2)
8. Bishop's (5)
9. McMaster (9)
10. Sherbrooke (NR)
Rationale: Calgary's loss to Saskatchewan sees them fall and the Huskies rise. Saskatchewan's been very good at times, but I can't put them ahead of the more consistent Regina or Western teams just yet; they may get there before too long, however. Bishop's was expected to lose to Laval, but not 62-0; that pounding sees them swap places with Montreal, who took care of business against McGill. Ottawa, on a bye, gets a slight bump thanks to Calgary's loss, but I don't want to put them too high thanks to their loss to U of T last week; I have more faith in the teams above them. McMaster holds steady in the nine spot with a decent win over Toronto, while Sherbrooke replaces Concordia thanks to their overtime win over the Stingers.
Jared Book's ballot: (last week's rankings in parentheses)
1. Laval (1)
2. Regina (4)
3. Saskatchewan (7)
4. Calgary (2)
5. Montreal (6)
6. Bishop's (3)
7. Western (5)
8. Ottawa (9)
9. Sherbrooke (8)
10. McMaster (10)
No new entries this week, just some shuffling. Laval is self explanatory. Regina is CW's top team, and leapfrogs Calgary and Bishop's into the 2 spot. Saskatchewan makes the biggest jump because they have beaten Calgary twice, and I still have Calgary ahead of the Quebec and Ontario teams for now. Montreal moves up one, not so much for their win over McGill but for being much closer than Bishop's was against Laval. Bishop's stays ahead of Western in the Quebec grouping. Western drops because I still like the CW and QUFL teams better than the OUA teams. Ottawa I feel is slightly more impressive than Sherbrooke thus far, flipping them and McMaster stays put after a bit of a scare from Toronto.