Football: Top 10 for Sept. 24

This week's ballots from our staff (in order after the official listing: Neate Sager, myself, Kevin Garbuio, Jared Book, Andrew Bucholtz):

  1. Laval — 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st. Overall they had 21 of 30 first-place votes, the others going to Western. Jared says, "I had Western #1 last week but felt Laval's win over Montreal was enough to separate them from the pack. I'm not penalizing Montreal much (I had them ahead of Laval last week) for losing to a top team."
  2. Western — 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd. It gives me no pleasure to put them No. 1, I assure you.
  3. Queen's — 4th, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 3rd. Big game coming this weekend, obviously, but that one has the potential to be like a 20-point blowout.
  4. Montreal — 3rd, 4th, 4th, 4th, 5th. Andrew Buch-ing the trend is more like it.
  5. Calgary — 5th, 5th, 6th, 5th, 4th. The separation between teams is getting more and more clear as the season goes on, as usually happens. Nobody out west has defeated the Dinos this year and with Alberta up next that's not about to change.
  6. Guelph — 6th, 6th, 5th, 6th, 7th. You can tell a lot about a CIS football follower by how close they think Mac and Guelph are in quality, and how certain that person appears to be about that belief.
  7. Saskatchewan — 7th, 8th, 7th, 7th, 6th. I never know where to put them.
  8. Bishop's — 8th, unranked, 9th, 8th, 8th. I said to Neate while kibbitzing over our ballots that the Gaiters have out-Guelphed Guelph this year, with two 1-point wins. The average voter who isn't me put them around 8th/9th.
  9. McMaster — unranked, 9th, 8th, unranked, unranked. Are still the owners of the toughest schedule so far in CIS football, definitely higher than Guelph (12th) and Queen's (16th) and Western (26th). This does not mean they are better (or even as good) as those teams, but it cannot be ignored either, no matter if they have three losses.
  10. Manitoba — unranked, unranked, unranked, unranked, 10th. Our No. 10 teams were (in the same order) Windsor, Acadia, Windsor, and McGill. I actually had Windsor 7th, since I am playing the long game apparently. The five of us, one-eighth of the voters, accounted for 40% of Windsor's support and 100% of McGill's.
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