Football: Final Top 10 of 2013

Returning after a brief hiatus for minor, almost imperceptible re-tooling, here are our ballots for this week (in order after the official listing: Neate Sager, myself, Andrew Bucholtz):
  1. Western — 1st, 1st, 2nd. Will Western win by more over Mac, or Laval by more over Sherbrooke? The two spreads are within a safety for those games. And is a Western-Laval Vanier any different than a Red Sox-Cardinals World Series?
  2. Laval — 2nd, 2nd, 1st. That was their fourth three-touchdown win over Montreal in as many years, if you were wondering about part of the reason why we sometimes call it "the Laval conference."
  3. Calgary — 5th, 4th, 3rd. Quirks in scheduling mean UBC has to fly right back for another game, maybe even another one with more rouges than touchdowns for them.
  4. Queen's — 3rd, 3rd, 4th. Hosting Guelph, and it may not be a close one.
  5. Guelph — 7th, 7th, 5th. Having settled the Windsor-Guelph debate (ok, that was never actually a debate) it's now time for Guelph to step up for the Guelph-Queen's debate.
  6. Bishop's — 8th, unranked, 6th. One of two teams hosting a playoff game this weekend who are the underdogs by my figuring (the other is Mount A, in the conference we don't talk about). This is the only team any of us did not rank this week; my other spot went to UBC, 9th. I don't have much justification for that.
  7. Montreal — 4th, 6th, 7th. Have surrendered half as many points on the year as the Gaiters; you gotta think that matters.
  8. McMaster — 6th, 5th, 9th. Sadly, Mac won't make it to London for their game, as their season was declared over almost two months ago and the team had to disband amidst the intense media hand-wringing.
  9. Manitoba — 9th, 8th, 8th. Back to some agreement among us. No shame in being fourth in points scored in the country, behind just Western, Queen's, and Calgary.
  10. Saskatchewan — 10th, 10th, 10th. That makes three playoff games with adjacent seedings, one per conference, and this one (at -3.5 for Manitoba) figures to be the closest of them all.
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