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Western falls one spot in football Top 10
Posted: October 7th, 2014 @ 6:56pm
Members of the national university football ranking panel are still in love with the Laval rouge et or, which tops the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 list for the sixth week in a row.
Laval gained its national intercollegiarte record 23rd victory in a row Sunday, 32-16 over No. 9-ranked Concordia in a game that wasn't that close, as, save for a safety, the Stingers didn't reach the Laval end zone until the game's 59th minute.
While keeping Laval No. 1 may have been a foregone conclusion, what may be puzzling is how fond the panelists from the Football Reporters of Canada remain of the Western Mustangs.
In the ranking released Tuesday, Western fell only one spot, to No. 4, after they were beaten 32-30 at home Saturday by the McMaster Marauders, who traded places with the Mustangs and moved up to No. 3.
On the one hand, Western lost to another ranked team, and the group decided not to penalize the Mustangs too much for that.
On the other, Western's 4-0 record was built on teams who are a collective 1-22 this year, and four other teams in the Top 10-Montreal, Guelph, Saskatchewan and Concordia-have also suffered their only defeat against a nationally ranked team (Laval, McMaster, Calgary and Laval, respectively) amid more difficult schedules.
The mettle of the defending Yates Cup champions will be tested in the remaining weeks of the season, as the Mustangs face Laurier, Guelph and Windsor, three teams with which they are tied for second place in Ontario University Athletics with 4-1 records.
Positions five through nine remain unchanged this week, and Laurier, after a surprisingly close 27-10 victory over winless York, supplants Manitoba at No. 10, after the Bisons were defeated 38-31 by Alberta.
It was Alberta's first win on the field since Oct. 23, 2010, a 29-game streak that was interrupted three times in the board room, where opponents forfeited victories for having used ineligible players.
There's an abbreviated schedule this Thanksgiving weekend as Canada West takes a break and five Ontario teams exercise their byes. In addition to the aforementioned Laurier-Western match, Thursday night in London, there's one other game this week involving two ranked teams, Saturday in Montreal, where the Stingers host Montreal.
This week's Top 10, with record, last week's rank, my rank, last week's result and next opponent:
Laval, 5-0 (1) (1), beat No. 8 Concordia 32-16; next: Sunday, Oct. 19, vs. Bishop's.
Calgary, 4-1 (2) (2), beat Regina 59-7; next: Saturday, Oct. 18, at Alberta.
McMaster, 6-0 (4) (3), beat No. 3 Western 32-30; next: Saturday, Oct. 18 vs. No. 10 Laurier.
Western, 4-1 (3) (6), lost to No. 4 McMaster 32-30; next: Thursday, vs. No. 10 Laurier.
Montreal, 4-1 (5) (5), beat Sherbrooke 22-16; next: Saturday, at No. 9 Concordia.
Guelph, 4-1 (6) (7), beat Windsor 24-9; next: Friday, vs. Carleton.
Saskatchewan, 4-1 (7) (9), beat British Columbia 31-25; next: Friday, Oct. 17 at Manitoba.
Mount Allison, 5-0 (8) (4), beat Saint Mary's 38-0; next: Saturday, vs. Saint Mary's.
Concordia, 4-1 (9) (8), lost 32-16 to No. 1 Laval; next: Saturday, vs. No. 5 Montreal.
Wilfrid Laurier, 4-1 (NR) (10), beat York 27-10; next: Thursday, at No. 4 Western.
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