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Huskies move up to #4 nationally

OTTAWA (CIS) – To no one’s surprise, the Laval Rouge et Or (2-0) stay on top of the FRC-CIS Football Top 10 poll for the third consecutive week after a 24-14 win over Montreal (1-1) in front of 16,046 in Quebec City. Despite the setback, Montreal remains at No. 6 in the rankings.

Peter Thiel and the U of S Huskies moved up one spot in the national rankings (Derek Mortensen for Liam Ricahrds Photography)

For the first time this season however, the reigning Vanier Cup champion Rouge et Or didn’t sweep the first-place votes as two nods went to the second-ranked Western Ontario Mustangs (2-0) after their 48-21 thrashing of McMaster in Hamilton in front of 5,563 at Ron Joyce Stadium.

McMaster (1-1) paid the price for its home opening loss, slipping four spots in the poll to No. 7.

The two remaining undefeated teams in the Canada West conference both move up a notch after improving to 2-0 in league play.

For the second straight week, the No. 3 Calgary Dinos marched on their final drive for a come-from-behind victory, this time 30-25 over UBC. The Thunderbirds (1-1), who entered the contest at No. 10, drop out of the Top 10 this week.

Meanwhile in Saskatoon, the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies celebrated their 100th anniversary in style, setting a regular season attendance record of 7,370. The overcapacity crowd went home happy as the Huskies won the battle of Saskatchewan 33-10 over the Regina Rams (0-2).

Rounding out this week’s top five are the Sherbrooke Vert & Or (2-0), who continued their steady move up the charts thanks to a 39-13 win over McGill (0-2) at Percival Molson Stadium. The “Foxes”, who reached the Quebec final for the first time in team history in 2010, were ranked seventh last Tuesday.

The top-ranked team in the AUS, the Saint Mary’s Huskies (1-0), moves up one spot to eighth after opening league play with a convincing 54-14 win over Mount Allison.

The two new arrivals in the FRC-CIS Top 10 are in the final two spots. Voters could not ignore the Ottawa Gee Gees’ 2-0 record, while the Windsor Lancers (2-0) were rewarded for their stunning 41-40 upset of Laurier, which was decided on a return punt single.

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#3)

Pts (1st place) – Last week

1. Laval (2-0) 288 (27) 1
2. Western (2-0) 262 (2) 2
3. Calgary (2-0) 215 4
4. Saskatchewan (2-0) 206 5
5. Sherbrooke (2-0) 146 7
6. Montreal (1-1) 138 6
7. McMaster (1-1) 118 3
8. Saint Mary`s (1-0) 81 9
9. Ottawa (2-0) 71 NR
10. Windsor (2-0) 21 NR

Other teams receiving votes: UBC 14, Concordia 11, Laurier 10, Acadia 4, Manitoba 2.

How last week’s FRC-CIS Top 10 teams did:

No. 1 Laval (2-0): beat No. 6 Montreal 24-14
No. 2 Western Ontario (2-0): won at No. 3 McMaster 48-21
No. 3 McMaster (1-1): lost to No. 2 Western 48-21
No. 4 Calgary (2-0): beat No. 10 UBC 30-25
No. 5 Saskatchewan (2-0): beat Regina 33-10
No. 6 Montreal (1-1): lost at No. 1 Laval 24-14
No. 7 Sherbrooke (2-0): beat McGill 39-13
No. 8 Laurier (1-1): lost to Windsor 41-40
No. 9 Saint Mary’s (1-0): beat Mount Allison 54-14
No. 10 UBC (1-1): lost at No. 4 Calgary 30-25

CIS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: SEPT. 16-17 (all times LOCAL)

Note: Complete webcast and radio schedules at

http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/fball/2011-12/schedule

Friday, September 16:
Calgary at Regina, 7 pm MDT

Saturday, September 17:
McGill at Acadia, 2 pm ADT
Bishop’s at Mount Allison, 2 pm ADT
Saint Mary’s at Montreal, 1 pm EDT (Radio-Canada)
StFX at Concordia, 1 pm EDT
Guelph at Toronto, 1 pm EDT (The Score)
Laurier at Queen’s, 1 pm EDT
Ottawa at Western, 1 pm EDT
York at Waterloo, 1 pm EDT
Saskatchewan at Manitoba, 1 pm CDT (SHAW, SHAW Direct 299)
Alberta at UBC, 2 pm PDT
Laval at Sherbrooke, 7 pm EDT
McMaster at Windsor, 7 pm EDT

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