USports football Top 10: Saskatchewan Huskies jump into the rankings

The reigning Vanier Cup champions merited all 17 first-place votes and a perfect 170 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel to maintain a healthy lead over their RSEQ archrivals, the Montreal Carabins (1-0), who stay comfortably in second place thanks to a 150-point tally.

Rounding out the new top 10 are the No. 3 Calgary Dinos (1-0 / 118 points / up one spot), No. 4 Western Mustangs (2-0 / 115 / down one), No. 5 Regina Rams (1-0 / 113 / no change), No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-0 / 89 / no change), No. 7 McMaster Marauders (1-0 / 50 / up one), No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies (1-0 / 42 / previously unranked), No. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees (2-0 / 40 / no change) and No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds (0-1 / 25 / down three).

After opening the regular campaign with a 40-5 home victory over Sherbrooke back on Aug. 26, Laval was equally as dominant last Friday in its first road test of the fall, downing McGill 50-14 at Percival Molson Stadium. Reigning Vanier Cup MVP Hugo Richard was once again stellar against the Redmen with 324 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses on 28-of-34 passing, to go with his second and third rushing majors of the young season.

Other results from top-10 teams this past week included season-opening victories for Calgary (55-26 at Alberta), Regina (36-20 over UBC), McMaster (23-9 at Carleton) and Saskatchewan (44-23 at Manitoba), as well as Western and Ottawa improving to 2-0 after surviving scares on home turf against Guelph (41-34 in OT) and Queen’s (14-13), respectively. Montreal and Laurier enjoyed an early bye in Week 2.

Fans across the country will be treated to some exceptional matchups this coming weekend as no less than three top-10 confrontations are on the Week 3 schedule, featuring six of the top seven-ranked squads in the nation.

The marquee duel takes place on Saturday afternoon when No. 1 Laval visits No. 2 Montreal, live on TVA Sports at 2 p.m. The contest will be a rematch of the last four Quebec conference finals which resulted in an even split, with all of games decided by three points or less.

Also on Saturday afternoon, at 1 p.m., No. 4 Western travels to Hamilton to face No. 7 McMaster (OUA.TV). The last battle between the old foes, in their regular season finale a year ago, couldn’t have been closer as the Mustangs prevailed 19-18 in London to finish ahead of the Marauders in the OUA standings.

On the eve of these two Saturday matchups, on Friday evening, No. 3 Calgary hosts No. 5 Regina at McMahon Stadium (5:30 p.m. Mountain Time on Sasktel maxTV, TELUS Optik TV, Bell MTS & CanadaWest.TV).  In 2016, the Rams and Hec Crighton-winning quarterback Noah Picton won the only head-to-head meeting 32-27 on home turf to help them secure first place in the Canada West standings at the end of league play, but the Dinos ultimately had the last laugh in the playoffs as they claimed the conference banner and advanced to the Vanier Cup title match.

FRC – U SPORTS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#2)

Pts (1st place)  Last week

1. Laval (2-0)                170 (17)           1

2. Montreal (1-0)           150                  2

3. Calgary (1-0)             118                  4

4. Western (2-0)            115                  3

5. Regina (1-0)              113                  5

6. Laurier (1-0)                89                  6

7. McMaster (1-0)            50                  8

8. Saskatchewan (1-0)     42                  NR

9. Ottawa (2-0)                40                  9

10. UBC (0-1)                 25                    7

Other teams receiving votes: Concordia (5), StFX (5), Guelph (4), Saint Mary’s (4), Waterloo (4), Manitoba (1).

WEEK 2 RESULTS

August 31

Concordia 23, Sherbrooke 22 (at Sherbrooke)

September 1

StFX 37, Mount Allison 0 (at StFX)

Laval 50, McGill 14 (at McGill)

Saskatchewan 44, Manitoba 23 (at Manitoba)

Regina 36, UBC 20 (at Regina)

Calgary 55, Alberta 26 (at Alberta)

September 2

Acadia 27, Bishop’s 10 (at Acadia)

September 3

McMaster 23, Carleton 9 (at Carleton)

September 4

Waterloo 52, York 8 (at Waterloo)

Ottawa 14, Queen’s 13 (at Ottawa)

Western 41, Guelph 34 (OT) (at Western)

Toronto 19, Windsor 12 (at Toronto)

WEEK 2 SCHEDULE  

September 8

No. 5 Regina (1-0) at No. 3 Calgary (1-0), 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT (Sasktel maxTV, TELUS Optik TV, Bell MTS & CanadaWest.TV)

Alberta (0-1) at No. 8 Saskatchewan (1-0), 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (Sasktel maxTV, TELUS Optik TV, Bell MTS & CanadaWest.TV)

September 9

Acadia (1-1) at StFX (1-1), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (Bell Aliant Fibe TV1 & AUStv.ca)

Windsor (0-2) at Guelph (0-2), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (Rogers TV & OUA.TV)

No. 4 Western (2-0) at No. 7 McMaster (1-0), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (OUA.TV)

No. 9 Ottawa (2-0) at York (0-2), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (OUA.TV)

Toronto (1-1) at Waterloo (2-0), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (OUA.TV)

Saint Mary’s (1-0) at Bishop’s (0-1), 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT (AUStv.ca & GaitersTV)

No. 1 Laval (2-0) at No. 2 Montreal (1-0), 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT (TVA Sports)

Manitoba (0-1) at No. 10 UBC (0-1), 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT (CanadaWest.TV)

McGill (0-1) at Sherbrooke (0-2), 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

Carleton (1-1) at No. 6 Laurier (1-0), 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT (OUA.TV)

 

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