Power rankings: Up, down and all around

In the early weeks of this year’s power rankings, a win would usually move a team up the standings while a defeat generally led to a drop. But as we enter the season’s middle third, our voters are clearly unwilling to force major changes based on the strength of one victory or the pain of a single defeat: a body of work is now required.

Here’s the rankings:

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell throws the ball during first quarter CFL football action against the BC Lions in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)

Their perfect 7-0 record is impressive but they’ve yet to play the No. 2 and 3 ranked teams. That won’t change until Aug. 25 when they host Winnipeg, followed by two straight against Edmonton. Get through that stretch unblemished, then we can talk about the possibility of a perfect season.

Edmonton Eskimos’ Mike Reilly (13) looks for an opening as Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Chad Geter (91) goes for a sack during first half CFL action in Edmonton on Thursday, August 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan

2. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 3)

The Esks needed some late heroics from Mike Reilly to take care of business against the Riders but it was enough to bump them up a spot over idle Winnipeg. Edmonton is in B.C. this week and will likely need a victory to hold on to the No.2 ranking.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Ian Wild (38), centre, celebrates with Marcus Sayles (36) and Jesse Briggs (34) after running in a blocked kick for the touchdown during the second half of CFL action against the Toronto Argonauts in Winnipeg Friday, July 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 2)

The Bombers did not look good in their bye week Speedos and therefore fall to No. 3. The swimsuit competition is always tough.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Zach Collaros (17) throws the ball during first half CFL action against the Edmonton Eskimos in Edmonton on Thursday, August 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 5)

The Riders lose and move up based on a solid performance against Edmonton and the successful return of a healthy Zach Collaros. A bye this week, then home to Calgary for the second time in three weeks.

5. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 4)

Blowing a big lead to the Argos and McLeod Bethel-Thompson cost them a spot in the rankings (and their dignity.)

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is hit by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Jason Neill (96) during first quarter CFL football action in Montreal on Friday, August 3, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 7)

The Ticats get a little love for breaking Johnny Manziel’s will but not a lot of love for beating a hapless Montreal team.

BC Lions’ Emmanuel Arceneaux, left, can’t hang onto the ball as Calgary Stampeders’ Tre Roberson, covers him during first quarter CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

7. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 6)

The Lions lose a hard-fought game to Calgary and fall a spot. They are home to Edmonton next week and need to start winning some games at home.

TORONTO, ON – August 2 Players have a moment of silence for the Danforth shooting victims prior to the start of the game.
The Toronto Argonauts took on the Ottawa Redblacks in CFL football action at BMO field in Toronto.
August 2, 2018, Richard Lautens/Toronto Star

8. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 8)

The Argos come-from-behind victory wasn’t enough to bump them up the standings. Again, consistency is key.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel pause during third quarter CFL football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Montreal on Friday, August 3, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)



59 Comments on Power rankings: Up, down and all around

  1. Puck Hog // August 9, 2018 at 8:20 am //

    The Roughies moving up the rankings. Can they beat Calgary next week?

  2. Where's Shultz? // August 9, 2018 at 8:39 am //

    1. Calgary
    2. Winnipeg
    3. Edmonton
    4. Redblacks-Riders-Ticats-Lions
    8. Argos
    9. Montreal

    Really hard to distinguish the teams tied at #4. Riders offense will improve, BC has a real chance with Lulay. If Redblacks and TiCats can find consistency they will both be very good.

  3. Are the Ticats really better than the Ottawa, Sask and the Lions?
    Does having one blowout win against the worst team with a QB that should never have started, boost them up.

    This weekend will sort it out, can the Ticats do anything on the road against the Bombers?

  4. Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 10:09 am //

    The Calgary Stampeders;
    As it is
    As it was
    As it eve will be
    As the universe intends it to be

    • Sea of Dead // August 9, 2018 at 11:52 am //

      … Until playoff time when they choke with regularity and cough up a loss in the main event or earlier. Then again, perhaps an iffy favourable officials call will push them over that hump again.

      At least they get into the playoffs, unlike the Flames … Hence my handle ‘Sea of Dead’, a play on Sea of Red. Spent a decade in Calgary watching the Flames and Iginla fold like a cheap tent … and got splinters up my a** from the old wooden benches at McDump while watching my Tabbies constantly lose to the Stamps in the final minutes of their games.

      • FYI
        Its the “C” of red
        not sea of red

        That’s why it’s so clever Vs. sea of white in Winnipeg and the even sadder sea of green in Regina

        • Sea of Dead // August 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm //

          Calgarians are not noted for their spelling so can see the use of ‘C’ rather than ‘Sea’! In any case ‘sea of dead’ was always a better reflection of the hockey crowd after yet another loss than ‘C’ would ever be and that apparently will continue for at least another season.

        • Its so cute when Stampeder fans try to spell.

        • True Green // August 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm //

          I can’t recall a common reference to “sea of green”. You wouldn’t be making something up would you Jerry?

          • Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 6:12 pm //

            Oh you haven’t????
            Sky of blue sea of green doesn’t ring a bell ????

            google sky of blue sea of green saskatchewan roughriders and see what pops up!!!!!

      • Respectfully correct you SoD…your second line should read: “…perhaps ANOTHER iffy favourable officials call …”. What a joke the…when is the last time Stumps got an “unfavourable” call…seriously…LOL! The Flames? Yeah agree. Pissed me off to no end watching them crumble in the seventh game vs Tampa in 2004. Choker Iginla did SFA that game. And to this day, WTF is a “Fedotenko”?

  5. How can you lose 2 in a row yet move up the power rankings ??
    Something several rider fans would be questioning right now, had it happened to anyone but the riders.

    • Your continued interest in the Rider organization is as strong as always. All Riders, all the time!

    • I have a question for you horsey, do you ever think about your obsession and get just a little embarrassed by your comments and constant monitoring of Rider stories? I am truly asking because I am puzzled why you care(hate) so much, why do you spend so much time on a team that quite honestly couldn’t care a less about you? Do you think your better than other people or are you just bitter that Calgary is not loved the same way Sask is? When you read all of the dissecting everything Rider it is truly shocking to see the sorry state of your thoughts, one can only assume that you really don’t have much of a life because if you did it would only make sense that you would have less time to worry about the Riders….just an observation but please do answer my questions..

      • I’ve answered this question many times. If you want the answer you can find it archived on this very site.
        Thanks for your concern

        • Yes Lauren, although it is “archived” you may have difficulty in tracking this as his name has changed numerous times as a result of his condition.

          Not entirely sure what the trigger or trauma was, but I suggest if you Google Posttraumatic Embitterment Disorder, you will likely have your answer.

          • Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm //

            Lauren, you can find it under the name Mr Red
            Unlike Yup who denies having other handles, I will and do freely admit handles I’ve used in the past.

          • You are the only one here warped enough to run multiple handles, often 2 during one thread! Who in their right mind does that ??

        • I very seldom comment on here but I do read the comments mostly for entertainment, I understand that we all have our favourite team we like to support but your hatred is truly alarming. You take stories that aren’t Rider stories and make them into something CJ or Riders, if the best answer you can give me is to look for the answer archived on this site then that tells me you really have no answer. You have to admit your behavior is not normal, when you look in the mirror what looks back at you might just scare the crap out of you because it sure does me.

        • Lazy bugger…don’t ask someone to search the archive–go ahead and explain yourself! But of course, as I just noted about Calgarians (1910 or today!) No initiative!

    • True Green // August 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm //

      Thats a fair question. But I wouldn’t get to concerned over what a few Rider fans think. They don’t express the opinion of the the other few million fans.

      Teams can and do go up or down not always based on a W or L but based on their relative performance and that of the other 8 teams. We’ve all seen positions change on a bye week, which is equally difficult to understand.

      Of course, none if this is difficult to understand if you read this article without your Red blinders on, and take it for what it is: a collective opinion.

  6. What a joke // August 9, 2018 at 11:21 am //

    How can a team like the stamps get all the calls for them to extend drives and always win the close games not be investigated by the league, oh I no they wouldn’t have a team if they aren’t 7-0 since they can’t sell out a game being 7-0 what a joke

    • What a joke it truly is. More than happy to send some Stump fan my “Save the Stumps” button circa 1986. Then some of these losers will realize that maybe, just maybe, both the dumpy stadium and organization weren’t always so “historic”. The only CFL team to not win a PO game or host one in the 80’s…now that’s “historic”…LOL!

  7. What a joke // August 9, 2018 at 11:26 am //

    Kinda reminds me of the patriot era, remember this is entertainment and if the league would let the riders win the close ones they will always have the fans so they wouldn’t do that, no wonder there is always that holding call or Pi call that are on every play they just seem to call them on the team with the best fans, hence the reason for the Montreal shit show they want Montreal to move to Moncton

  8. What a joke // August 9, 2018 at 11:27 am //

    I’m in Calgary right now and I haven’t seen a single thing about the stamp being undefeated, not even a bill board about the stamps it’s all about the stampede which is done for the year

    • Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 11:42 am //

      There’s a lot more to Calgary than the Stamps – as you are no doubt finding out.
      By our standards, 7-0 is nothing to celebrate, although it sure makes rider fan envious

      BTW: Good Morning Puck Hog, Yup

    • White Horse // August 9, 2018 at 1:19 pm //

      what a Joke…no one cares what your biased views are. when your team is the best in the league year in and out, we Stamp fans put up with jealous losers like you all the time. nothing new here. go home to sliderville.

      • Would you like me to send you my “Save Our Stumps” button circa 1986? Believe you, and some of your fellow Stump posters need a dose of humbleness. Just remember, the present is truly the present…and nothing lasts forever.

        • Sea of Dead // August 10, 2018 at 9:01 am //

          … Except perhaps a GC for our beloved Tabbies, which seems like forever since the last one.

  9. The Montreal comment solidifies the fact that this site is completely unprofessional, and that these are not the real power rankings. find the real Nissan Titan Power rankings on CFL.ca. Nothing to do with the Rider’s movements, everything to do with this hack of a website.

  10. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha???
    Why is 3rd Down Staff taking glee in a team’s misfortune? How about writing something mature, constructive, and analytical instead?

    • Paul Bomber // August 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm //

      I enjoy this site mostly because I’m a huge CFL fan, but it’s not exactly objective and far too often less than professional. I’m not expecting the writers to put on their rose coloured glasses and cheer all the teams all the time, but I agree; I’d hope for something a little better than that.

  11. Was the “objectionable a horrible call? Yes
    Was that the reason the Stamps won? No

    If you pay attention to Stamps games you will find that (much to my frustration) Dickenson goes into “anaconda” mode or “shut down mode” the second he thinks he has the win. He refuses to “rack up the score” which had made the end of numerous games this year pretty boring for us in the stands. We were still in the 3rd quarter when he shut it down and ran 80% of the time. The stamps have been within field goal range or even down within the 10 yard line and taken a knee.

    Could BC have won – well of course because you never know but the reality is that it was only a 7 point win is because Dickenson was OK with that. He doesn’t care about stats – just wins.

    I don’t like it but how do you argue with a coach that has only lost 15% of his games? Compare that to Mark Tressman who has lost 38% of his games or Jason (I think I’ll trash the gatorade table) Mass who has lost 37% of his games as a head coach.

    I also doubt refs throwing flags accounts for a 63-10-2 record for Mr. Mitchell.

    • Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 12:13 pm //

      Good point sir
      Yes, this narrative that Calgary wins simply because of officials is ridiculous. In fact if not for challenges and reviews, the riders would have had 2 huge gifts from the officials against Calgary 2 weeks ago

      • Did ya change chairs ?

        Now that’s a hot one “anaconda” haha. Looks more like a rat gnawing on scraps, usually whilst talking in the refs ear.

        But, as you say, all he does is whine er, win.

        • lol
          It just kills you to think there is just more than me disparaging the riders doesn’t it.
          The good news for you, you’re an expert at denial so I’m sure you will get through it/

    • Blah, blah, blah. CFL fans outside Alberta know the truth. I’ve seen games in all provinces save Saskatchewan the last several years where Stumps have been the opponents, especially BC. Stumps always get the calls…ALWAYS. My God, it’s so predictable…Stumps may be in danger of losing a game (see 2014 GC) and SHAZAM! Out comes the big red (suitable) flag. What a joke.

  12. Paul Bomber // August 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm //

    Interesting… the winning and losing team of a game move up? I have my own ‘philosophy’ about how power rankings should work and there isn’t room for that. Either the winning team didn’t show the dominance expected (so winner same or down, loser same or up), they both performed as expected (nobody goes anywhere) or the winning team dominated beyond expectation (winner same or up, loser same or down). Oh well… this is the point, right? Some fun discussion.
    As for the Blue & Gold, I have no problem with a team on a bye going up or down as that is a reflection of other teams’ performance. And if they were indeed wearing the banana hammocks, then they’re lucky they only lost one spot.

  13. Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm //

    So when do the riders announce the signing of Terrell Owens? Do they wait until after this week’s games?

    • Waiting for you to make that announcement. Nobody follows the Riders more than you and your multiple personalities. All Riders,All The Time!

  14. Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm //

    Chris Jones tries out former Heisman trophy winner, NFL rookie of the year, former Tennessee Titan running back Eddy George today.

  15. 3down troll manyhandles finally leaves the dark hole and decides to get help. The mental health practitioner catches wind of who he is, and runs for the hills.

  16. Stamps will win Lord Grey’s cup this year. 3rd time lucky. Always worked for me when dating.

  17. Same old losers on here bickering away. I didn’t miss a thing after a few months!

  18. gocatsgo // August 9, 2018 at 9:15 pm //

    Stamps are the best team year in and year out ???? I thought that was determined by who wins the Grey Cup ? Rephrase please; Best at leading the wins column during the season followed by best at losing the game that counts !

    • Riding the Horse // August 9, 2018 at 10:54 pm //

      SO by your rational, the Toronto Argonauts are the best team in the CFL???
      Who came through the the Grey Cup and into 2018 better off?

  19. Grey cup is only 1 game. Stamps have dominated the CFL for the past 3 years. To argue against that you wouldn’t have a clue what the game is about.

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