3Down Power Rankings: And then there were four

The CFL’s version of the final four includes three West Division teams.

We’ll continue to rank the nine teams throughout the Grey Cup playoffs.

Saskatchewan and Edmonton put together convincing wins on semifinal Sunday and are one game away from possibly meeting in the Grey Cup for the first time in history.

Calgary and Toronto enjoyed byes to get prepared for their respective division finals. The Argos actually climbed the rankings while being idle and a playoff team took a tumble. And two teams are tied for the second spot in 3DownNation’s compiled group rankings which run on points system.

Edmonton Eskimos’ C.J. Gable (39) and quarterback Mike Reilly (13) celebrate Gable’s winning touchdown in Winnipeg on Sunday, November 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

1. Edmonton Eskimos (last week 1)

C.J. Gable has made Edmonton’s offence a scary proposition to defend. Brandon Zylstra, Derel Walker, Adarius Bowman and Vidal Hazelton are a fearsome foursome with Mike Reilly delivering the football. That’s an elite group of playmakers which has Edmonton ringing up points on the scoreboard.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (19) calls the play. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

2. Calgary Stampeders (last week 2)

Bo Levi Mitchell had time to rest his injured shoulder and Calgary’s offence got the chance to reset. It’s been the defence and special teams holding the team up, especially late in the season. Time for the offence to do its part in the West Final.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Willie Jefferson (7) and Ed Gainey (11) celebrate a play in Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (last week 2)

Some people around the league feel Saskatchewan subtly put themselves in a position to crossover. If that was Chris Jones’ plan it worked out for one week. However, the real test comes Sunday facing a Marc Trestman-led team that’s had two weeks to prepare.

Toronto Argonauts’ Declan Cross, (left), celebrates with teammates following his touchdown during the second half of CFL action against the BC Lions’ at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, November 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

4. Toronto Argonauts (last week 5)

Toronto absolutely obliterated B.C. in the final week of the regular season and are getting healthy. Marcus Ball should start in the Eastern Final, a dynamic presence on defence. The Argos are favoured and rightly so.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea reacts after a call in Edmonton Eskimos’ favour in Winnipeg Sunday, November 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (last week 2)

Winnipeg fans were left with a displeased look on their face after the Bombers were dropped out of the playoffs, but it was a season of further growth. The blue and gold improved in the win category and hosted a post-season game for the first time since 2011. A change at defensive coordinator could help the Bombers reach elite status.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Bakari Grant (81) jumps past Ottawa Redblacks’ Sherrod Baltimore (27) during Eastern semifinal CFL action in Ottawa on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

6. Ottawa Redblacks (last week 6)

Ottawa got punched in the mouth and could never recover. The Redblacks have a young defence in place that gained experience in 2017. What happens at quarterback – Trevor Harris is a free agent – will be vitally important to the future of the Redblacks.

Ticats Kent Austin John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (last week 7)

Players speaking out against Kent Austin had to set alarm bells off for Ticats brass. The franchise would have a much different feel to it with the dictator out of the mix.

A B.C. Lions fan wears a pumpkin on his head during the first half of a CFL football game against the Edmonton Eskimos in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday October 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

8. B.C. Lions (last week 8)

David Braley will own the team in 2018 and he wants Wally Buono back as head coach and general manager. The 67-year-old is deciding about his own future, an important one for the franchise.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant warms up on the sidelines before taking to the field ahead of first half CFL football action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina on Friday, October 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Elvin

9. Montreal Alouettes (last week 9)

Kavis Reed has been non-committal about quarterback Darian Durant as the team’s starter for 2018, he’s signed through the 2019 season. It seems as though there could be movement at the pivotal position in La Belle Province.

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