OK, here’s what we know for sure: the Calgary Stampeders, at 4-0, are good. The Montreal Alouettes are bad.
And we’re done.
The rest of the CFL’s mushy middle features seven teams seemingly incapable of consistency thereby turning this (and every other Power Ranking) into an exercise rife with guesswork and inherent contradiction. To wit:
• the Eskimos have lost to the No. 3 ranked team and the No. 6 ranked team and yet are ranked No. 2
• the Ticats lost their most recent game to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and yet are ranked five spots ahead of them.
• the Riders, at 2-2, are also ranked below the 1-3 Toronto Argonauts, who they beat in Week 1. Saskatchewan also dropped a spot in the rankings despite being on a bye and winning their last game.
• the Redblacks are ranked below the Bombers despite identical 2-2 records and the fact that Ottawa’s two losses came at the hands of Calgary and Winnipeg lost to B.C.
• B.C., at No. 7, is still ranked three spots behind the Bombers, who they beat on Saturday night.
You see what we mean? Contradictions and ridiculousness everywhere.
Anyway, here’s what the rankings look like.
1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)
The Stampeders are the unanimous top team in the CFL but there are questions about Bo Levi’s health. They do, however, face Montreal at home on Saturday so…
2. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 6)
The Esks hardly looked dominant in their squeaker over Toronto and yet jump four spots in the rankings. Shrug emoji.
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 4)
Didn’t play, lost last game, move up a spot. Welcome to the 2018 CFL everybody!
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 2)
The Bombers choked away what looked to be a sure-fire victory against the Lions and join the ranks of the mystifying pretenders as a result.
5. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 3)
Walloped by Calgary with Trevor Harris getting yanked again. They’ve got B.C. coming to town on Friday in a game that’s suddenly very interesting.
6. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 5)
Another solid game from James Franklin gives the Argonauts hope… but they’re still 1-3.
7. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 8)
The return of Travis Lulay and a comeback win for the Lions bumps them up one spot but they’ll have to prove they’re for real to keep moving up.
8. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 7)
The Riders drop a spot without doing anything wrong. #Conspiracy.
9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)
A bye week changes nothing unless they found a quarterback.