Power Rankings: Chaos reigns in the mushy middle

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.

Calgary Stampeders Lemar Durant (1) celebrates his touchdown with Kamar Jorden (88) as Ottawa Redblacks Loucheiz Purifoy (5) walks off, during second half CFL action in Ottawa on Thursday, July 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

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…

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly (13) hands off to C.J. Gable (2) against the Toronto Argonauts during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday July 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

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.

Ticat coach June Jones with Brandon Banks at mini camp Tuesday.
John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 4)

Didn’t play, lost last game, move up a spot. Welcome to the 2018 CFL everybody!

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris (33) runs the ball past B.C. Lions’ Junior Luke, second left, and Bo Lokombo (20) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver on Saturday July 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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.

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris (7) tries to avoid Calgary Stampeders Ja’Gared Davis (95) during first half CFL action in Ottawa on Thursday, July 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

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.

Toronto Argonauts quarterback James Franklin (2) prepares to pass the football against the Edmonton Eskimos during second quarter CFL action in Toronto on Saturday, July 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

6. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 5)

Another solid game from James Franklin gives the Argonauts hope… but they’re still 1-3.

B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay (14) waits to be introduced before a CFL football game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Vancouver on Saturday July 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter signs autographs before first half CFL action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday, June 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

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.

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