Power Rankings: B.C. and bye week blues

With three teams on a bye last week (Calgary, Saskatchewan, Toronto) you’d think that the opportunity for movement in the Power Rankings would be limited.

Well, like going for it on third-and-one out of the shotgun, you’d be wrong.

It’s not exactly chaos but there was significant movement in the pecking order, particularly in the troublesome space between the definitely good (Calgary) and the definitely not-so-good (Montreal.)

Let’s get to it.

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)

It’s been a (bad) running joke in the Power Rankings that team’s on a bye are impacted in the rankings by how they look in a Speedo. So yes, DeVone Claybrooks looks fantastic in a banana hammock.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols (15) and Nic Demski (10) celebrate Demski’s touchdown during the second half of CFL action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in Winnipeg on Friday, August 10, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 3)

The Bombers took care of business against the Ticats and must now be considered good… as long as they take care of business at home against the Redblacks this week.

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, centre, waits to enter the field before a CFL football game against the B.C. Lions, in Vancouver on Thursday, August 9, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

3. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 2)

Edmonton lost on the road in B.C. which means a) either they are not as good we thought they were or b) B.C. is better than we thought they were. Johnny comes to town this week so that could be good… or really, really bad.

Ottawa Redblacks’ William Powell (29) celebrates his touchdown with Greg Ellingson (82) during second half CFL action against the Montreal Alouettes, in Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

4. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 4)

The Alouettes gave the Redblacks a run for their money and wins against the Alouettes haven’t been worth much to begin with. Ottawa is winning ugly… but still winning.

B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay tosses the ball to teammate Emmanuel Arceneaux during first half CFL football action against the Edmonton Eskimos, in Vancouver on Thursday, August 9, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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

Go ahead, root against Wally Buono in his final season and Travis Lulay turning back the clock.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Taylor Loffler (16) and Chris Randle (8) chase down Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (8) as he drives for the touchdown line during the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg on Friday, August 10, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

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

The Ticats had a chance to prove something against Winnipeg. They didn’t. And so here they sit.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter goes over plays on the bench during pre-season CFL action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Friday, June 8, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

7. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 4)

A precipitous drop in the rankings while not playing a game would indicate something crazy happened on the bye but this is the Riders so… something crazy happened on the bye. Also, it’s really too bad our comments section is closed.

Toronto Argonauts head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of CFL football game action against the Calgary Stampeders at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, June 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

8. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 8)

At home against the Lions this week feels like a statement game for both teams. Over under Shawn Lemon sacks: 2.5.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) loses control of the ball under pressure from Ottawa Redblacks’ Corey Tindal (28) during first half CFL action in Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

9. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)

We could make jokes but the Alouettes didn’t look terrible against Ottawa and Manziel looked… better. Johnny + Duron just feels right, doesn’t it?

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