After a thrilling set of games on Labour Day, the rematches delivered more of the same while cementing the Power Rankings in a manner not seen for several weeks. The top five teams remain locked in their spots after 13 weeks… though one gets the feeling there’s still plenty of movement to come.
Let’s take a look at the rankings.
1. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 1)
The Stamps still had a chance to win it late against Edmonton, despite committing 5,702 turnovers (all numbers approximate.) Still, Calgary has just a two-game lead in the race for tops in the West Division… and they’ve still got a date with the Riders on the dance card.
2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 2)
The Banjo Bowl win was a big step towards the post-season and a possible home playoff date at Mosaic. The Riders have won four straight and are rolling.
3. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 3)
The Esks got a much-needed win in the Labour Day re-match, the only team that managed to split the back-to-back set.
4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 4)
The Ticats have won three straight and now own a share of the East Division lead. This week’s match up against Calgary will be a good test.
5. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 5)
The Redblacks have lost two straight and are travelling to Mosaic this week. Gulp.
6. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 8)
The Lions probably saved their season with a win over Ottawa and jump two spots in the ranking. They have the most games remaining of any team in the CFL – eight – but the schedule features some tough match ups.
7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 6)
The Bombers fall from grace has been quick: they were the No. 2-ranked team in mid-August. A bye week to catch their breath – and listen to the critics – and then a trip to Montreal.
8. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 8)
Johnny has the flu, apparently. Hopefully, the Alouettes don’t vomit all over themselves against B.C., given that every game is must-win from here on out.
9. Toronto Argonauts (Previous ranking: 7)
The Argos are in trouble after losing the season series to Ticats and it doesn’t get much easier from here: after a bye they have Saskatchewan, Calgary and travel to B.C.