At this point in the season, you’d kind of expect the Power Rankings to more or less match up with the standings: after all, we’ve had 20 weeks to separate the wheat from the chaff.
But while the chaff has been determined – the non-playoff teams are at the bottom of our rankings – things at the top remain muddled. The top team will finish third in the West and will have the toughest road to the Grey Cup with visits to Calgary and Saskatchewan (the order of which still has to be determined.) Meanwhile, the Riders – who have won five of six – can’t seem to grab ahold of the top spot.
Let’s have a look where everybody stands:
1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Previous ranking: 1)
The Bombers cemented their hold on the No. 1 spot by handing the Calgary Stampeders their third straight loss. They’ll be on the road for the playoffs, though.
2. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Previous ranking: 2)
The Riders took care of business against the B.C. Lions and there’s an argument they should be No. 1, given their 2-1 record over Winnipeg this season. It’s mostly coming from Riderville, though.
3. Ottawa Redblacks (Previous ranking: 5)
Two straight wins over Hamilton has not only earned the Redblacks the East crown but it’s vaulted Ottawa from No. 7 to No. 3 in the rankings.
4. Calgary Stampeders (Previous ranking: 3)
The Stamps have faltered at the wrong time of year and still need a win to lock up the West. That won’t get them back to No. 1 in the rankings, though.
5. B.C. Lions (Previous ranking: 4)
The Lions are 2-7 on the road this season – not a good sign given that they are the crossover team.
6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Previous ranking: 6)
The Ticats can’t fall much lower at this point with just the non-playoff teams below them.
7. Edmonton Eskimos (Previous ranking: 7)
All that’s left for the Esks now is the post-mortem on a lost season.
8. Montreal Alouettes (Previous ranking: 9)
Johnny gets his first win and drags the Alouettes out of the rankings basement. For now, at least.