Manitoba Bisons climb back into U Sports top ten football rankings

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The University of Manitoba Bisons climbed back into the U Sports top ten football rankings on Tuesday following a dominant 46-4 victory over the Calgary Dinos.

Second-year running back Breydon Stubbs set a new career high with 169 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win as the Bisons ran for 352 yards, the fifth-best total in school history. The club will face the undefeated Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday, Sept. 30 for a chance to move further up the rankings this upcoming week.

Manitoba started the year ranked No. 6 on the rankings but dropped off following an 0-2 start. They are ranked No. 9 on the new rankings, which were released on Tuesday.

1. Western Mustangs (4-0)
2. Saskatchewan Huskies (4-0)
3. Montreal Carabins (4-0)
4. Queen’s Golden Gaels (4-1)
5. Laval Rouge et Or (3-1)
6. Regina Rams (3-1)
7. Ottawa Gee-Gees (4-1)
8. St. FX X-Men (4-0)
9. Manitoba Bisons (2-2)
10. Carleton Ravens (3-2)

The Mustangs have sat atop the rankings all season and received 14 unanimous first-place votes from the U Sports football media panel this week. There was no movement in any of the top six positions, though the Gee-Gees and X-Men flipped positions following Ottawa’s 21-18 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

Carleton has also reentered the top ten after initially appearing on the list at No. 10 to start the year. The Ravens defeated the Windsor Lancers at home this past week by a score of 24-7, limiting their opponent to just 75 yards through the air.

The Alberta Golden Bears (2-2) and Mount Allison Mounties (3-1) fell out of the rankings following one-sided losses to Saskatchewan and St. FX, respectively.

For a full recap of this past week’s U Sports action, click here.