Montreal Carabins move up U Sports football top ten rankings after reaching Dunsmore Cup

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The Montreal Carabins have moved up two spots in the U Sports football top ten rankings after an impressive showing in the RSEQ Semi-Finals.

The Carabins defeated the Sherbrooke Vert et Or by a score of 23-15 on Saturday as quarterback Jonathan Sénécal threw for 264 yards and one touchdown. RSEQ all-star Philippe Lemieux-Cardinal led the way for the team’s defence, recording one sack and three tackles for loss, as the Vert et Or were held to 248 yards of total offence.

It was a chippy game played between hated rivals that featured 31 penalties for 320 yards. The teams split their two regular season meetings with Sherbrooke winning the most recent matchup by a score of 12-5. The Carabins will now face Laval in the Dunsmore Cup for a ninth consecutive season.

The top four spots on the rankings all remained the same as Western, Laval, Queen’s, and Saskatchewan advanced to the next round of the postseason. St. FX fell one spot while awaiting the winner of the AUS Semi-Final on a bye, while Ottawa fell one spot after being eliminated from postseason contention by the Golden Gaels.

1. Western Mustangs (9-0)
2. Laval Rouge et Or (8-1)
3. Queen’s Golden Gaels (9-1)
4. Saskatchewan Huskies (8-1)
5. Montreal Carabins (7-2)
6. St. FX X-Men (8-0)
7. Ottawa Gee-Gees (7-3)
8. Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (6-4)
9. UBC Thunderbirds (5-4)
10. Mount Allison Mounties (5-4)

UBC reentered the top ten after upsetting the Regina Rams on the road in the Canada West Semi-Finals this past weekend. The Thunderbirds are now set to face the Huskies for the Canada West crown just three weeks after upsetting them in the regular season, though Saskatchewan had nothing to play for in the contest.

Regina and Manitoba were pushed out of this week’s rankings after being eliminated from the Canada West playoffs.

Click here for a full recap of this past week’s U Sports action.

This weekend’s postseason schedule is as follows. All four games will be played on Saturday, Nov. 12.

AUS Final — Loney Bowl

Mount Allison Mounties at St. FX-Men — 1:00 p.m. EST

OUA Final — Yates Cup

Queen’s Golden Gaels at Western Mustangs — 1:00 p.m. EST

RSEQ Final — Dunsmore Cup

Montreal Carabins at Laval Rouge et Or — 2:00 p.m. EST

Canada West Final — Hardy Cup

UBC Thunderbirds at Saskatchewan Huskies — 2:00 p.m. EST