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Football Top 10: Reigning Vanier Cup champs remain unanimous No. 1 pick

U SPORTS Staff

On the strength of a second straight convincing win to open their 2017 conference schedule, the Laval Rouge et Or (2-0) remain a unanimous selection for the No. 1 position in the second media poll of the U SPORTS football season. 

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The reigning Vanier Cup champions merited all 17 first-place votes and a perfect 170 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel to maintain a healthy lead over their RSEQ archrivals, the Montreal Carabins (1-0), who stay comfortably in second place thanks to a 150-point tally.    

Rounding out the new top 10 are the No. 3 Calgary Dinos (1-0 / 118 points / up one spot), No. 4 Western Mustangs (2-0 / 115 / down one), No. 5 Regina Rams (1-0 / 113 / no change), No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-0 / 89 / no change), No. 7 McMaster Marauders (1-0 / 50 / up one), No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies (1-0 / 42 / previously unranked), No. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees (2-0 / 40 / no change) and No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds (0-1 / 25 / down three). 

After opening the regular campaign with a 40-5 home victory over Sherbrooke back on Aug. 26, Laval was equally as dominant last Friday in its first road test of the fall, downing McGill 50-14 at Percival Molson Stadium. Reigning Vanier Cup MVP Hugo Richard was once again stellar against the Redmen with 324 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses on 28-of-34 passing, to go with his second and third rushing majors of the young season. 

Other results from top-10 teams this past week included season-opening victories for Calgary (55-26 at Alberta), Regina (36-20 over UBC), McMaster (23-9 at Carleton) and Saskatchewan (44-23 at Manitoba), as well as Western and Ottawa improving to 2-0 after surviving scares on home turf against Guelph (41-34 in OT) and Queen's (14-13), respectively. Montreal and Laurier enjoyed an early bye in Week 2.

Fans across the country will be treated to some exceptional matchups this coming weekend as no less than three top-10 confrontations are on the Week 3 schedule, featuring six of the top seven-ranked squads in the nation. 

The marquee duel takes place on Saturday afternoon when No. 1 Laval visits No. 2 Montreal, live on TVA Sports at 2 p.m. The contest will be a rematch of the last four Quebec conference finals which resulted in an even split, with all of games decided by three points or less. 

Also on Saturday afternoon, at 1 p.m., No. 4 Western travels to Hamilton to face No. 7 McMaster (OUA.TV). The last battle between the old foes, in their regular season finale a year ago, couldn't have been closer as the Mustangs prevailed 19-18 in London to finish ahead of the Marauders in the OUA standings. 

On the eve of these two Saturday matchups, on Friday evening, No. 3 Calgary hosts No. 5 Regina at McMahon Stadium (5:30 p.m. Mountain Time on Sasktel maxTV, TELUS Optik TV, Bell MTS & CanadaWest.TV).  In 2016, the Rams and Hec Crighton-winning quarterback Noah Picton won the only head-to-head meeting 32-27 on home turf to help them secure first place in the Canada West standings at the end of league play, but the Dinos ultimately had the last laugh in the playoffs as they claimed the conference banner and advanced to the Vanier Cup title match.

NOTES: Sportsnet and TVA Sports are once again the official broadcasters of the U SPORTS football semifinals and final in 2017... The Mitchell Bowl (RSEQ at Canada West) and the Uteck Bowl (OUA at AUS) are set for Saturday, Nov. 18, while the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup follows on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. ET at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. For all the information on the 53rd Vanier Cup (including tickets) visit vaniercup.com.

FRC – U SPORTS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#2)

Rank School Season Votes (pts) Previous
1 Laval (2-0) 170 (17)  1
2 Montreal (1-0) 150 2
3 Calgary (1-0) 118 4
4 Western (2-0) 115 3
5 Regina (1-0) 113 5
6 Laurier (1-0) 89 6
7 McMaster (1-0) 50 8
8 Saskatchewan (1-0) 42 NR
9 Ottawa (2-0) 40 9
10 UBC (0-1) 25 7
Other teams receiving votes: Concordia (5), StFX (5), Guelph (4), Saint Mary's (4), Waterloo (4), Manitoba (1).

WEEK 2 RESULTS

August 31

  • Concordia 23, Sherbrooke 22 (at Sherbrooke)

September 1

  • StFX 37, Mount Allison 0 (at StFX)
  • Laval 50, McGill 14 (at McGill)
  • Saskatchewan 44, Manitoba 23 (at Manitoba)
  • Regina 36, UBC 20 (at Regina)
  • Calgary 55, Alberta 26 (at Alberta)

September 2

  • Acadia 27, Bishop's 10 (at Acadia)

September 3

  • McMaster 23, Carleton 9 (at Carleton)

September 4

  • Waterloo 52, York 8 (at Waterloo)
  • Ottawa 14, Queen's 13 (at Ottawa)
  • Western 41, Guelph 34 (OT) (at Western)
  • Toronto 19, Windsor 12 (at Toronto)

 

WEEK 2 SCHEDULE

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September 8

  • No. 5 Regina (1-0) at No. 3 Calgary (1-0), 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT (Sasktel maxTV, TELUS Optik TV, Bell MTS & CanadaWest.TV)
  • Alberta (0-1) at No. 8 Saskatchewan (1-0), 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (Sasktel maxTV, TELUS Optik TV, Bell MTS & CanadaWest.TV)

September 9

  • Acadia (1-1) at StFX (1-1), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (Bell Aliant Fibe TV1 & AUStv.ca)
  • Windsor (0-2) at Guelph (0-2), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (Rogers TV & OUA.TV)
  • No. 4 Western (2-0) at No. 7 McMaster (1-0), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (OUA.TV)
  • No. 9 Ottawa (2-0) at York (0-2), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (OUA.TV)
  • Toronto (1-1) at Waterloo (2-0), 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (OUA.TV)
  • Saint Mary's (1-0) at Bishop's (0-1), 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT (AUStv.ca & GaitersTV)
  • No. 1 Laval (2-0) at No. 2 Montreal (1-0), 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT (TVA Sports)
  • Manitoba (0-1) at No. 10 UBC (0-1), 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT (CanadaWest.TV)
  • McGill (0-1) at Sherbrooke (0-2), 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
  • Carleton (1-1) at No. 6 Laurier (1-0), 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT (OUA.TV)

Publication of ballots - 2017 FRC media panel

Name Affiliation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Donnovan Bennett (président) Sportsnet Laval Montreal Laurier Western Regina Calgary UBC Concordia StFX Saskatchewan
Lee Barette Canada Football Chat Laval Montreal Calgary Regina Western Laurier McMaster UBC Concordia Ottawa
Michel Bélanger Former CIS Communications Laval Montreal Western Regina Calgary UBC Laurier Saskatchewan McMaster Ottawa
Shelby Blackley The Globe and Mail Laval Montreal Regina Calgary Laurier Western UBC McMaster Saskatchewan Ottawa
Richard Boutin Journal de Québec Laval Montreal Western Calgary Regina Laurier McMaster UBC Ottawa Saskatchewan
CFL   Laval Montreal Western Calgary Regina Laurier McMaster Ottawa Saskatchewan UBC
Justin Dunk 3 Down Nation Laval Montreal Calgary Western Regina Laurier Ottawa McMaster Saskatchewan UBC
John Edwards U SPORTS Statistics Consultant Laval Montreal Calgary Regina Western Laurier McMaster Ottawa Saskatchewan Guelph
Marshall Ferguson TSN Radio 1150 Laval Montreal Regina Laurier Western Calgary Saskatchewan Guelph McMaster Manitoba
Moe Khan TSN Radio 690 Laval Calgary Montreal Ottawa Western Regina Saskatchewan McMaster Laurier Waterloo
Tim Micallef Sportsnet Laval Montreal Regina Laurier Western Calgary McMaster Ottawa StFX UBC
Monty Mosher Nova Scotia sports reporter Laval Montreal Western Calgary Regina Laurier Saskatchewan McMaster Ottawa Saint Mary`s
Gord Randall Krown Countdown U Laval Calgary Montreal Western Regina Laurier Saskatchewan McMaster UBC Ottawa
Neate Sager The CIS Blog Laval Montreal Regina Calgary Western Laurier Saskatchewan McMaster Saint Mary's Waterloo
Claude Scilley Kingston sports reporter Laval Montreal Laurier Regina Western McMaster Calgary Ottawa Saskatchewan StFX
C-A Sinotte TVA Laval Montreal Western UBC Calgary Regina Ottawa Carleton Guelph Mount Allison
Ameetra Vohra Football Canada Laval Montreal Western Calgary Regina Laurier Ottawa Saskatchewan Waterloo Saint Mary's
Andrew Wadden Krown Countdown U Laval Calgary Montreal Western Regina Ottawa Saskatchewan McMaster Laurier UBC