Heading into their fifth straight Yates Cup appearance, the Western Mustangs top the U SPORTS football national rankings for the eighth consecutive week.
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The Mustangs (9-0 overall) received 12 of 15 first-place votes and 222 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel in the 11th and final poll of the campaign, good for 447 total points when combined with statistical calculation by the ELO Rating System.
The remaining first-place nods once again went to the defending Vanier Cup champion Laval Rouge et Or (8-1), who collected 421 total points to stay put at No. 2 for the fourth straight Tuesday. Laval topped the first three polls of the season in late August and early September.
Rounding out the last top 10 of 2019 are the No. 3 McMaster Marauders (7-2 / 344 points / up one position), No. 4 Acadia Axemen (8-0 / 340 / up one), No. 5 Montreal Carabins (7-2 / 329 / up one), No. 6 Saskatchewan Huskies (6-3 / 329 / up one), No. 7 Calgary Dinos (7-2 / 282 / up one), No. 8 Guelph Gryphons (7-3 / 248 / down five), No. 9 Waterloo Warriors (5-5 / 204 / no change) and No. 10 Regina Rams (3-5 / 112 / no change).
Higher seeds took full advantage of home field in last weekend’s conference semifinals, winning all seven contests.
In the OUA, top-ranked Western overcame an early third-quarter deficit to edge Waterloo 30-24, while McMaster held Guelph to 262 yards of total offence to prevail 19-9.
In the RSEQ, freshman Thomas Bolduc threw for a career high 311 yards to lead Laval to a 40-8 domination of Concordia, while Montreal had its best offensive output of the season in a 39-6 defeat of McGill.
In the lone AUS confrontation, Bishop’s took a commanding 19-0 lead into halftime and never looked back en route to a 28-18 victory against Mount Allison.
In Canada West, U SPORTS rushing leader Adam Machart racked up 232 yards on 23 carries to help Saskatchewan take down Alberta 28-23. Meanwhile at Calgary, Nick Statz intercepted a two-point convert attempt on the final play of regulation as the Dinos escaped with a wild 47-46 victory over Manitoba.
The stage is now set for Saturday’s conference finals.
At London, Western goes for its third straight Yates Cup championship, while McMaster makes its first appearance in the OUA final since a triumph over Guelph in 2014. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (OUA TV & CHCH).
At Wolfville, N.S., undefeated Acadia looks for its second Loney Bowl title in three years, while Bishop’s, which joined the AUS in 2017, makes its first appearance in a league final since a 14-7 win over McGill in the 1994 OQIFC title match. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (AUStv & Bell Aliant TV1).
At Quebec City, Laval and Montreal face off in the Dunsmore Cup final for the seventh consecutive season. The Rouge et Or have won four of those duels, including the last three. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT (TVA Sports).
At Calgary, the hometown Dinos hope to avenge a shocking 43-18 loss to the Huskies in last year’s Hardy Cup final, also played at McMahon Stadium. Calgary is looking for its ninth Canada West title in 12 years, while Saskatchewan aims to repeat as conference champion for the first time since 2006. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT (Canada West TV Presented by Co-op & SaskTel maxTV, TELUS Optik TV, Bell MTS Fibe TV).
Saturday’s winners will battle in the Uteck Bowl (RSEQ at AUS) and Mitchell Bowl (OUA at Canada West) national semifinals on Nov. 16. The 55th Vanier Cup presented by Promutuel Insurance follows on Nov. 23 in Quebec City.
FRC – U SPORTS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#11)
For the second straight season, U SPORTS is using the ELO Rating System for the calculation of its weekly national rankings. Powered by RankR, ELO’s unique algorithm blends a statistical calculation with customized variables that is adaptable across a range of sports. For football, it will be combined with the results of the Football Reporters of Canada panel balloting (each weighted 50%) to produce the final top 10.
|Rank||School||ReG. Season Record||Playoff Record||Media Points (1st place)||ELO Points||Total Points||Previous Ranking|
|Honourable mentions: Bishop’s (111), Carleton (98), Manitoba (90), Alberta (69), Laurier (66).|
* In case of a tie in total points, the tie-breaker is number of points from the media vote.