CIS Football Report (Week 7)

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The CIS is coming quickly to an end as there are only two weeks left in the season for most of the conferences. With the AUS, RSEQ, and CanWest conferences finishing in the next two weeks there is one conference that is finishing next week. The OUA is a larger league that contains 10 teams making their schedule somewhat shorter as they play 8 games in total with no weeks off. The large conference also forces them to end their regular season before everyone else to accommodate the six teams that make the playoffs. With these teams making it the top two teams in the conference earn a first round bye in the playoffs and this is an essential part to the season as there is no bye week in the OUA. This year in the OUA there is yet another battle raging on as with most years. With The now top ranked Western Mustangs earning another win against the Toronto Varsity Blues they remained undefeated. The Mustangs also clinched another OUA regular season championship and the first round bye. With Western alone at the top there is still a battle for the last bye week as McMaster currently holds the second spot in the OUA with a 6-1 record but they have some close company. In third and fourth place stand Queen’s Golden Gaels and the Ottawa Gee Gees with 5-2 records. With one game left the Marauders could lose their second spot by tying the Gaels who handed them their only loss to date. The Gee Gees will get their chance to take out McMaster as they will play each other. The Gee Gees could overtake the Gaels with a win putting them into the second spot but if the Gaels win their game they will have the chance to take the spot depending on point differential. It will be a big game to determine who will get the much-needed week off and the losers will have to continue fighting through the playoffs. The OUA is almost figured out as all but one spot is closed. Western, McMaster, Queen’s, Ottawa, and Windsor have all clinched their spot but the Laurier Golden Hawks are sitting on the bubble. With Guelph and Toronto breathing down their neck for the last spot in the playoffs and with Toronto facing the winless Waterloo Warriors the biggest game will be between Laurier and Guelph as they battle directly for the last spot. The OUA is almost finished its season and with a number of battles to watch for in their last week the end of the CIS season should be an exciting one. Meanwhile the other conferences are still fighting for the playoffs with two more weeks to go. In the West Calgary clinched the conference while Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Regina will all be fighting for a spot in the next two weeks. The AUS does not have a champion yet but two teams have clinched while StFX and Mount Allison will fight it out for the last playoff spot. The RSEQ has a tight race for the top spot between Laval and Sherbrooke while Concordia and Bishop’s fight for the last spot. The CIS season is starting to wind down but the most exciting part of the season is just beginning. With the last two weeks starting next weekend the CIS will begin to heat up with one loss ending any hope for certain teams.

As teams prepare for the playoffs the CIS lost yet another undefeated team after an appeal by the Montreal Carabins. As you may recall last week Saint Mary’s earned another win on their record making them undefeated. The win was given to them due to an illegible player used by the Montreal Carabins. This week the Carabins submitted an appeal on the decision forcing the CIS to take the win away from the Saint Mary’s Huskies until the appeal is resolved. With this and a win this weekend the Huskies went to 5-1 on the year and back into a tie for first place with the Acadia Axemen. With their undefeated season halted and Laval losing last weekend there are only two undefeated teams left and both have clinched their conference. The Western Mustangs took on Toronto but did not have their dominant performance. The Mustangs still won convincingly 21-9 against a team that has struggled this year. The Mustangs clinched the OUA with the win and remained on two of the CIS rankings as one of two undefeated teams. Next week they will look to complete their undefeated season against Queen’s who will be playing for a playoff spot. Meanwhile Calgary faced off with a longtime CanWest rival the Saskatchewan Huskies. Calgary won the game by a convincing margin with a 20-8 score. Calgary joined Western as the undefeated teams in the CIS. Calgary still has two weeks to finish their undefeated season and they will do this against Manitoba and UBC. Calgary and Western will continue to fight for their undefeated seasons as they hope to remain without a loss as they go into the playoffs.


CIS Top 10:

1. Western Mustangs (1)

2. Calgary Dinos (2)

3. Laval Rouge et Or (3)

4. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (4)

5. McMaster Marauders (6)

6. Montreal Carabins (5)

7. Saint Mary’s Huskies (8)

8. UBC Thunderbirds (9)

9. Ottawa Gee Gees (10)

10. Saskatchewan Huskies (7)





1. x-Saint Mary’s Huskies (5-1)

2. x-Acadia Axemen (5-1)

3. StFX X-Men (1-5)

4. Mount Allison Mounties (0-6)



1. y-Calgary Dinos (6-0)

2. x-UBC Thunderbirds (4-2)

3. Manitoba Bisons (3-3)

4. Saskatchewan Huskies (3-3)

5. Regina Rams (2-4)

6. Alberta Golden Bears (0-6)



1. y-Western Mustangs (7-0)

2. x-McMaster Marauders (6-1)

3. x-Queen’s Golden Gaels (5-2)

4. x-Ottawa Gee Gees (5-2)

5. x-Windsor Lancers (4-3)

6. Laurier Golden Hawks (3-4)

7. Guelph Gryphons (2-5)

8. Toronto Varsity Blues (2-5)

9. York Lions (1-6)

10. Waterloo Warriors (0-7)



1. x-Laval Rouge et Or (6-1)

2. x-Sherbrooke Vert et Or (6-1)

3. x-Montreal Carabins (4-3)

4. Concordia Stingers (3-4)

5. Bishop’s Gaitors (2-5)

6. McGill Redmen (0-7)

x-Clinched Playoff Spot   y-Clinched Conference


Key Scores:

#2 Calgary Dinos 20 – 8 Saskatchewan Huskies #7

– Calgary continued their unbeaten streak against their longtime CanWest rivals and clinched the top spot in the conference


#8 Saint Mary’s Huskies 37 – 18 StFX X-Men

– Saint Mary’s would be undefeated again this week if not for an appeal but they put this behind them to win their game and ensure a spot in the playoffs


#1 Western Mustangs 21 – 9 Toronto Varsity Blues

– Western remained one of two unbeaten teams as they beat Toronto whose playoffs dreams were set back by the loss


#3 Laval Rouge et Or 57 – 9 Bishop’s Gaitors

– Laval came off their first loss in over a year in a big way against Bishop’s who will continue to try to put together wins for a playoff berth


Key Matchups Next Week:

StFX X-Men vs. Mount Allison Mounties (Oct. 21st; 7:00 pm AT)

– The X-Men will be trying to stave off the Mounties as they play for a playoff spot against the only team that can unseat them


Laurier Golden Hawks vs. Guelph Gryphons (Oct. 22nd; 1:00 pm ET)

– With one week left the Golden Hawks will play the Gryphons in a game that could decide the last playoff spot in the OUA


#10 Saskatchewan Huskies vs. Regina Rams (Oct. 22nd; 7:00 pm MT)

– A win by either of these teams could go a long way to earning the last CanWest playoff spot with only two weeks to go


McGill Redmen vs. Bishop’s Gaitors (Oct. 22nd; 1:00 pm ET)

– McGill has no wins this year and will be out of the playoffs but could play spoiler to Bishop’s who will try to inch closer to a berth in the playoffs

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