CIS Football Report (Week 4)

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The CIS season is through four weeks and usually that means the domination begins to show in the conferences. Only a few teams in each conference are good enough at this point to be the teams to watch heading into the end of the first half of the season. These are the teams that remain undefeated in their conferences and are on the fast path to the regular season conference titles. This year there are five of these teams as McMaster remains the class of the OUA and a strong candidate to repeat as Vanier Cup Champions. In the CanWest conference the usual suspect is back at the top and seemingly unchallenged as the Calgary Dinos are once again at the top of the conference. In the AUS the Acadia Axemen are the team to beat in their conference as their only loss came at the hands of the Laval Rouge et Or in the crossover game. The RSEQ is a little different from most of the other conferences as they have two teams that could be the champions this year. The Laval Rouge et Or are back again but the Montreal Carabins are on their heels and with both teams not facing each other until Thanksgiving the battle will remain among the other teams. As all of these teams continue to dominate their conferences the fight for the playoffs continues to be shaping up as one of the best. After four weeks there are only four teams without a win in the CIS. This has created a great sense of balance in the CIS that should prove to be a great omen for the impending playoff race. This year there are plenty of teams that could make a run at the end of the season with more than enough time to put together enough wins to grab a playoff spot. It could turn out to be one of the better playoff races in the CIS as there are a number of teams looking for that last spot. It seems that the time of the easy win in the CIS is beginning to end. There are still the teams that struggle despite their single wins this year but more and more these teams are beginning to make some noise. More teams than ever have a shot at winning in any week and that means great things for the CIS. The better the competition the more exciting the football gets which means the more people who watch it. Of course there is still a long way to go until the CIS gets to the point where every team can win in any year and that day may never be seen. The way that the university teams are made means that it is difficult for teams to stay competitive or to become competitive as they only have a maximum of five years with a full recruiting class. This makes it difficult to establish a winning team as you need to break through the top teams to begin to get the good recruiting classes year after year. It seems more and more teams are figuring out ways to get these recruiting classes as they continue to get better and look to start challenging the dominant teams. For now though the CIS remains an old boys club as the traditional powers continue to dominate the competition. As these teams continue to sit at the top they should be wary though because their reign may not last forever. Teams are getting better in the CIS and it is only a matter of time before teams begin to even the conferences out. It may never get to the point where everyone has a realistic chance but more teams than ever could be looking at the playoffs this year as the CIS approaches the halfway mark of the season and the playoffs come into focus more every week.


CIS Top 10:
1. McMaster Marauders (1)
2. Calgary Dinos (2)
3. Montreal Carabins (3)
4. Laval Rouge et Or (4)
5. Queen’s Golden Gaels (5)
6. Western Mustangs (6)
7. Regina Rams (9)
8. Manitoba Bison (8)
9. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (10)
10. Saskatchewan Huskies (7)


CIS Standings: 

1. Calgary Dinos (8)
2. Manitoba Bison (6)
3. Regina Rams (6)
4. Saskatchewan Huskies (4)
5. Alberta Golden Bears (0)
6. UBC Thunderbirds (0)


1. McMaster Marauders (8)
2. Guelph Gryphons (6)
3. Queen’s Golden Gaels (6)
4. Western Mustangs (6)
5. Laurier Golden Hawks (4)
6. Windsor Lancers (4)
7. Toronto Varsity Blues (2)
8. Waterloo Warriors (2)
9. York Lions (2)
10. Ottawa Gee Gees (0)


1. Laval Rouge et Or (8)
2. Montreal Carabins (8)
3. Concordia Stingers (4)
4. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (4)
5. Bishop’s Gaiters (2)
6. McGill Redmen (2)


1. Acadia Axemen (4)
2. Mount Allison Mounties (2)
3. StFX X-Men (2)
4. Saint Mary’s Huskies (0)


Key Scores:
#9 Regina Rams 35 – 26 Saskatchewan Huskies #7
– The battle of Saskatchewan took place this week as the Huskies took on their provincial rivals the Regina Rams in an attempt to begin a climb to the top but the rams had other things in mind as they went out and beat their rivals to begin their own climb


Mount Allison Mounties 36 – 17 StFX X-Men
– The Mounties got their first win of the season as they left the Saint Mary’s Huskies alone at the bottom of the league with no wins when they came out and beat the X-Men in a surprising result that put the Mounties back into the playoff hunt


Bishop’s Gaiters 38 – 30 Concordia Stingers
– The Gaiters got their first win of the season in a hard-fought game against the Stingers as Bishop’s was the last team to get their first win in the conference creating a division with every team in the hunt for the playoffs


#1 McMaster Marauders 33 – 20 Queen’s Golden Gaels #5
– The Golden Gaels were on a great run as of late but their true test would be against the Marauders as they took on the top team in the country and were shown where they stood as the Marauders easily handed the quickly rising team


Next Week:
#3 Montreal Carabins vs. Concordia Stingers (September 28th; 7:00 pm EDT)
– The battle of Montreal and the battle of French vs. English takes the first game in the 5th week of the CIS as the very strong Carabins take on the Stingers as Montreal hopes to continue their strong play while Concordia looks for the upset


Saint Mary’s Huskies vs. StFX X-Men (September 29th; 2:00 pm ADT)
– The Huskies are looking for their first win and to give the X-Men a taste of what they got in week four as the Huskies hope to spoil homecoming for StFX by earning the win while the X-Men look to stay ahead of the Huskies


#1 McMaster Marauders vs. #6 Western Mustangs (September 29th; 1:00 pm EDT)
– In a rematch of the 2011 Yates Cup the McMaster Marauders are looking to continue their strong undefeated season to stay at the top of the OUA while the Mustangs are looking for revenge from 2011 and looking to knock them off of the top spot


#10 Saskatchewan Huskies vs. #2 Calgary Dinos (September 29th; 5:00 pm MDT)
– The old rivalry has lost a bit of its luster this year as the Dinos have dominated the CanWest conference while the Saskatchewan Huskies have struggled at the start of the season and are looking to get back to the top of the conference

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