CIS Football Report (Week 2)

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CIS Football would get back into full swing this past weekend when two conferences joined the OUA in beginning their season. The second week of the CIS season is more the official start of the season than the week before. The imbalance of the conferences in the CIS have made the starting day for the league a murky one. The OUA began their season the week before Labour Day when they would hold their first week of games a week before everyone else. With 11 teams in the conference the OUA must start their season early as they end the season early with a longer playoff race. 6 teams make the playoffs in the OUA and so an extra week of playoffs is required pushing their season openers to before schools begin. Although they mark the official start to the season it never really feels like the season has already started in that first week. Two more conferences catch up to the OUA on Labour Day when the CanWest and RSEQ conferences, both have six teams, begin their season. These two conferences truly mark the beginning of the season as they are half of the CIS and make up the more normal conferences in the league. They would start their season this past weekend as they look to start their run to the end of the season. Then there is the smallest conference in the CIS as the AUS has yet to start their season. The Atlantic teams will get one more week before they start their season and will all play an inter-conference game with the RSEQ to fill in their season. The start dates of these conferences shows just how unique the CIS is and unique every conference is within the league. As the season has started for three of the four conferences the season is officially under way. As with every year the season starts and immediately the race for the playoffs begin. The CIS season is a sprint not a marathon as teams need to get out to a quick start immediately because if they don’t they may be too far gone before they know it. There are only 10 weeks long with most teams only playing 9 games. A loss early in the season in most other leagues does not mean all that much as long as the team can turn things around. In the CIS a loss at the start of the season is fine as long as that loss is followed by a win as there is not a lot of room for losing teams. This sprint to the finish would begin as the good teams would start their run to the playoffs while the bad teams would try to surprise everyone with a big win. The CIS season has started and teams are on their way in the 2013 season. There will sure to be some major upsets and some dominant teams throughout the year as all of the teams figure out where they stand. The preseason talk is over and teams now put their best foot forward as they look to prove everyone right or wrong about where many people think they will end their season. The race is on and it should be a good one as the big four look to repeat while the rest look to unseat the champions.

 

CIS Top 10:
1. Laval Rouge et Or (1)
2. Queen’s Golden Gaels (2)
3. montreal Carabins (5)
4. Western Mustangs (4)
5. Calgary Dinos (3)
6. McMaster Marauders (6)
7. Guelph Gryphons (7)
8. Saskatchewan Huskies (9)
9. Manitoba Bisons (10)
10. Bishop’s Gaiters (–)

 

CIS Standings

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

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

RSEQ:
1. Laval Rouge et Or (2)
2. Montreal Carabins (2)
3. Bishop’s Gaiters (2)
4. Sherbrooke Vert et Or (0)
5. Concordia Stingers (0)
6. McGill Redmen (0)

 

Key Scores:
Saskatchewan Huskies 40 – 33 Regina Rams
– The battle of Saskatchewan would highlight the first week of the CanWest season and it would be a big battle as the Huskies came out on top sending a blow to the Rams who start the season 0-1

Bishop’s Gaiters 28 – 27 Sherbrooke Vert et Or
– The Gaiters were not supposed to be a team that challenged the top three in the RSEQ but nobody seemed to tell them as they would take the Vert et Or to the brink and would earn the win in one of the closest games of the week

Guelph Gryphons 24 – 23 Windsor Lancers
– The Gryphons are supposed to be the team that can challenge the McMaster Marauders but before that they had to get by Windsor which they barely did in their second game of the year beating the Lancers by one point

Western Mustangs 77 – 10 Carleton
– The Carleton Ravens would play their first game in 15 years but they would not start their season in great fashion after being easily handled by the Mustangs who gave a rough introduction to the OUA

 

Next Week:
Acadia Axemen vs. Saint Mary’s Huskies (Friday September 6th; 7:00 pm ADT)
– The AUS season kicks off in a big way as the Axemen and the Huskies take their first swing in the battle for the conference with both teams expected to fight all year to win the AUS conference and make the National playoffs

Concordia Stingers vs. McGill Redmen (Friday September 6th; 7:00 pm ET)
– The Shaughnessy Cup will get underway for the 45th year as the Stingers and the Redmen fight for supremacy in Montreal as both teams may see this game be their only win of the season as they both do not look to challenge for the conference

Western Mustangs vs. McMaster Marauders (Saturday September 7th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Mustangs are one of the most consistent teams in the OUA and one of the largest programs as they take on the two-time champions in the Marauders who are looking to recover from their loss in week 2 to Queen’s

Waterloo Warriors vs. Carleton Ravens (Saturday September 7th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Ravens will bring football back to the Carleton campus as they will open Frank Claire Stadium when they take on the Waterloo Warriors who may be their biggest competition to stay out of the bottom of the conference

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