CIS Football Report (Week 10)

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For CIS football fans the best time of the year is just about to get going as the playoffs are officially here for every team.

The OUA already began their playoff period with the quarter-finals leaving two teams already eliminated from the playoffs.

Meanwhile, every other conference went into the final week of the season with a few things to figure out as no conference had a full complement of playoff teams heading into the last week.

There was at least one spot up for grabs in every conference heading into the final week of the season and entire seasons came down to the final week.

In the west, last year’s defending champions were on the outside looking in as the UBC Thunderbirds had seen an inconsistent season all year.

They entered the final game of the year against the top team in the conference hoping for a win to get them that final spot.

They couldn’t do it as the Dinos took the win but the Regina Rams helped the T-birds out by beating Manitoba, forcing them out of the fourth and final spot while putting the Thunderbirds into the playoffs with a chance at defending their championship.

They will have a rough road to get there though as they have to play the Regina Rams, who have looked great all year if they want to get to the Hardy Cup for a second year.

In the RSEQ the battle saw the last two spots in the playoffs up for grabs with three teams all looking to find their spot.

McGill, Concordia, and Sherbrooke all had a chance at the playoffs entering their final week of the season.

All needed to win while some others needed a little bit of help to get there. Only Concordia got a win in the week with McGill and Sherbrooke taking on the best teams in the league.

For the win, Concordia rose to third place while Sherbrooke stayed at 6 points and McGill stayed at eight to earn them the final spot in the playoffs.

All of that fighting seems to be a little worthless though as Laval and Montreal still look like they could win the Vanier Cup and both Concordia and McGill will need to get by these two teams in order to find their way to the Dunsmore Cup and end the dominance of these teams.

In the east, the Acadia Axemen were sitting in the last spot in the conference with a chance to get that final spot as long as they could win their final game.

They had their fate in their own hands along with Saint Mary’s as the winner was headed to the playoffs while the loser was going home.football-sidebar

Acadia took the win and the final playoff spot as they still have a chance to win the Jewett Trophy.

It will all begin next week with some interesting match-ups including in the OUA who are already through the first round of the playoffs.

In that round, some old rivalries took focus as the McMaster Marauders beat the Guelph Gryphons in a tight game.

Meanwhile, the rematch of the Panda Game ended in a very familiar way with Carleton taking out the Ottawa Gee-Gees in a lopsided game.

It now leads to two semi-finals where the surprising Laurier Golden Hawks take on the experienced Marauders and the Ravens look for a repeat of their regular season match-up where they handed the Western Mustangs their only loss of the season.

If everything works out like is should at first glance the CIS will see some great finals match-ups in each conference.

Anything is possible but the two best teams in each conference have looked like the two best teams in each conference all season.

Laurier and Western, Laval and Montreal, and Regina and Calgary could all face off in the finals in two weeks.

If that is the case it could be a week of great match-ups to determine who will earn a spot in the national playoffs.

In the AUS, it is not as dominant but StFX has looked great and seems like they are on their way to the national playoffs this year.

The playoffs are officially here for everyone and that means the most exciting football is still to come as the pursuit of the Vanier Cup begins.

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Key Scores:
Acadia Axemen 10-3 Saint Mary’s Huskies
– It wasn’t the prettiest win for the Axemen but they did take the win and for that earned the final spot in the playoffs as they took out their long-time rivals and eliminated them from the playoffs this year

Montreal Carabins 13-0 McGill Redmen
– The Carabins were taking it slightly easy on the Redmen in this game only winning by thirteen but even with the loss the Redmen took a playoff spot and will prepare for this rematch in the first round of the playoffs

Calgary Dinos 41-35 UBC Thunderbirds
– If UBC wanted into the playoffs they had a chance to control their own fate as they took on the Dinos but they took the loss needing some help from another team to find their way back into the CanWest playoffs

Regina Rams 55-21 Manitoba Bisons
– The Rams had one last chance to show everyone that they were for real and they did just that in a dominant win over the Bisons who with the loss were eliminated from the playoffs allowing the Thunderbirds in via the final spot

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