Huskies Remain In Top 10

Thanks to a second straight near-perfect performance on home turf, theUniversity of Montreal Carabins (3-0) were a unanimous No. 1 selection in this week’s CIS football national rankings, a first in program history.

After receiving 27 of 30 first-place votes last Tuesday, the reigning two-time RSEQ conference champions merited all first-place nods and a perfect 300 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel to become the first unanimous pick since Laval in 2014 (Oct. 28 poll).

The Calgary Dinos (3-0) and Laval Rouge et Or (2-1) once again complete the Big Three this week after earning 266 and 238 points in the new media poll, respectively.

Rounding out the fourth national rankings of the campaign are the No. 4 Western Mustangs (3-1 / 197 points / up one position), No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (3-0 / 178 / up two), No. 6Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-0 / 159 / up two), No. 7 McMaster Marauders (3-1 / 105 / up two), No. 8Saskatchewan Huskies (2-1 / 87 / up two), No. 9 Regina Rams (2-1 / 54 / previously unranked) and No. 10 Carleton Ravens (2-2 / 38 / down six).

Laurier reaches the No. 5 spot for the first time since 2007, when the Golden Hawks occupied that position in each of the last three polls of the season. Regina cracks the Top 10 for the first time since a seventh-place nod in the final poll of 2012.

Also of note, defending national champion UBC (1-2) finds itself on the outside looking in this week following its second straight loss. The Thunderbirds are the first reigning Vanier Cup titlists to drop out of the Top 10 since Queen’s in 2010.

Top-ranked Montreal easily improved to 3-0 on the season last Friday night with a 59-3 domination of visiting Concordia. A week earlier, the Carabins had opened their home schedule with a 61-0 rout of Bishop’s at CEPSUM Stadium.

While Laval (41-3 vs. Sherbrooke) and McMaster (35-0 vs. Waterloo) were also comfortable winners this past weekend, it was a different story for other Top 10 teams.

Calgary edged Saskatchewan 20-19 in Saskatoon thanks to a 10-yard field goal from freshman kicker Niko DiFonte with 41 seconds remaining in regulation. In another Top 10 matchup, this one in the nation’s capital, fifth-year senior Eric Guiltinan rushed for 200 yards to lead Laurier to a 17-16 win over Carleton.

Western got all it could handle from Queen’s before prevailing 27-13 in Kingston. Ottawa needed double overtime on home turf to down Guelph 31-28. Finally, Regina doubled UBC 20-10 in Vancouver to win its second straight after putting an end to a nine-game losing streak.