CIS Football 2013

The OUA started this past weekend due to the new program at Carleton making 11 teams in the league and necessitating bye weeks. The RSEQ and Canada West start this coming weekend, with AUS the week after.

Preseason Top 10:


FRC – CIS Football Top 10 (#1): Reigning Vanier Cup champion Laval opens season at No. 1

OTTAWA (CIS) – For the seventh time in nine years, the Laval Rouge et Or top the first national ranking of the CIS football season.

The Rouge et Or, who last fall captured a record-setting seventh Vanier Cup title in only their 17th CIS campaign, received all 20 first-place votes and 200 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel in the inaugural weekly poll of 2013.

Following in order are the No. 2 Queen’s Gaels (141 points), No. 3 Calgary Dinos (137), No. 4 Western Mustangs (129), No. 5 Montreal Carabins (123), No. 6 McMaster Marauders (122), No. 7 Guelph Gryphons (75), No. 8 Sherbrooke Vert & Or (59), No. 9 Saskatchewan Huskies (57) and No. 10 Manitoba Bisons (36).

Top-ranked Laval, which returns a whopping 11 starters on offence from the squad that dominated McMaster 37-14 in last year’s national final, was impressive last Saturday in a pre-season test against Calgary, defeating the five-time defending Canada West champions 32-3 in front of over 11,000 fans in Quebec City. The Rouge et Or remain on home turf this Saturday to open their RSEQ schedule against McGill.

While teams from the three other conferences were still in preparation mode, league action kicked off on Sunday in Ontario with No. 2 Queen’s (52-1 vs. York), No. 4 Western (50-14 vs. Toronto), No. 6 McMaster (51-24 vs. Ottawa) and No. 7 Guelph (21-7 vs. Laurier) all starting the new campaign on the right foot.

Five more OUA matchups are scheduled on Labour Day Monday, highlighted by a McMaster-Queen’s duel in Kingston. Western and Guelph are at home versus newcomer Carleton (0-0) and Windsor (1-0), respectively.

In Quebec, in addition to the McGill-Laval tilt, No. 5 Montreal opens at Concordia on Saturday, while No. 8 Sherbrooke visits Bishop’s on Sunday.

Out West, No. 9 Saskatchewan and No. 10 Manitoba both kick things off at home on Friday night, against Regina and Alberta, while No. 3 Calgary visits UBC on Saturday.

The AUS regular schedule starts on Sept. 6.

A grand total of 124 games will be played across the country over a three-month period, culminating with the TELUS Vanier Cup on November 23 at TELUS-Université Laval Stadium in Quebec City. This year’s national semifinals – both set for Nov. 16 - will see the RSEQ and AUS champions battle in the Maritimes (Uteck Bowl), while the OUA champs visit the Canada West titlists (Mitchell Bowl).

NOTES: Team previews of all 27 CIS football programs as well as profiles of 27 star players are available on the CIS website at All the information on the TELUS Vanier Cup (including ticket info) can be found at A media contact list for the 27 CIS football programs and the four conference offices is available HERE... The CIS football players of the week will be announced every Wednesday, starting on Aug. 28.


Pts (1st place) - Last week

  1. Laval (0-0) 200 (20) -
  2. Queen’s (1-0) 141 -
  3. Calgary (0-0) 137 -
  4. Western (1-0) 129 -
  5. Montreal (0-0) 123 -
  6. McMaster (1-0) 122 -
  7. Guelph (1-0) 75 -
  8. Sherbrooke (0-0) 59 -
  9. Saskatchewan (0-0) 57 -
  10. Manitoba (0-0) 36 -

Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (11), Regina (9), Saint Mary’s (2), Bishop’s (2), Windsor (1).

In addition to the 4 results listed in the article above, Windsor killed Waterloo 78-11.

Look at the points each team got in the poll, a lot of dissension over who is 2nd behind Laval for teams 2 through 6. Who voted for Bishop's?


Aug. 30 Alberta @ Manitoba 7:00 PM CDT Regina @ Saskatchewan 7:00 PM MDT Video

Aug. 31 Montreal @ Concordia 1:00 PM EDT Video Video
Calgary @ UBC 2:00 PM PDT Video Audio
McGill @ Laval 7:00 PM EDT Video

Sep. 1 Sherbrooke @ Bishop's 2:00 PM EDT Video

Sep. 2 Carleton @ Western 1:00 PM EDT
Windsor @ Guelph 1:00 PM EDT Video
Ottawa @ Waterloo 1:00 PM EDT Live stats Video
McMaster @ Queen's 1:00 PM EDT Video
Toronto @ Laurier 7:30 PM EDT Video

Go Mustangs!

Some of the games are embarrassing , some very lopsided scores. They may need to go to top division and another one that will at least be competitive!?

McMaster got clobbered by the Mustangs. It was a excellent weekend for me, Cats win and Mustangs!


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The battle for the most hilariously bad CIS team is starting to shape up. We are down to only 6 winless teams.

Alberta lost at home in overtime to lowly UBC in week two; edging their neighbours for the dubious honor of being the Western Bowell Bowl representative. UBC will have their chance to overtake them if they lose the rematch in Vancouver during regulation.

On the East Coast, Mt. Alison and Arcadia are both winless. Mt Alison has a much more lackluster PF/PA ratio, but the two will battle it out on the field, with a home game a piece.

In French land, Concordia and Sherbrooke are both winless. Concordia seems to have a much worse defence, but if the records hold up, they will battle it out in the final game of the year @ Sherbrooke.

Upstart Carleton pretty much has Ontario all wrapped up, with a 39 point home loss to the second worst team Waterloo. They are heavy favourites to run away with the 2013 Bowell Bowl.

I think it's called Quebec. :thdn:

The CIS's race for the lowliest team has rounded into form nicely over the past week.

In Québec: Sherbrooke got off the schneid, scalping the Redmen in their own stadium. That leaves Concordia as the lone winless squad after having their stingers nearly ripped out by Bishop's.

In Ontario: The Ravens started to spread their wings, getting out to a huge lead over York, but then the lion snatched the bird out of the air and won by 16. Thus, Carleton remains the heavy favourite for this years crud cup.

Out West: Have you ever seen a bear get mauled by a pack of Huskies? If you watched Alberta take on Sask over the weekend, that's exactly what happened. The Golden Bears are starting to put some separation between themselves and the rest of the pack.

Out East: There are no winless teams remaining. The Bowell Bowl is down to a three conference race at this particular juncture.

This weeks games:
Concordia hosts McGill
Alberta hosts Calgary :cry:

Pillow fight of the week:
Carleton @ Toronto


CIS Bottom 5: Week 7

  1. Waterloo - The Warriors have put up a pretty poor fight in the 2013 campaign. The lone win came against upstart Carleton. Other than that, they have waved the white flag. They haven't come within a TD of any other opponent.
    Last seen: Becoming Gryphon food in a 41-19 home loss to #6Guelph, falling to 1-4

  2. Mt Allison - The Mounties are the only one-win team left in the East, warranting inclusion on this list. Outside of Mounting the Huskies at home, they have been completely obliterated in every other contest.
    Last seen: Getting their doors blown off against the Axemen @ Arcadia 40-9, falling to 1-3

  3. Concordia - The Stingers are the only winless team remaining in Québec. They had their stingers out last week against The Redmen in their first competitive showing of the season.
    Blowing a huge lead in a disappointing 1 point home loss to McGill 53-52, falling to 0-5

  4. Carleton - The ravens are playing like their football team has been hiding since the previous Millennium. A 16 point home loss to the York Lions has been their most competitive outing of the season.
    last seen: Getting their wings clipped by the Varsity Blues in Toronto 50-10, falling to 0-5

  5. Alberta - The Golden Bears have been in hibernation since 2010, which was the last time they won a football game. The losing steak stands at 22 games, and counting.
    Last seen: Dino Bait. 76-21 against #5Calgary at home, falling to 0-5

Waiting List: Regina (1-4), Laurier (1-4)

This weeks games:
#5Waterloo @ McMaster (2-3)
#4Mt Allison @ St X (2-2)
#3Concordia @ Laval (5-0)
#2Carleton @ Ottawa (3-3)
Laurier @ Queens (4-1)

Pillow Fight of the Week:
#1[b]Alberta @ Regina /b -The two teams have exactly one win between them, and it was against Alberta.

Should be posting on the CIS website…

Consider it done. Thanks for informing me of it's existence.

I'm still weeping over the outcome of The Panda Game. The Ravens left before my second year at Carleton and I was so hoping for a win. They should become a good football programme again if things go right. At least I can still cheer on the Mustangs as I was at UWO for 2 years as well. Go Western! Go Carleton!

Western kills McMaster! Loving it. Go Stangs for the Yates and Vanier. :thup:

Western are of course the class of the OUA this year. They are expected to beat Queens this Saturday and to beat Calgary or Manitoba a week later. In the Vanier Cup game, however, the competition will be much tougher. Western will almost certainly be facing either Laval or Montréal, who have the two best defences in the CIS. Laval would be especially tough to beat, since the Vanier Cup game will be held at the Stade TELUS.

True Bloke but love seeing Mac lose at any rate regardless what happens from here on in. :wink: