Each week, TSN.ca presents the CFL Power Rankings, compiled by a group of TSN's CFL experts. Be sure to check back at the beginning of each week for the new rankings.
Week 19 Edition (updated November 2)
This Week1Last Week1Calgary Stampeders14-4
The Stampeders gave Jon Cornish just four carries in the team’s regular season finale against the BC Lions (14 yards) but the Most Outstanding Player award was locked up by the New Westminster, BC native weeks ago. Cornish will have another week – the first round bye – to rest up and make a Grey Cup push with Calgary.
This Week2Last Week2Saskatchewan Roughriders11-6
The road to the 101st Grey Cup in Regina starts for the Roughriders at home against the Lions. Saskatchewan will certainly be considered a top contender for the Grey Cup this post-season and their home field advantage will no doubt help. If they get by BC they will have to travel to Calgary however before coming back home.
This Week3Last Week3Toronto Argonauts11-7
Ricky Ray finishes the regular season with the highest completion percentage among qualifying quarterbacks of all-time at 77.2 percent. Had injury not cost the veteran QB seven games midway through the season he may have put up one of the best seasons in CFL history.
This Week4Last Week4Hamilton Tiger-Cats10-8
Known in recent years for their penchant to finish at or around .500, the Tiger-Cats finished with their best record since 2001 at 10-8. Their next step will be navigating through the playoffs and advancing to the Grey Cup, something they haven’t done since winning the trophy in 1999.
This Week5Last Week5BC Lions11-7
It wasn’t for very long, but Travis Lulay’s return to the Lions lineup was encouraging in the team’s regular season finale against the Stampeders. BC is going to need Lulay playing at his best if they are to make their way to the Grey Cup on the road. An 8-1 home team this season, the Lions struggled to a 3-6 mark away from BC Place.
This Week6Last Week6Montreal Alouettes8-10
The Alouettes finished below .500 and will have to win on the road if they’re to make the Grey Cup. But that’s not bad considering how they looked under now fired head coach Dan Hawkins in the first five games of the season. GM Jim Popp stepped in as interim head coach and steadied the ship enough for the Als to make the playoffs.
This Week7Last Week8Edmonton Eskimos4-14
The Eskimos regular season finale win over the Roughriders was enough to vault them out of the TSN.ca Power Rankings basement just in time. While it looks like the team has found their quarterback of the future in Mike Reilly, a 4-14 record is nothing to be proud of and changes should be coming in Edmonton.
This Week8Last Week7Winnipeg Blue Bombers3-15
The Blue Bombers went out the same way they came in this season, firmly behind on the scoreboard. Changes are coming in Winnipeg this off-season likely sooner than later. The watch is on for head coach Tim Burke as well as a number of players on the Bombers roster. Few are truly safe in Winnipeg this winter.