McMaster still top-ranked CIS football team

The Canadian Press

10/2/2012 1:10:58 PM

OTTAWA -- The reigning Vanier Cup champion McMaster Marauders are still the top university football team in Canada.

McMaster was put at the top of the CIS rankings for the sixth consecutive week on Tuesday by the Football Reporters of Canada.

The Marauders (5-0) received 29 first-place votes and 299 points from the 30-member panel. The remaining first-place nod went to the Calgary Dinos (5-0), who earned 270 points to remain comfortably in second place for the fourth consecutive week.

The No. 3 Montreal Carabins (5-0) and No. 4 Laval Rouge et Or (5-0) also kept their undefeated record over the past weekend, while the No. 5 Queen's Gaels (4-1) also won.

Rounding out the new media poll are the Regina Rams (4-1), up one position to a season-high No. 6; the Western Mustangs (3-2), down one spot to a season-low No. 7; the Manitoba Bisons (3-2), staying put at No. 8. The No. 9 Guelph Gryphons (4-1) and No. 10 Acadia Axemen (3-1) were both unranked last week.

The Marauders kept their one-game lead atop the OUA standings thanks to a second straight win over a Top-10 opponent.

The national champs travelled to London, Ont., on Saturday and edged Western 33-27 in front of a boisterous homecoming crowd of 10,900 at TD Waterhouse Stadium.

McMaster visits York (1-4) on Thursday and will be seeking its 16th consecutive victory dating back to the third week of the 2011 schedule, three shy of the all-time CIS mark set by Laval from 2004 to 2005.