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Safimod’s 2018 Power Rankings – Week 18

Published: Monday, Oct 15th 2018, 1:10pm

by: Stephen Safinuk (@Safimod)

1 – Calgary (12-3)

2 – Winnipeg (9-7)

3 – Hamilton (8-7)

4 – Saskatchewan (10-6)

5 – BC (8-7)

6 – Edmonton (8-8)

7 – Ottawa (8-7)

8 – Toronto (3-12)

9 – Montreal (3-12)

If you are a fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, that weekend could not have gone much worse. If you are a fan of any of the other Western teams, it certainly looked pretty good. The top 2 teams in the division (Calgary and Saskatchewan) both lost, while the 3 teams chasing Saskatchewan all won. While this technically means that the Riders still have an outside shot at 1st place, their shot at home playoff game odds took a hit in the process. They still need a win and a BC loss to clinch the always elusive home playoff game.

Speaking of the Riders – they went into Winnipeg with a firm grip on 2nd in the West and proceeded to embarrass themselves on their way to a 31-0 loss to Winnipeg. Full props to Winnipeg for coming in with a great game plan, though they certainly had a ton of help from the Rider’s receivers dropping everything they could get their hands on. A loss would have eliminated the Bombers from home playoff contention, but they still need some help to finish 2nd.

Travis Lulay and the BC Lions kept their hold on 4th in the West with a solid 26-21 win over the league leading Calgary Stampeders. This win, combined with Edmonton’s dominating win over the Ottawa REDBLACKS, tightened up the standings in the West. Saskatchewan can finish anywhere from 1st to 4th. Winnipeg, BC and Edmonton could all finish anywhere from 2nd to 5th. Calgary doesn’t yet know if they will be hosting a home playoff game on the 11th of November or the 18th (though their odds are still VERY good for the 18th).

On the flip side, Hamilton and Toronto will battle it out the next 2 weeks to decide who hosts the eAst Semi against the Western crossover team, and who finishes 1st and awaits the winner.

Toronto and Montreal both will play out the final 3 weeks of the season with only pride on the line, having been officially eliminated last week (although they were effectively eliminated weeks ago).

 

 

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