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Safimod’s 2018 Power Rankings – Week 21

Published: Monday, Nov 5th 2018, 1:11pm

By: Stephen Safinuk (@Safimod)

1 – Winnipeg (10-8)

2 – Saskatchewan (12-6)

3 – Ottawa (11-7)

4 – Calgary (13-5)

5 – BC (9-9)

6 – Hamilton (8-10)

 

It’s hard to figure out power rankings when only one team had anything to play for during the previous week, but be that as it may, here are the final regular season power rankings for 2018.

The only change this week comes at the 4/5 spot as Calgary and BC end up swapping places. Calgary came in to Saturday night’s battle with 1st place on the line, and looked like the team we have come to expect over the past decade. They also managed to prevent their first 4 game losing streak since 2004, which is an incredible stat given the regularity with which other teams have had lengthy losing streaks in that time (hell – Montreal had 2 losing streaks of 5 or more games this season alone).

BC drops from 4th to 5th on the back of their dismal performance with their starters in, in the first half.  While they had nothing to play for, they still have looked weak over the past several weeks, and are coming in to the playoffs on a downward spiral. Lucky for them, their first round matchup is the only team in the CFL ranked lower than them.

Winnipeg remains at #1 despite a loss on the final week of the season. Frankly, they didn’t play their starters, and they weren’t playing to win. They went so far as to have Ryan Lankford handling kickoff duties (congrats on a perfect season on FG kicking Mr Lankford).

Saskatchewan stays at #2 coming out of their bye week, and hosts the #1 ranked Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Mosaic Stadium on Remembrance Day afternoon. This marks the first time since 1975 that the Riders have hosted the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in playoff action.

 

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