On the strength of a 32-27 win over a Calgary team that had been ranked No. 2 in the nation, the University of Regina Rams have vaulted up to No. 4 in this week’s CIS Top Ten released Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
It’s the highest the Rams (3-1) have been ranked since the 2010 season, when they were No. 3 in the country after winning five of their first six games of the Canada West schedule.
“We’ve had three nice wins in a row now and it’s nice to be recognized for that,” Rams head coach Steve Bryce said. “But we’re only halfway through the Canada West schedule and our upcoming game against Saskatchewan has our full attention.”
The only three teams now ranked ahead of the Rams are undefeated Montreal (4-0 RSEQ) at No. 1, Laval (3-1 RSEQ) at No. 2, and Western (4-1 OUA) at No. 3. Calgary dropped three spots to No. 5 in this week’s poll, while Manitoba snuck back into the rankings at No. 9 following a decisive 38-17 win over Saskatchewan on Saturday. This week’s poll is rounded out by No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier (4-0 OUA), No. 7 Ottawa (4-0 OUA), No. 8 McMaster (3-1 OUA), and No. 10 Carleton (3-2 OUA).
The Rams will now prepare to host Saskatchewan (2-2) in the SaskTel Fall Classic on Saturday at the new Mosaic Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
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