Gryphons rise & Tropea honoured

The Football Reporters of Canada’s newest CIS Top Ten poll:


Pts (1st place) Last week

1. McMaster (6-0) 299 (29) 1
2. Calgary (5-0) 268 (1) 2
3. Laval (6-0) 243 4
4. Queen’s (5-1) 190 5
5. Montreal (5-1) 180 3
6. Regina (4-1) 146 6
7. Guelph (5-1) 114 9
8. Manitoba (3-2) 94 8
9. Western (3-3) 48 7
10. Acadia (4-1) 43 10

Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (7).

From the CIS press release:

In the other Top-10 battle of the past weekend, Saturday in Guelph, the No. 7 Gryphons built a 33-7 lead by halftime and then held on to upset visiting Western 42-39. Things don’t get any easier this week for the upstart Gryphons as they host No. 4 Queen’s for a contest that will most likely decide second place in Ontario.

Queen’s is coming off a solid 24-7 road win against Windsor.

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Most sports fans who follow NCAA college football or basketball will have heard of RPI. The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It is used along with polls and computer models to determine which teams belong in BCS Bowl Games and the NCAA tournament.

The CISblog tweeted: Food for thought: Guelph football is 4th nationwide in RPI.

Five of the CISblog’s writers reveal their top 10 ballots here.

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The OUA named Guelph’s Julian Tropea the Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week. From the OUA press release:

SPECIAL TEAMS: Julian Tropea, Guelph Gryphons, Kicker Julian Tropea (Niagara Falls, Ont.) kicked a 27-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in regulation to lead the then No. 9 Guelph Gryphons over the then No. 7 Western Mustangs at Alumni Stadium on Saturday. The fourth-year kicker was good on all five of his attempts, splitting the uprights from 22, 27, 32, 41 and 42 yards. Tropea was crucial in the final quarter, making three of his five field goals in the last seven minutes of the game, including his game-high 42-yarder with only four minutes on the clock that allowed the Gryphons to reclaim the lead. He also added three extra points, tallying 18 of Guelph’s 42 points in the 42-39 game.

Tropea was also named the Gryphon Male Athlete of the Week .

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