Tuesday, February 4, 2020

U Sports Top Ten (#16): Reds Widen Gap

The University of New Brunswick Reds picked up a season-high 1901.25 ELO points to remain the number one ranked team in the country as the latest top ten rankings were released earlier today.

The rest of the top five were unchanged heading into the final weekend of regular season play across the country with Saskatchewan (1788.00), Carleton (1772.45), Alberta (1720.29), and Toronto (1708.88) all holding their position.

The bottom half of the rankings is where things begin to get confusing. The Ryerson Rams (1639.74) moved up two spots despite losing their only game of the week while the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1639.17) - who are just 12-11-3 on the season - somehow entered the rankings at 7th. It is the Hawks first appearance in the rankings since the 2009-2010 season. The Guelph Gryphons (1633.28) are up one spot to 8th after a 1-1 week while both the Mount Royal Cougars (1616.15) and McGill Redmen (1611.11) re-enter the rankings.

Most notable about this week's rankings is the fact that there are no other AUS teams represented besides UNB. This is despite the fact Acadia (18-8-2) and Saint Mary's (16-12-0) both having comparable or better records than a handful of the teams in the rankings all the while playing in arguably the tougher conference. This certainly calls into question the legitimacy of the ELO system and whether it is truly the most accurate way to rank teams.

Nonetheless, here are the key games on tap this week:

FRIDAY

UQTR at #10 McGill
#6 Ryerson at Windsor
#5 Toronto at #8 Guelph
Manitoba at #4 Alberta
St. FX at Saint Mary's

SATURDAY

#5 Toronto at #8 Guelph
Manitoba at #4 Alberta
#1 UNB at Moncton
Acadia at St. FX