As of October 1, 2009[update], three active CIS quarterbacks were climbing the top ten career passing records. Danny Brannagan of Queen's Golden Gaels was in fifth place for both all-time 9,236 career passing yards and 71 touchdowns. Michael Faulds of Western Mustangs was in sixth place just behind Brannagan with 9,137 career passing yards and Justin Dunk, of the Guelph Gryphons was seventh with 9,093 passing yards. In their rivalry game on October 17, 2009, both Brannagan and Faulds became only the second and third players, respectively, to pass for over 10,000 yards in their career. Faulds would eventually pass Brannagan and claim the title of All-Time Passing Leader, totaling 10,811 career yards, as well as the CIS single-season passing record with 3,033 yards. Brannagan would have to settle with second on the all-time list after a disappointing final game of the season left him with 10,714 for his career.
McGill wide receiver Charles-Antoine Sinotte was in eighth place on the career receptions list with 172 catches, and working towards reaching the record of 194 catches that former Redmen teammate Erik Galas set in the 2008 CIS football season.
Guelph kicker Rob Maver was in eighth place on the CIS all-time field goals list with 54.
† – Conference Champion
Rankings: CIS Top 10 (Nov 3) a - Forfeited 2 wins for ineligible player. b - Awarded a win over Simon Fraser due to the Clan using an ineligible player. c - Forfeited 3 wins for ineligible player.
The Vanier Cup is played between the champions of the Mitchell Bowl and the Uteck Bowl, the national semi-final games. In 2009, according to the rotating schedule, the Dunsmore Cup Quebec championship team will meet the Ontario conference's Yates Cup champion for the Mitchell Bowl. The winners of the Canada West conference Hardy Trophy travel to the Atlantic conference Loney Bowl champions for the Uteck Bowl.
The Canada West play-offs start with the top four placed teams from the regular season, with the top placed team hosting the fourth place and the second place team hosting the third placed. The winners of those semi-finals then compete for the Hardy Cup championship who then travels to the Atlantic champion for a national semi-final game.
The Quebec play-offs similarly play-off the top four placed teams with the Dunsmore Cup champions moving on to compete for the Mitchell Bowl against the Ontario champions.
The Ontario conference starts out with the top six placed teams from the regular season. The third placed team hosts the sixth place team and the fourth placed team host the team in fifth place. The winners then take on the top two placed teams in the conference semi-finals and the semi-final champions compete for the Yates Cup. The Ontario champions, in 2009, host the Quebec conference champions for the Mitchell Bowl national semi-final game.
The Atlantic conference play-offs the second and third placed teams to determine who plays the first place team at the Loney Bowl for the Jewett Trophy. The Atlantic winner then hosts the Canada West champion to meet in the Uteck Bowl national semi-final.