4:00 PM Sunday, November 12, 2006
@ B.C. Lions
In a way, you assess this game as you would have the Saskatchewan/Calgary semi-final. The Lions have the talent, but the Roughriders have nothing to lose. The difference between the two games is that this time, talent will win. It will be very important that BC scores the first touchdown or more because the longer the game remains close, the more confident the Riders will grow. On every football sideline there is a feeling of optimism or trepidation and during the course of a game, it fluctuates in intensity from one extreme to the other. If the Riders start the fourth quarter within a single score of the Lions, they are going to win. If by the fourth quarter, due to the points, Kenton Keith is not able to be used, then BC will win. Punting is also an issue. For Saskatchewan, Luca Congi is a solid field goal kicker but his punts are too low and provide return opportunities for the opposition; remember Markus Howell in the Calgary game. Both teams have defences that can provide points, but of the two, BC's defence has game changing magic about them. This could turn out to be a classic Western final, but I don't think the Lions will miss the opportunity this time. I'll take BC.
Schultz Picks: B.C. Lions