Labour Day Weekend. Time to turn this around: tied for 20th won't do.
Ottawa @ Montreal: I think Ottawa is my curse team this year, since they lose almost every time I pick them to win, and win nearly every time I pick them to lose. And it's hard to imagine that Montreal is in third place, below .500, and on a 2-game losing streak. Even the Molson Stadium factor isn't much of a factor, with the Als 3-2 at home this season. Ottawa is 2-0 in division games, when it matters most, and I'm really tempted to pick the Renegades. But old habits die hard, and I really don't think the Alouettes will drop their third in a row, especially at home. Montreal by 6.
Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan: Winnipeg's D got shredded last week by the previously anemic Ticat offence. Fortunately for them, they're facing another anemic offence in Regina. After a 3-1 start, the Riders have now lost 5 in a row, including last week's heartbreaker in which they never trailed for the first 59 1/2 minutes. It's unlikely they will go 3-15, and since they don't play Hamilton anymore, their best shot at another win is versus the western basement-dwellers. Add to that the "Labour Day mystique" and the Riders should pull out a victory, though it's hard to tell by how much.
Edmonton @ Calgary: Now the real Labour Day games begin. Calgary still has their sights set on second place, and should make this a true Labour Day classic. Too bad I'm going to miss the second half of this game now that the league has switched the two Labour Day games around (it was much better when I was able to watch the second half after getting home from watching my Cats beat up on the Argos 8) ). Edmonton is 2-2 on the road, while Calgary is 2-2 at home, so that's no help. But Edmonton has scored more points and allowed fewer, and the "Labour Day mystique" seems to work in reverse in Alberta, with the visitors often coming out on top in these two games. Ricky Ray didn't play that well last week, but I don't believe he'll do that twice in a row. Esks by two on a late field goal.
Toronto @ Hamilton: I know I said I wouldn't pick Hamilton until they start winning, but now they've done that. I know the Argos are in first and the Ticats are last. I know the Argos have scored more points and allowed (way) fewer. I know the Argos have a kick returner, and the Cats don't. I know that Hamilton hasn't beaten Toronto in a couple of years, including the last two Labour Day games (though last year was a tie). I know that on paper, the Argos should slaughter the Cats. But I also know that the "Labour Day mystique" is a bigger factor in Hamilton than anywhere else: the Ticats have won way more Labour Day games than they've lost. I've seen worse Ticat teams than this clobber better Argonaut teams than this, with only the strength of Ivor Wynne's biggest crowd of the season behind them. Now that they know that they can win a football game, the confidence factor that would have cost them this game has been eradicated. Cats by 2 after Toronto, down by 8, scores a touchdown with seconds remaing, but fails on the 2-point convert, and the onside kick attempt goes out of bounds untouched.
Summary: Montreal over Ottawa, Saskatchewan over Winnipeg, Edmonton over Calgary, Hamilton over Toronto.