Ew, 2-2 last week. I’d better be careful or I may 2-2 my way out of contention.
Hamilton @ Toronto: Though it’s a tradition for Calgary and Edmonton, as far as I can tell, the last time these two teams played the Labour Day Rematch on Friday was in 1958, so historically it’s hard to say whether a sweep or a split is more likely. Hamilton beat Toronto on Monday. Though they had home field advantage, which they will not have in this game, they left a lot of points on the field, scoring just seven points on three trips deep into Argo territory. Hopefully they’ll spend this short week focusing on finishing off drives – and opponents. Cats by 11.
Calgary @ Edmonton: These teams usually split these games, and I can’t imagine Ricky Ray and the Eskimos offence playing that badly twice in a row. They’ll have the majority of the crowd behind them this week, which should help. Meanwhile, Calgary has been inconsistent, nearly beating Edmonton one week and nearly losing to Toronto the next. I picked Edmonton last week, and it cost me a share of first place in the VGCC. Nevertheless, tradition and recent history dictate my pick. Esks by 4.
B.C. @ Montreal: Montreal has yet to lose at home this year, and is stinging from their loss last week to the Lions. It’s payback time. Though they have looked mortal these past few weeks, the only thing scarier than an Alouette team that’s playing their best football is an Alouette team that feels they have something to prove. The Lions are fourth in the west, but only one game out of first. They’ve been inconsistent, getting clobbered by the Bombers before the bye and beating Montreal after it. Hard to say which Lions team will show up, but I don’t think it will matter much. Als by 12.
Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg: The Banjo Bowl, as it has become known. The Bombers have improved since bringing in Michael Bishop, have established an excellent running game with Fred Reid, and boast a powerful defence. They are probably one or two players away from becoming legitimate contenders. Considering they are 3-6 and the Riders are 5-4, this should be an easy pick, but it isn’t. A big crowd gives the home team the edge. Bombers by 3.