With the craziness of the Labour Day rematches behind us, it’s time to find out if the teams on the rise – Saskatchewan, Hamilton, B.C. – can continue their ascendence. Just three games this week – Edmonton, Toronto and Winnipeg have byes – which is probably a good thing: give us all time to catch our breath.
Friday, Sept. 14
British Columbia at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
At Montreal, the Alouettes come off the bye looking for a third straight win under starter Antonio Pipkin. He threw for 242 yards with two interceptions in a 21-11 win over Ottawa on Aug. 31, but also ran for 75 yards and a TD. B.C. (4-6) beat the Redblacks last week and is in must-win mode. Receiver DeVier Posey, the 2017 Grey Cup MVP, makes his Lions debut.
Edwards: Travis Lulay has the boys in B.C. believing. Me too. LIONS
Dunk: B.C. should’ve won in Ottawa and Toronto. LIONS
Gasson: Long trip for B.C. ALS
Smith: The Als hype train gets derailed out by an improving B.C. team. LIONS
Hodge: The Als can’t win three in a row… can they? LIONS
Filoso: I’m all in on the Pipkin train. ALS
Ballantine: Pipkin has provided hope, and Montreal is a tough place to win as a road team from out west. ALS
Totals: LIONS 4 ALS 3
Saturday, Sept. 15
Calgary at Hamilton, 4 p.m.
Jeremiah Masoli and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats face a stiff test Saturday afternoon.
Hamilton (6-5) hosts the West Division-leading Calgary Stampeders (9-2) at Tim Hortons Field. The Ticats, fresh off a Labour Day sweep of the Toronto Argonauts, have won three straight to move into a first-place tie with Ottawa in the East Division. Calgary comes off a wild 48-42 loss in Edmonton on Saturday night. Juwan Brescacin had Mitchell’s Hail Mary pass in his hands for the game-winning TD but couldn’t hold on in the Eskimos’ end zone.
Edwards: Hamilton has played the Stamps tough the last couple of years. It’s time. TICATS
Dunk: Stamps always refocus after a loss. Ticats make it difficult. STAMPS
Gasson: Hamilton might be improving but they’re not at this level yet. STAMPS
Smith: September 25, 2011, Moncton, NB. The last time Hamilton beat the Calgary. STAMPS
Hodge: Calgary can’t lose two in a row… can they? STAMPS
Filoso: Best team in the league gets the win. STAMPS
Ballantine: 7 turnovers and still scored 42 against the Esks. STAMPS
Totals: STAMPS 6 TICATS 1
Ottawa at Saskatchewan, 9:30 p.m.
At Regina, Saskatchewan (7-4) is the CFL’s hottest team with four straight wins. That includes a Labour Day sweep of Winnipeg. Quarterback Zach Collaros is expected to start for Saskatchewan, which is 5-2 with him under centre. Ottawa (6-5) has lost two straight, having scored just 25 points over that span.
Edwards: That Saskatchewan pass rush against a shaky Ottawa line… RIDERS
Dunk: Just when it seems like both teams are known quantities. REDBLACKS
Gasson: Rider D does it again. RIDERS
Smith: Riders roll Redblacks. RIDERS
Hodge: The Redblacks have fallen and they can’t get up. RIDERS
Filoso: Everyone expects a defensive battle, which is why it’ll be a shootout. Ottawa surprises and ends their slide. REDBLACKS
Ballantine: Ottawa keeps falling off the rails. RIDERS
Totals: RIDERS 5 REDBLACKS 2