Week Twenty CFL Picks

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Toronto Argonauts (-7)

Friday, November 6: 7:35 PM ET

This game marks the end of two remarkably ugly runs: the Toronto Argonauts’ tenure of the Rogers Centre and the 2015 Winnipeg Blue Bomber season. Both have stunk. Neither will be missed. As for my pick in this one, I’ll take Ricky Ray over Dominique Davis.

Pick straight-up: Toronto

Pick against the spread: Toronto

Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ottawa RedBlacks (-4.5)

Saturday, November 7: 4:05 PM ET

When Zach Collaros tore his ACL it became tough to see the Ti-Cats winning the Grey Cup. Without Jeff Mathews — out with this week with a concussion — it’s tough to see the Ti-Cats winning anything. No offense to Jeremiah Masoli or Jacory Harris, but there’s no reason to think this one will be close. Give me the RedBlacks at home.

Pick straight-up: Ottawa

Pick against the spread: Ottawa

Calgary Stampeders at BC Lions (+1)

Saturday, November 7: 7:05 PM ET

Picking the winner of a meaningless game is the prognosticator’s equivalent of taking a shot in the dark. Both Calgary and BC will be resting plenty of starters in this one, prioritizing the health of their players over the result of the game. As such, I suppose I’ll default to picking the home team. Give me the Leos.

Pick straight-up: BC

Pick against the spread: BC

Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes (-9)

Sunday, November 8: 1:05 PM ET

Just when you thought this game wasn’t remotely worth watching, the Alouettes announce that they will be starting Canadian-born quarterback and 2015 draftee Brandon Bridge on Sunday. This is a major boost to a game that, prior to Friday’s announcement, was meaningless. With Bridge set to become the first national quarterback to start a CFL game since Giulio Caravatta in 1996, this game will be anything but. I’ll even take Bridge to win his first start — just not to cover.

Pick straight-up: Montreal

Pick against the spread: Saskatchewan

Season record straight-up: 46-31

Season record against the spread: 41-35-1

John Hodge, Blue Bomber Talk

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John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.