3DownNation CFL picks: Banjo Bowl chance for control

Whoever wins the Banjo Bowl takes control of the West Division.

The Roughriders have a golden opportunity to leave the Bombers feeling blue while rising to No. 1. Saskatchewan quarterback Cody Fajardo made his first Labour Day Classic start leading a game-winning drive in impressive fashion. Brett Lauther chugged some Pilsner and everyone in Rider Nation enjoyed the celebration.

Winnipeg hosting the Riders is the headline game of Week 13 which features the Lions and Alouettes returning to action following bye weeks and the first triple header of the year. Lots of football as the season turns to fall.

Friday, September 6
B.C. at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. EST

B.C. enters into Friday’s contest with a seven-game winning streak versus Montreal. The Alouettes have not beaten the Lions since 2015 and have not done so at home since 2014.

Dunk: Alouettes need to keep separation from Ottawa. ALS
Hodge: Bryan Chiu wasn’t the problem. ALS
Alfieri: This is a game that a good team has to win. ALS
Ballantine: Long trip East is a killer. ALS
Filoso: B.C. still doesn’t have an offensive line. ALS
Gasson: This is a tough trip for B.C. at the best of times. ALS
Smith: Montreal keeps rolling, B.C. stays reeling. ALS


Saturday, September 7
Toronto at Ottawa, 1 p.m. EST

The Redblacks have called Jonathon Jennings’ number, again. He has a career 4-2 against the Argos, but 0-2 as the Redblacks starter so far in 2019. Ottawa believes they’re still in the playoff picture making it a must-win.

Dunk: Jon Jennings carves a terrible Argos secondary. REDBLACKS
Hodge: McLeod Bethel-Thompson continues quietly improving. ARGOS
Alfieri: Toronto would win for sure if the game only had 2 quarters. ARGOS
Ballantine: Not exactly a game of the week contender. ARGOS
Filoso: Ottawa needs it more. REDBLACKS
Gasson: Do I have to? Uh… REDBLACKS
Smith: *shrug emoji* ARGOS


Saturday, September 7
Saskatchewan at Winnipeg, 4 p.m. EST

Saskatchewan has swept the Labour Day-Banjo Bowl matchups on seven occasions. It feels like the Riders have the brooms out, but can they finish the job?

Dunk: Undefeated at home for a reason. BOMBERS
Hodge: The Bombers are just too banged up. RIDERS
Alfieri: Winnipeg kept it close last week. They’ll get it done. BOMBERS
Ballantine: Banjo Bowl crowd at IGF makes the difference. BOMBERS
Filoso: Still not sold on Streveler. RIDERS
Gasson: Bombers offence is even more beaten up. RIDERS
Smith: The hype train keeps going. RIDERS


Saturday, September 7
Calgary at Edmonton, 7 p.m. EST

Eskimos’ quarterback Trevor Harris has started 10 games against Calgary, but has yet to record a victory over the Stampeders 0-8-2. Troubling numbers for Edmonton.

Dunk: Calgary continues to confuse Trevor Harris. STAMPS
Hodge: Trevor Harris just can’t beat Calgary. STAMPS
Alfieri: Calgary will keep on rolling. STAMPS
Ballantine: Edmonton is who I thought they were. STAMPS
Filoso: Big brother beats up on little brother. STAMPS
Gasson: I don’t believe in Edmonton. STAMPS
Smith: Edmonton should book hotel rooms in Montreal for the East Semi-Final now to save some money. STAMPS


2019 records:
Hodge: 35-11
Smith: 35-11
Ballantine: 32-14
Gasson: 30-16
Alfieri: 28-18
Filoso: 26-20
Dunk: 26-20

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