Saskatchewan Roughriders open as 7.5-point underdogs in Labour Day Classic

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have opened as seven-point underdogs for the Labour Day Classic against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Saskatchewan is 37-20 all-time in the annual rivalry game dating back to 1949 and recently had a dominant stretch over their prairie foes, winning 11 consecutive meetings from 2005 to 2015. Things haven’t gone as well for the club since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, as Winnipeg has won back-to-back meetings, including a lopsided 23-8 victory in 2021.

The Riders were on a bye this past week and before that recorded a surprise upset victory over the B.C. Lions. Jake Dolegala threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns in his first win as a starter and he will likely get the start on Sunday, though Mason Fine might be able to return from a hamstring injury. Saskatchewan has yet to announce its practice schedule for the week, though it’s likely that they won’t hit the field until Wednesday.

Winnipeg has won five straight games and are coming off a 47-17 victory over the Montreal Alouettes in which the defence allowed only three points and 173 yards of net offence. Zach Collaros threw four touchdown passes but has recently struggled with interceptions, throwing four pick-sixes in the club’s last five games. The Blue Bombers haven’t won three consecutive Labour Day Classics since 1982.

Sunday’s game still isn’t sold out with tickets available in the upper stands on the north and south sides of Mosaic Stadium. Next week’s rematch in Winnipeg sold out in late July.

The Riders (5-5) will host the Blue Bombers (9-2) for the annual Labour Day Classic on Sunday, Sept. 3 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT. The teams met back in Week 2 with Winnipeg earning a 45-27 victory at Mosaic Stadium.

The rest of the betting lines for Week 13 in the CFL are as follows.