Calgary Stampeders (8-1) (-10) @ Edmonton Eskimos (2-7) O/U 55.5
Today at 9:00
Weather report: Light showers - 14/7
One of my favourite things about sports is that, on any given day, on any given field of play, any team has the chance to win. Unless they're the Edmonton Eskimos playing against somebody other than their scout team. In their last two meetings, the Stampeders have beaten the Eskimos by a combined score of 108-20.
Take the Stampeders and the over.
Montreal Alouettes (6-3) @ Hamilton TIger-Cats (5-4) (-3.5) O/U 53.5
Saturday at 1:00
Weather report: Mostly sunny - 22/13
So Montreal has lost 2 of 3 and are already showing signs of rotting. Hamilton has won four straight. Anthony Calvillo will not dress for the game, which sounds dirtier than it actually is. Rodnei Santos/Chris Leak will not necessarily be a boon to Hamilton's fifth ranked pass defense, but certainly help a team that is still vulnerable through the air.
Take the Tiger-Cats to cover, and the under. According to the official rankings, this should be the game of the week. Since no game has two legitimate starting quarterbacks, I guess we'll have to take their word for it.
Toronto Argonauts (5-4) @ BC Lions (2-7) (-6) O/U 49
Saturday at 4:05
Weather report: Light rain - 18/12
Light rain in Vancouver typically involves a storm that would be given a name on the East Coast, so there's a high chance that Toronto's passing game could be worse. Oddly enough, Cleo Lemon's passer rating has been pretty average, even in the past couple of weeks where he's thrown no touchdowns and zero interceptions. Cory Boyd will probably see his touches increase in bad weather, and BC has the second worst run defense in the league. What's worse? BC has not won at Empire Field since beating the Montreal Concordes back on November 6th in 1982.
Take the Argos plus six and the under.
Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-3) (-4.5) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-7) O/U 57
Sunday at 1:05
Weather report: Partly cloudy - 16/7
Oobleck is also in the forecast for Sunday. If you don't know your Oobleck, you'd better learn your Dr. Seuss. Oobleck is a mysterious green substance that descends upon your city and doesn't leave, much like Rider fans. This game sold out faster than Stevie Baggs looking for an NFL career. Fun fact: Winnipeg has not won since team officials banned the beer snake.
Take Saskatchewan minus the points, as well as the under.
Related: Last night the NFL kicked off with two high scoring offenses playing to a dramatic 14-9 win. All we need is UFL season to start and football season will be officially on!