REGINA — The Saskatchewan Riders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will meet in the 101st Grey Cup on Sunday. Here are some storylines to watch:
The Riders are 5 1/2 point favourites to open the week.
Sunday is expected to be clear and mild with a high of 0 C.
It's the first time the two franchises have met in the final since the Riders downed the Tiger-Cats in 1989.
Tiger-Cats coach Kent Austin quarterbacked the Riders to the title in '89 and coached them to a second title in 2007.
Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris played for the Riders on two occasions in his career.
Tabbies veteran receiver Andy Fantuz became a star in the CFL playing for the Riders before leaving for Hamilton via free agency.
Riders head coach Corey Chamblin worked for the Tiger-Cats as a defensive co-ordinator.
Saskatchewan offensive co-ordinator George Cortez was hired by the Tiger-Cats as head coach and signed to a four-year deal but was fired after just one season and then scooped up by the Riders.
Saskatchewan's Darian Durant has been hot in two playoff wins, completing 43 of his 53 passes for 550 yards and five touchdowns. Hamilton's Henry Burris struggled through the East semi but was hot in the final, throwing for 371 yards and three TDs to push the Tiger-Cats to a 36-24 win over the Toronto Argonauts.
Riders backfield bull Kory Sheets has run for 245 yards and a touchdown in two games. Saskatchewan's offensive line is big, fast and aggressive and they could be the key to this game.
Hamilton's Andy Fantuz and Greg Ellingson were strong in the East final but the Riders' receiving corps of Weston Dressler, Taj Smith and a healthy Chris Getzlaf gives Durant a lot of options.