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Tonight, 8 p.m. TV: TSN

Vegas line: Calgary -2.5

Stamps line: Everyone loves to ride Kevin Glenn for his occasional hiccups, but give the man some credit when he overcomes himself. Bouncing back and leading Calgary to a win after throwing that pick-six last week took some guts. He has to know there's an easier way, right?

Eskimos line: They shipped out Greg Carr this week, as he wasn't the right fit for the offence. Plus, he doesn't play running back -- a position they can't get enough depth at. Looks like Steven Jyles won't be ready this week. No worries. Kerry Joseph looked pretty good.

Bottom line: Tough game to pick. They always are.


Saturday, noon. TV: TSN

Vegas line: Toronto -3.5

Ticats line: When you push all your chips into the centre of the table on two pair, not only is there no going back but your chances of winning are low. It feels like the Ticats are betting a losing hand right now. Henry Burris is just a flashier Kevin Glenn. There's no other way to say it. When does George Cortez bench his BFF for Quinton Porter? That day is coming.

Argos line: When Chris Williams isn't returning a kick for a touchdown against these guys, there's Chad Owens. He's got a case of the fumble-itis, but he's the go-to guy for the Double Blue. For whatever reason, the Argos look better on the road than they do at home. Something to consider.

Bottom line: How did Hamilton win three games this year?


Saturday, 3 p.m. TV: TSN

Vegas line: B.C. -5.5

Alouettes line: Watching these clubs go back and forth against each other last week, it's easy to see why they're the class of the league. Outstanding game. Shout out to the Montreal defence for sending the house against Travis Lulay as the Lions looked to grab the lead one last time. Pressure always works.

Lions line: Even when they lose, there is still a lot to like about the defending Grey Cup champs. One issue: They might want to get the ball more to Andrew Harris. Eight carries last week equals not enough action. Yes, Lulay is like a second tailback, we get that, but Harris is a stud.

Bottom line: Hard to imagine B.C. not winning this rematch.


Sunday, noon. TV: TSN; Radio: CJOB

Vegas line: Saskatchewan -3.5

Riders line: What do the Gappers do for an encore? The total domination that was the Labour Day Classic proved one thing: When Darian Durant is on his game -- when he's able to get outside the pocket -- Saskatchewan is a dangerous team. Any defence that pitches a shutout deserves mention, too.

Bombers line: Holy cow. That was ugly. Where does this club go from here? For starters, they should be able to generate more than 102 yards offence at home this week. Who knows? Maybe they'll even score a point. They'll need more than one, though.

Bottom line: If the Bombers get down early again, look out. It could get hostile.

THE PICKS (straight up)

The Free Press has assembled a panel this season to offer their fearless predictions every week. Joining us this year are CJOB's Bob Irving, and from the Free Press, sports editor Steve Lyons, columnists Gary Lawless and Doug Brown (who also serves as the 'OB football game analyst), lead football writer Paul Wiecek and reporter Adam Wazny.

Irving: Calgary, Toronto, B.C., Winnipeg

Lyons: Edmonton, Toronto, B.C., Saskatchewan

Lawless: Edmonton, Toronto, B.C., Saskatchewan

Brown: Edmonton, Hamilton, B.C., Winnipeg

Wiecek: Edmonton, Toronto, B.C., Saskatchewan

Wazny: Edmonton, Toronto, B.C., Saskatchewan

Last week (overall): Irving 2-2 (23-13); Lyons 3-1 (20-16); Lawless 3-1 (17-19); Brown 2-2 (20-16); Wiecek 1-3 (13-23); Wazny 2-2 (18-18).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 7, 2012 C2

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