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WEEK 18 IN THE CFL

with Paul Wiecek

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LIONS (12-4) at STAMPEDERS (10-6)

Tonight, 8 p.m.; TV: TSN

B.C. line: The Lions have clinched first place in the West Division and will rest QB Travis Lulay for another week, allowing backup Mike Reilly to start his second game in a row after winning against Edmonton last week.

Calgary line: The Stampeders have clinched second place in the West Division and will use this week to get some reps for QB Drew Tate for the first time since Tate went down with a shoulder injury in Week 2. Kevin Glenn will continue to start, however.

BLUE BOMBERS (5-11) at TIGER-CATS (5-11)

Saturday, noon; TV: TSN; Radio: CJOB

Winnipeg line: The Bombers have beaten Hamilton six times in a row going back to last year. But the Bombers have also not won two games in a row going back to last year. Figure out which streak is more meaningful and you figure out who wins this one.

Hamilton line: Hamilton will certainly be motivated. Like Winnipeg, the Ticats must win on Saturday to stay in playoff contention. And Saturday's game will also be the last regular-season game ever played at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

ARGONAUTS (7-9) at ROUGHRIDERS (8-8)

Saturday, 3 p.m.; TV: TSN

Toronto line: The Argos have lost three in a row. Two of those came without starter Ricky Ray, but Ray was back in the lineup last week and the Argos still lost, at home, to Winnipeg.

Saskatchewan line: Riders tailback Kory Sheets has been rubbing his hands together in Regina all week at the prospect of playing against an Argos defence that gave up 260 rushing yards to Winnipeg last week.

ESKIMOS (7-9) at ALOUETTES (10-6)

Sunday, noon; TV: TSN

Edmonton line: The Eskimos have a lot to play for this week. A win over the Als clinches them a playoff spot; a loss means they would either need a win over Calgary at home next week or a loss from whoever wins the Winnipeg-Hamilton game this week.

Montreal line: The Als have nothing to play for this week, having already clinched first place in the East Division.

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 and lead football writer Paul Wiecek.

Lyons: Calgary, Hamilton, Saskatchewan, Montreal

Irving: Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Montreal

Brown: B.C., Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Montreal

Lawless: Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Montreal

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

Last week (overall): Lyons 2-2 (39-25); Irving 2-2 (38-26); Brown 2-2 (36-28); Lawless 2-2 (32-32); Wiecek 2-2 (30-34)

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 26, 2012 C2

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