Week 14 Picks
8:00 PM Friday, September 27, 2013
80.9% - B.C.
BC 53 WPG 17.
At 8-4 the Lions are in a playoff battle and a home field advantage priority. The win in Regina took away all conversation of inability to win on the road and put them one game behind the West-leading Stampeders and one game up on Riders in the head-to-head tiebreaker. That was a big win. Thomas DeMarco looked good at quarterback and that means there is no urgency for Travis Lulay to get back. Not sure how the Bombers will handle the "heartbreaker" last week and not sure how much they will make continuity to win the priority or keep the desire to find talent as the key issue. Either way I have to think the playoff purpose will make a difference in BC. Lions keep pace in their West title desires. BC.
6:00 PM Saturday, September 28, 2013
52.8% - Hamilton
CGY 35 HAM 11.
The first match-up was a good time back on Sept. 13 as Calgary played excellent come-from-behind football to win 26-22. This one should be similar in intensity as Hamilton wants to claim first place in the East and Calgary wants to maintain first place in the West. Last week was a wired win for the Ticats. Henry Burris had only 176 yards passing and CJ Gable had only 29 yards rushing. To win this one those numbers may have to triple. Both teams can win but in Guelph with only three more home games to go, a field goal win for Hamilton is what I logically conclude. Ticats by 3.
9:00 PM Saturday, September 28, 2013
62.9% - Toronto
TOR 34 EDM 22.
Argos at staying out West and not sure if that enhances the process or diffuses the purpose. Not many studies have been done of a team on the move. Can Toronto win four road games in a row? Montreal they beat by 7, Saskatchewan by 2 and Calgary by 6. All close, close games. Mike Reilly is the best thing to happen to Eskimo football in a long time, he's just not enough by himself. Jerious Norwood, if he continues his productive ways puts the Argos on their way. Toronto by 3.
1:00 PM Sunday, September 29, 2013
77.6% - Saskatchewan
SSK 12 MTL 17.
Maybe I am too influenced by urgency. A 4-8 team playing an 8-4 team that had lost three in a row. Montreal is solid on defence and will make game life tough for Darian Durant come Sunday at 1pm et. But even though Montreal's offence put up good numbers in Moncton against the Ticats they still did not win. The Riders did win the first one back on August 17, 24-21 but that was a full month ago so it's not really relevant to this game. Downhill slide for the Riders started in Winnipeg on Sept. 8, 25-13. Then several things happened - the off-field issues, then Kory Sheets and finally the DeMarco moment of excellent at the expense of winning at home. When is this soap opera of September going to end? Sunday in Montreal. Riders by 3.
Through 52 games, Schultz is 30-22. The World is 36-16.
The World currently leads with 36 wins.