Week 18 Picks
7:30 PM Thursday, October 24, 2013
91.3% - Toronto
WPG 21 TOR 36.
After 17 weeks the Toronto Argonauts are still in a battle for first place in the East . If, and yes I know it is a big if, they lose their final two games and if Hamilton wins their last two the two teams would be tied for first and the Ticats own the tiebreaker. Longshot? Yes. But it is possible. Actually, the Ticats have to watch out for Montreal who, after the 35-3 win on Sunday, are only one game behind Hamilton. I am, like any Ticat fan, a little mystified by Sunday's game. But, Henry Burris is putting together a good solid year at quarterback. Has played in all 16 games, could hit 5,000 yards by the end of the season, and has nine 300-yard games. For Winnipeg, their best quarterback is eighth in an eight-team league. I also like CJ Gable, fourth in rushing behind the usual suspects of Andrew Harris, Kory Sheets, and Jon Cornish. The Argonauts do not want to push their playoff desires to Week 19 as Montreal comes to town and the Alouettes are improving, slowly but surely.The Argos take care of business over Winnipeg.
10:00 PM Friday, October 25, 2013
88.8% - B.C.
EDM 29 BC 43.
One team is experimenting, one team is still developing. Eight turnovers in one game is ridiculous. Eight turnovers by one team in one game is unprofessional. That will not happen this week at BC Place, quite the opposite. I expect BC to respond from a poor ball security performance with an excellent one as the Lions go for their 10th win of the year. I will be interested to see how the Lions use Stefan Logan on offence. Primary back, secondary back, or maybe a rotation back? Either way he is a talent that needs time. How they work him in will be interesting. The Lions have to do two things to keep playing football until late November: protect the ball and improve their red zone defence. That starts with a good win over Edmonton. BC will get their 10th.
1:00 PM Saturday, October 26, 2013
62.7% - Hamilton
MTL 24 HAM 27.
Logic says that after such a dominate win, with confidence so high Montreal should be able to walk on the field of Alumni stadium and again beat the Ticats? But I'm not so sure. Kent Austin was one angry head coach during his halftime interview last Sunday and that emotion will transfer to his players by Saturday afternoon. Troy Smith: not bad for game one. As a player his experience serves him well to compete for a starting quarterback position and playing the same team again could be an extension of previous success experienced. But on the other side the Tiger-Cats know more about him than before and that fact is to their advantage. Either way, wish I would be there as it could be a great game. Bounce back game for the Ticats, I'm taking Hamilton.
7:00 PM Saturday, October 26, 2013
53.3% - Saskatchewan
SSK 25 CGY 29.
This is the best game of the week. Two games behind with two to go. That is what the Riders are looking at when they travel to Calgary. Two games ahead with two to go. That is what the Stampeders are looking at this week. The Stampeders are 14-3 at home over the last two years. They have the top running back in terms of production in Cornish. Kevin Glenn is on top of his game and Rene Paredes is the best kicker in the league. For the Riders, they have an excellent running back in Sheets and a defence that must be extremely confident coming into this one after forcing eight turnovers last week at home against BC. They also have the thirrd and fourth most productive receivers in Chris Getzlaf and Weston Dressler. Both teams have major similarities and few weaknesses. Who will win? Calgary by three.
Through 68 games, Schultz is 41-27. The World is 47-21.
The World currently leads with 47 wins.