Week 9 Picks
7:30 PM Thursday, August 22, 2013
91.6% - B.C.
BC 38 MTL 39.
So many injuries, so little time in Montreal. Only four days to get ready and depending on how the week goes the Als could be without four starters and maybe more. With BC I don't think they are as good this year as they were at this point last year but progressively they are getting there. It will be critically important for Montreal to take a lead because they have pass protection issues and the Lions' pass rush has improved. Darian Durant did not play well against Montreal last week. Travis Lulay will play better this week. Have to stick with logic - BC over Montreal this Thursday night.
7:30 PM Friday, August 23, 2013
61.1% - Toronto
CGY 35 TOR 14.
This is a tough one to pick. When Calgary steps into the Rogers Centre the first memory will be from last year's Grey Cup loss. Revenge you say? Absolutely. Toronto has to stop Jon Cornish and Calgary has to stop Ricky Ray. It is more likely the first happens as compared to the second. Right now no quarterback is more polished than Ray. He went 30-for-35 in passing last game and when you calculate the numbers over the last three games they are jaw-dropping good. There is no reason he shouldn't continue that amazing success. This one will be close but in the end when the pressure is on Ray will stay calm. Toronto.
1:00 PM Saturday, August 24, 2013
87.6% - Hamilton
WPG 14 HAM 37.
It's not so much that I like Hamilton because Winnipeg is rebuilding as much as because Hamilton is improving. Both running backs C.J. Gable and Chevon Walker are productive as backs but even more significant as receivers. There are very few linebackers who can cover either back and Kent Austin as a play caller knows that. If Hamilton jumps on the Bombers it will take Chad Simpson out of the game. So the priority for Winnipeg is to have an effective passing game, take advantage of a very young secondary for Hamilton and get some points fast. Hamilton is improving, Winnipeg is searching. Ticats.
4:00 PM Saturday, August 24, 2013
82.6% - Saskatchewan
SSK 30 EDM 27.
The Riders did not play well last week. Not sure why but I am sure it is a concern for Cory Chamblin and his staff. They will be motivated to win as last week they were lucky to win. For Edmonton, well, when is it going to happen? If not for a Grant Shaw miss the Argos game could have gone into overtime. Mike Reilly is getting there and if - big if - Edmonton can win this one it will achieve a new confidence going into the back-to-back with Calgary. They want to win...but also have to win. Upset special of the week, Eskimos over Riders!
Through 32 games, Schultz is 18-14. The World is 24-8.
The World currently leads with 24 wins.