Thursday, 20 October 2011

Smitty's Selections: Week 17

The last three weeks have been very kind to yours truly. I have managed to go a very impressive 10-2 over that span, and my 50-win season is still alive. I need 13 wins in the next 17 games (that does count the playoffs). Hard, but not impossible. A couple of 4-0 weeks would really help. Here's hoping this s one of them.

Edmonton at Toronto

The Argos not so shockingly beat the Stamps last week. Unfortunately for Toronto, Edmonton isn't Calgary. The Eskimos still have a very good shot at claiming first in the West. The Eskimos will use what happened to Calgary last week and avoid a similar fate.

Winner: Edmonton, 31-19

Saskatchewan at Calgary

What is the best medicine for a struggling team? Facing moribund Roughriders. Saskatchewan is terrible and has nothing to play for; Calgary still has hopes, small hopes they may be, on getting a home playoff game. Drew Tate will start for the Stamps, and if he is half as good as he was in relief of a struggling Henry Burris last week, the Stamps will take this one easily.

Winner: Calgary, 34-12

Montreal at Winnipeg

This one is simple: Winnipeg has to win if they hope to claim a first-round bye. A Montreal victory would give the Als the division crown for the fourth straight year; a Winnipeg win ties them with Montreal and gives them the head-to-head tiebreaker. This will be a good game, but Montreal will find a way to pull it out.

Winner: Montreal, 29-26

British Columbia at Hamilton

Recent history suggests that BC should win this game. No, not because of the eight game winning streak, but because of the last six games played between these teams, the road team has won all but one (Hamilton beat BC at Ivor Wynne in 2009). With BC probably being the best team in the league right now, and with Hamilton struggling, the smart bet is the Lions. I'm taking the Ti-Cats.

Winner: Hamilton, 31-27

Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Hamilton

Season Record: 36-24

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