CFL Predictor: Semi-Final Round

Well the Montreal Alouettes were the lone team to trip me up in week 20 of the regular season. The Als lose to Hamilton was a surprise and could have cost them a shot at the Grey Cup by not hosting the East Final.

The three correct predictions, however, closed out my regular season record at 54-and-27.

Here are my thoughts heading into the division semi-finals this weekend:

B.C. Lions (9-9 4th in West) LW: 33-16 loss vs. Calgary
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Montreal Alouettes (9-9 2nd in East) LW: 29-15 loss at Hamilton

Homer Season Series (1-1 Als 24-9 win at home, BC 41-5 win at home)

Two teams coming off of two score losses last week. Two teams that had more expected of them last week. Two teams that don’t particularly travel well. The last point to me is the biggest and the most troubling for the Lions. That being said the Lions quarterback situation is in a state of flux and they are banged up on both sides of the offensive and defensive line. That’s why I am going with the Als to end the recent CFL run of host teams playing in the Grey Cup. Take Montreal to win 34-22.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8 3rd in West) LW: 24-17 win vs. Edmonton
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Edmonton Eskimos (12-6 2nd in West) LW: 24-17 loss at Saskatchewan

Eskies Freeze Out Riders in Season Series:
Edmonton 24 – Saskatchewan 0 – WEEK 14 (at Edmonton)
Edmonton 24 – Saskatchewan 19 – WEEK 17 (at Regina)

Saskatchewan 24 – Edmonton 17 – WEEK 20 (at Regina)

Never can I remember a time where not one but both teams don’t know what their quarterback situation will be entering a play-off game. Are they playing games? Do they really not know? DO they want to keep each other off guard that much? Your guess is as good as mine! To be truthful this gamesmanship in my opinion is a little bush league and you know that it would never be condoned in the NFL. Name your roster and move on forget the silly games. That all being considered there is something to be said about the defending champions and their confidence heading into this week with both Kerry Joseph and Darian Durant. I don’t think Edmonton has the same swagger without Mike Reilly. Defensively it is going to a saw off so the team that can make a big play on offence will win. That’s why I will go with the Riders in a barn burner 28-24.

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