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Regina Leader-Post - - SPORTS - — Rob Van­stone

FRI­DAY, 5 P.M. Calgary at Hamil­ton

The Stampeders are a pow­er­house, whereas the Tiger-Cats have emerged from the CFL’s out­house fol­low­ing an 0-8 start. Calgary is a vir­tual sure thing, week af­ter week, and the same can be said of an in­cor­rect pre­dic­tion per­tain­ing to a Tiger-Cats game. Since June Jones took over as Hamil­ton’s head coach for the team’s ninth game, the pro­jected out­come in this space has been re­li­ably in­cor­rect. It will be a shock, though, if Hamil­ton de­fies the skep­tics this week. Stampeders by eight

FRI­DAY, 8 P.M. Ottawa at Saskatchewan

The Roughrid­ers won 18-17 in Ottawa on Sept. 29, but the Red­blacks should present a con­sid­er­ably tougher chal­lenge this time. The rea­son: Trevor Har­ris — not Ryan Lind­ley — will be quar­ter­back­ing the Red­blacks. A Har­ris-led of­fence against a Chris Jones-coached de­fence should be an in­trigu­ing matchup. Har­ris loves to go deep, to Greg Elling­son, in par­tic­u­lar but the Roughrid­ers have be­come tough to beat over the top — and tough to beat, pe­riod. Home field should be the edge, as long as Saskatchewan can find a way to stop the run. Ottawa’s Wil­liam Pow­ell sliced the Riders for 187 yards on Sept. 29. Roughrid­ers by two

SATUR­DAY, 2 P.M. B.C. at Winnipeg

The Bombers are com­ing off a home-field loss to Hamil­ton. A visit by the Lions should leave Bombers fans in a bet­ter mood. De­spite an ar­ray of tal­ent and a Hall of Fame head coach (Wally Buono), the Lions have been the league’s big­gest dis­ap­point­ment this sea­son. Play­off hopes are quickly evap­o­rat­ing. One odd­ity, though: Winnipeg has four more vic­to­ries than B.C., but has al­lowed 29 more points in an equal num­ber of games (14). The Bombers are an op­por­tunis­tic team and they are about to face a B.C. squad that tends to self-de­struct. Blue Bombers by seven

SATUR­DAY, 5 P.M. Toronto at Ed­mon­ton

Thank you, first of all, to the Eski­mos for sav­ing last week’s pre­dic­tions. If not for Ed­mon­ton’s 42-24 con­quest of Montreal, this prog­nos­ti­ca­tor would have been a glo­ri­ous 0-4. Now, was the Eski­mos’ vic­tory — which snapped a six-game los­ing skid — a sign that they are pro­gress­ing, or sim­ply a prod­uct of play­ing the CFL’s worst team? The sus­pi­cion per­sists that the Eski­mos still have enough tal­ent to re­verse their for­tunes. Re­ceiver Brandon Zyl­stra, by him­self, is worth watch­ing.

Eski­mos by four

Last week: 1-3 Over­all: 42-19

Trevor Har­ris

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