FOOT­BALL PICKS

WHO WILL WIN IN WEEK 8?

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - Dan Ralph, The Cana­dian Press

Ed­mon­ton ver­sus Ottawa (Thurs­day, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Com­ing off a 33-28 home win over the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats. The hard-luck Red­blacks (1-5-1) lost a 33-30 home de­ci­sion to the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers on Justin Med­lock’s 38-yard field goal on the game’s fi­nal play. That’s been the story this sea­son for the de­fend­ing Grey Cup cham­pi­ons. Ed­mon­ton is 6-0 to start a sea­son for the first time since 1961 and is do­ing it with a de­pleted ros­ter. But, given their mount­ing in­jury list, the Eski­mos could be primed for their first loss of the year.

Pre­dic­tion: Ottawa.

Toronto ver­sus Mon­treal (Fri­day, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Toronto (3-4) is com­ing off a 41-24 home loss to Cal­gary, a game starter Ricky Ray left in the sec­ond half with a shoul­der in­jury. Ray is listed as day-to-day and could play. If not, mo­bile backup Cody Fa­jardo would get the start. Ar­gos coach Marc Trest­man and re­ceiver S.J. Green will face their former team for the first time. Mon­treal (2-4) is com­ing off the bye, hav­ing not played since blow­ing a late 12-point lead in a 41-40 loss to Win­nipeg.

Pre­dic­tion: Mon­treal

Win­nipeg ver­sus Hamil­ton (Satur­day, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Win­nipeg (4-2) has mounted late come­backs to win its last two games ver­sus Mon­treal and Ottawa, re­spec­tively. Ni­chols threw for 319 yards and a TD last week against the Red­blacks but the Bombers needed six field goals from Med­lock to cap­ture the vic­tory. Hamil­ton (0-6) re­mains the CFL’s lone win­less team but played Ed­mon­ton tough fol­low­ing an em­bar­rass­ing 60-1 loss to Cal­gary the week be­fore. As­sis­tant head coach June Jones will have the week to pro­vide his thoughts on how to help the Ti­cats.

Pre­dic­tion: Win­nipeg

B.C. ver­sus Saskatchewan (Sun­day, 8 p.m. ET)

B.C. (5-2) looks to sweep the home-and-home se­ries af­ter last week’s 30-15 home vic­tory. Travis Lu­lay threw for 338 yards and a TD while Bryan Burn­ham posted five re­cep­tions for 131 yards and a touch­down. Chris Wil­liams had three catches for 75 yards in his Lions de­but. Kevin Glenn was 19-of-27 pass­ing for 186 yards and two touch­downs but it was Cana­dian Bran­don Bridge who threw two TD passes for the Rid­ers (2-4). Saskatchewan is 2-1 at home but 0-3 ver­sus West Di­vi­sion teams.

Pre­dic­tion: B.C. Last week: 3-1 Over­all: 22-6-1

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