The first week for CIS Pick’Em saw a lot of the group capture nine picks with only Jared Book being one off the pace. This week all but one expert is picking York to win its first game in years while Western, Laval, Saskatchewan and Calgary will remain undefeated (or so the experts think).
Contributors: Mike Radoslav, Jared Book, Perry King, Neate Sager, Evan Daum and Michael Grobe
Calgary @ Regina (Sept. 16; 7:00 pm MDT)
Talk about being thrown into the fire. The Regina Rams' new starting quarterback Frankie Gray will make his first CIS start this weekend at home against the number-three ranked Dinos. Expect plenty of RB Adrian Charles on the Rams side, but that won't be enough against a Calgary rushing attack that will churn up tons of yardage.
Daum’s Pick: Calgary 38-13
Laurier @ Queen’s (Sept 17; 1pm EDT)
A must win for two teams falling short of expectations. Laurier hasn't impressed with a mediocre win over York and last-second upset loss to Windsor. Queen's have shown no offence in losses to McMaster and Ottawa, scoring just 8 points in two games. Both teams are desperate for the win, but Laurier gets the nod since their offence has been visible.
Radoslav's Pick: 24 - 10 Laurier
Saint Mary’s @ Montreal (Sept 17; 1pm EDT)
The most important interlock game of the week has the Nos. 6 and 9 teams facing off. SMU is looking to show they are a national force after the AUS lost all 4 interlock games a year ago. Montreal is looking to show they are still a top-5 team despite losing to Laval. Homefield will be important and Saint Mary's will, reports say, start a rookie QB for this game. I also see Rotrand Sene having his best game of the season.
Book’s Pick: 35-14 Montreal
Guelph @ Toronto (Sept 17; 1pm EDT)
No pressure, Varsity Blues. Your first televised game since the 90’s will feature a ceremony honouring the 1951 team—who went undefeated and sent a dozen players to the CFL. You also haven’t beaten the Gryphons since 1995. Let’s hope they can actually score points this weekend.
King’s Pick: 27-21 Guelph
McMaster @ Windsor (Sept. 17; 7pm EDT)
Trouble in Tiger Town but it’s not with the Ticats. With the absence of McMaster’s Kyle Quinlan this game got a whole lot more interesting. Mac’s attack will now rely on second year quarterback Marshall Ferguson, who is capable, but will the rest of the team be ready to deal with the loss of someone who garnered attention as the front runner for the Hec? Off to a 2-0 start, Windsor has surprised many and they are ready to capitalize on this week’s events. Even though it’s early, a win by Windsor will certainly shake up preseason OUA predictions. Nobody expected a 3-0 start but with the way they are playing and the controversy in Hamilton – anything is possible.
Grobe’s Pick: 34-26 Windsor
Laval @ Sherbrooke (Sept. 17; 7pm EDT)
The Big Red Machine cleans up last week's penalty problems, Bruno Prud'homme turns in another INT-free day and the Laval D plays enough bend-but-don't-break coverage to slow down Sherby's passing combo of Jeremi Doyon-Roch and Simon Charbonneau. It adds up to another clear but close win.
Sager's pick: Laval 23-13