The spread have cometh and the spread taketh – the CIS Crew faired a little bit differently last week with spreads in place. Evan Daum may want to head to Vegas with his impressive 7-3 record last week; gamblers take note as his picks are the envy of the CIS blog crew right now! The spreads have clearly changed how the gang picks and its getting closer to crunch time as the playoffs are around the corner.
Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Oct. 14; 7pm MDT)
Calgary heads into Saskatchewan as the cream of the Canada West crop. While these two teams have locked up for some classics over the past couple of seasons, this one has a different feel. Saskatchewan has been good this season, but this year Calgary has clearly outclassed the rest of the conference. Expect the Dinos to run home with an explosive rushing attack.
Daum’s pick: Calgary 31- 21
McMaster @ Laurier (Oct. 15; 1pm EDT)
No question this game will be decided in the air – the two best passing offences in the nation go head-to-head with a lot on the line. Kyle Quinlan returned last week and tossed a impressive 455 yards against a Toronto defence; WLU will play tighter defence then the Blues, but they have given up plenty of points to make everyone believe McMaster will secure a playoff bye on Saturday.
However, throw away the 58-35 stinker against Queen’s and the Hawks could easily be 5-1 right now. Their offence is clearly clicking having rattled off back-to-back 50+ point games. The receiver combo of Shamawd Chambers and Dillon Heap is also deadly (both in top-10 yards amassed in Canada). Throw in dependable Mark Surya and QB Shane Kelly has lots of options. Mac is the favourite here – but this Golden Hawk team may just have a Yates Cup run in them. If they do – it starts on Saturday.
Grobe’s pick: Laurier 42-36
Windsor at Ottawa (Oct. 15; 1pm EDT)
The Gee-Gees should like their chances with their sophisticated style of defence, augmented by speed, going up against a suspect Windsor offensive line and first-year starting QB Austin Kennedy. Kennedy's slipperiness was the only reason the Lancers' line didn't give up eight or nine sacks vs. Queen's. The Gee-Gees, with their joker front which disguises who's blitzing, can confuse blockers and opposing passers. Windsor might get some big plays thanks to Kennedy and their two reliable receivers, Jordan Brescacin and Cory Fernandes, but might have a tough time sustaining offence across four quarters. Ottawa, should the weather prove nasty, can probably play ball control with running backs Brendan Gillanders and Franck Ngandui. Their staple run play is an outside zone similar to the one Queen's ran over and over last Saturday when Ryan Granberg gained 241 yards, so Windsor could have trouble stopping the run. The Lancers' secondary is athletic but plays a lot of zone, which could mean Aaron Colbon will have a skew of time to find big-play receiver Simon Le Marquand.
Sager's pick: Ottawa 27-11
Montreal @ McGill (Oct. 15; 1pm EDT)
A classic trap game. Montreal is coming off of their biggest win in years and are poised to take McGill lightly. McGill had their coach step down this week, and turn over a new page. Remember, they played Laval tough and while they won't win this game - Montreal is by far the better team - I think this game will be closer than the spread, and than most people think.
Book’s Pick: Montreal 24-8
Regina @ UBC (Oct. 15; 2:00pm PDT)
Regina was a preseason favourite out West before injuries took ahold; however, after starting 0-3 they have won their past 2 games (granted, against Manitoba and Alberta). UBC is looking to re-establish themselves as the darkhouse Hardy candidates following a narrow loss to an inconsistent Huskies team before the bye week. This rematch of the season opener should be emotionally charged, given that the T-Birds took the Rams' star QB Marc Mueller out of commission then. But while both teams will be focused and ready to go, UBC's playing at home and wanting to reaffirm their new status in the conference, and so they'll win to keep their destiny in their own hands.
Radoslav's pick: UBC 27-20
Concordia @ Sherbrooke (Oct. 15; 7pm EDT)
Sherbrooke may be one game away from their conference-clinching game with Laval, but there is no way they are looking past Concordia. Sherbrooke let it hang against Concordia in the fourth quarter Sept. 23, barely winning 33–26. Sherbrooke should be fine, but they will need to adjust on pass defense, and cut down on the penalties this time.
King's Pick Sherbrooke 31–26