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Thursday, September 24, 2015

CFL THIS WEEK

CALGARY at WINNIPEG, FRIDAY 6:30 PM

Calgary (9-3) edged Winnipeg (4-8) 26-25 on July 18 with Drew Willy under centre but secured a 36-8 victory Aug. 29 with Robert Marve as the starter. Matt Nichols makes a third straight start for the Bombers, completing 23-of-48 passes for 189 yards and an interception in last weekend's 35-14 loss to Montreal. Jon Cornish, back in the Stampeders' lineup, ran for 120 yards in the first victory over the Bombers.

Pick - Calgary
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B.C. at EDMONTON, SATURDAY 2:00 PM

A tough spot for Jonathon Jennings. With starter Travis Lulay and backup John Beck both ailing, Jennings makes his first pro start for B.C. (4-7) against the CFL's top-ranked defence and one that had two interception return TDs in last weekend's win over Hamilton. Edmonton (8-4) needed its stellar defence as starter Mike Reilly had more yards rushing (72) than passing (49).

Pick - Edmonton
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TORONTO at OTTAWA, 5:00 PM

The Toronto Argonauts head into their crucial road series versus the Ottawa Redblacks with Trevor Harris as their starter.

Veteran quarterback Ricky Ray resumed practising prior Toronto's 42-12 Labour Day loss to Hamilton after missing nine games recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. But with Ray struggling to find consistency in his game, Harris will make an 11th straight start Saturday when Toronto (6-5) visits Ottawa (7-4).

Ottawa is the CFL's hottest team with three straight wins and is a stellar 4-1 at home. Henry Burris, 40, is the league's second-ranked passer with 3,298 yards and threw for 477 yards and two TDs in last weekend's 30-27 win over Saskatchewan.

Pick - Ottawa
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MONTREAL at SASKATCHEWAN, SUNDAY 2:00 PM

He wasn't spectacular but Jonathan Crompton made a triumphant return last week for Montreal (5-7). Playing for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury in the season opener, Crompton was 14-of-27 passing for 181 yards and two TDs in a 35-14 win over Winnipeg. Crompton also had two picks. Veteran Kevin Glenn, in his first start with Saskatchewan (1-11) since suffering a torn pectoral muscle, threw for 227 yards and two TDs last weekend against Ottawa.

Pick - Montreal

Last week: 3-1

Overall: 31-21

(Canadian Press)

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