Playoff race heating up

Kirk Penton -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

It's shaping up to be quite the finish to the CFL's regular season. The Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions are all but set to host the East and West Division Finals, respectively, while the Calgary Stampeders have locked the basement door from the inside.

In the middle is where the action is.

There are six teams from both divisions within four points of each other, and four of those teams will make it to the post-season dance.

The possibility of a crossover -- to either division -- is not out of the question and almost quite probable.

The crossover occurs when the fourth-place team in one division has a better record than the third-place team in the other.

Where everyone will end up, nobody knows.

We can, however, take a wild stab at it.

Here's a gaze into our crystal ball, with each team's current record, their remaining opponents, the projected result of each game and each team's projected record:

WEST DIVISION

Edmonton Eskimos (7-6) -- vs. Toronto (W); at Hamilton (W); vs. Montreal (L); at Saskatchewan (W); vs. Winnipeg (W).

Final record: 11-7, second.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-7) -- at Montreal (L); at B.C. (L); vs. Hamilton (W); at Edmonton (L); vs. Calgary (W).

Final record: 8-10, third.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-8) -- vs. Ottawa (W); vs. Montreal (L); at Ottawa (L); vs. Edmonton (L); at B.C. (L).

Final record: 6-12, fourth.

EAST DIVISION

Toronto (6-5-1) -- at Edmonton (L); vs. Calgary (W); vs. B.C. (L); at Calgary (W); vs. Hamilton (W); vs. Montreal (L).

Final record: 9-8-1, second.

Ottawa Renegades (5-8) -- at Saskatchewan (L); vs. Saskatchewan (W); at Hamilton (L); at Montreal (L); vs. Hamilton (W).

Final record: 7-11, third.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-7-1) -- vs. Edmonton (L); at Winnipeg (L); vs. Ottawa (W); at Toronto (L); at Ottawa (L).

Final record: 6-11-1, fourth.

So there it is. The Sun declares that there will be no crossover in the CFL playoffs for the first time in three years.

There are two games to circle on your calendar, and both take place at Frank Clair Stadium in the nation's capital. The second Saskatchewan-Ottawa tilt, at on Oct. 9, could give the Roughriders a two-game sweep of the Renegades, which would put them in line for their second crossover to the East in the last three seasons.

If the Renegades and Roughriders split, the Ottawa-Hamilton game on Oct. 30 -- the final day of the regular season -- could mean the winner gets into the playoffs and the other goes home for good.

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THEY SAID IT

"We wanted to win for Joe. We love playing for Paopao. I've been in this league a long time, probably played for three Hall of Fame coaches, and I don't want to play for anybody else. He's the best man I've ever played for, and the best coach."

-- Renegades OL Chris Burns, to the Ottawa Citizen, after his team presumably saved head coach Joe Paopao's job by beating Calgary on Friday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 3

Consecutive season-ending injuries for B.C. Lions LB Javier Glatt. He suffered an ACL tear Saturday against Edmonton, he badly hurt a pectoral muscle in 2003, and he broke his leg in his senior year at UBC.


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