That the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders hail from the same province is where the CFL’s Battle of Alberta begins, but it’s hardly where the similarities end the way this season is going. Both teams have had undefeated starts to the season, that much is obvious, but when the doors to Commonwealth Stadium are pried open and the 4-0 Eskimos host the 3-0 Stampeders Thursday at 7 p.m., it will be the first time since 2011 that the rivalry has been renewed on Edmonton’s end. The last time the Eskimos came out on the winning end was Sept. 5, 2011, with a 35-7 victory in Calgary. Since then, the Stampeders have won the past eight meetings and have swept the season series a combined 7-0 over the past two years.
1. HISTORICAL ANOMALY
It’s been a long time coming since the Eskimos and Stampeders were both unbeaten before their first meeting this late into the schedule.