CFL Week 1 Picks

JIM BENDER, KIRK PENTON and PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

HAMILTON AT MONTREAL

Tonight, TSN, 6:30 p.m.

Bender: The Don is about to spoil Marshall's plans to start on another coach-of-the-year season. Take the Als.

Penton: The Als take advantage of their home field and kick off 2005 with a bang. Go with the Als.

Friesen: The Ticats aren't sneaking up on anybody this season, least of all the Alouettes at home. Montreal.

OTTAWA AT EDMONTON

Friday, TSN, 8 p.m.

Bender: Pity poor Paopao whose off-season recruiting was hampered by short purse strings and now has a Forrest looking over his shoulder. Meanwhile, 'Danny Much-Mocha' benefited from Edmonton's big bankroll. Eskies win easy.

Penton: Regardless of who starts at quarterback for the Eskimos, they will have no problem taking care of the Renegades, who are in for a long season. Eskimos in a rout.

Friesen: Joe Paopao reportedly needs eight wins this season to save his job. This won't be one of them. Edmonton.

B.C. AT TORONTO

Saturday, CBC, 6 p.m.

Bender: Wally Boo-Boo will try to avenge last year's Grey Cup loss and yes, 'Million-Dollar Dave' will start again! Won't matter this early in the season as that Argo defence will muzzle the Lion roar once again. Argos in a squeaker.

Penton: This Grey Cup rematch should be a doozy. Almost everybody who played in last year's title game is back, including Dave Dickenson. The Argos win again.

Friesen: I get the feeling you won't see the Lions picked to lose very often in this space. Not even against the defending Grey Cup champs. B.C.

WINNIPEG AT SASKATCHEWAN

Saturday, TSN, 9 p.m.

Bender: The Grinnin' Barrett will be frowning over memories of how Winnipeg whipped his 'Riders in three straight last season. But the Dogged Daley's Replacements are still getting to know each other. Take the Roughies.

Penton: The Roughriders have almost all of their starters back, while the Bombers are still getting used to all the new faces. It's going to be slow going for the Blue and Gold early in the season. Roughriders.

Friesen: Somehow, the Bombers dominated this matchup last year, winning all three games. Don't expect a repeat. Saskatchewan.

REPORTERS' RECORDS:

JIM BENDER

Last year: 53-33

KIRK PENTON: 53-33

PAUL FRIESEN: 57-29


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