CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Saskatchewan (3-4) at Ottawa (4-3)

The skinny: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. (TSN). You have to like what's happening these days with the Ottawa Renegades. They've won their last two, both on the road (at Saskatchewan and in Hamilton) -- and each time by accelerating their play in the second half after a dreadfully slow start. Two weeks ago at Taylor Field, the Renegades outscored the Roughriders 16-7 after the break on their way to a 21-16 win. OK, before I say another thing, I'm going to apologize to Roughrider fans (thanks for the e-mails). I said in last week's picks the 'Riders were healthy going into the Montreal game (a 42-13 loss). I should have stopped after saying their defence was healthier than it's been most of the season. The fact is they're decimated at receiver and nicked on the offensive line, neither of which is helping struggling QB Nealon Greene.

Cody's call: Renegades 27-17

Montreal (3-3) at Toronto (4-2)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. (RDS, TSN). Could it have been the fact Prime Minister Paul Martin was in the stands cheering them on? Whatever it was, the Alouettes looked like an entirely different bunch in a 42-13 win over Saskatchewan than the sad-sack lot that performed dreadfully in back-to-back losses against Winnipeg and Toronto. The Als' suspect defence, bolstered by the acquisition of tackle Clinton Wayne who came from Edmonton in a trade for receiver Kwaume Cavil, made big plays all night. The bad news for the Alouettes is they lost possession receiver Ben Cahoon, who broke his wrist and elbow and is gone for four to six weeks. Cry us a river, the Argos say. They're still not sure if ageless wonder Damon Allen will be available due to a sprained ankle. Allen won't be around forever, of course, but they need him now.

Cody's call: Argos 23-21

B.C. (6-0) at Calgary (3-3)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 10 p.m. (TSN). The Stamps showed a lot of spunk when they bumped into the undefeated Lions July 31 at B.C. Place. It took huge performances by London's Ryan Thelwell (10 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns) and Antonio Warren (114 yards rushing and another 90 receiving) to beat back the Stampeders in a 40-27 B.C. victory. Calgary actually led 14-3 after the first quarter, but the Lions roared back and kept the Stamps at bay by keeping their defence on the field for more than 40 minutes. B.C. may be the class of the league, although they appear headed for a quarterback controversy because both Dave Dickenson and Casey Printers are far too good to sit.

Cody's call: Lions 36-16

Hamilton (0-6) at Winnipeg (1-6)

The skinny: Saturday, 9 p.m. (CBC). When the teams in the matchup are a combined 1-12, you know there's lots going wrong. This can't be fun for either team, but most people in these parts -- me included -- feel more for Tiger-Cats head coach Greg Marshall because of his long and winning affiliation with London, in particular with the Mustangs. The Ticats gave each other a helping hand Tuesday, swapping receivers. The 'Cats dealt talented import Chris Brazzell to the Ka-blooie Bombers for non-import Kamau Peterson.

Cody's call: Ticats 27-20

Season record Last week: 2-2; overall: 19-10


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