CFL Week 12 Picks

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

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Tonight, 6 p.m., TSN

B.C. at Ottawa

Bender: Deceptive Dave Ritchie actually has great defensive personnel to work with now so it doesn't really matter who starts at QB for B.C. Leos.

Penton: This is a tough one to call because of Dave Dickenson's sore shoulder. The Leos, however, are still tough enough no matter who's hurling the leather. Lions.

Friesen: So what if Buck Pierce is playing quarterback for the Lions? You get the impression they could win with Buck Owens throwing the ball. B.C.

Tomorrow, 8 p.m., TSN

Calgary at Edmonton

Bender: Timid Tom Higgins shot his wad last week and Danny 'Much Mocha' will be percolating against his mentor at home. Eskies.

Penton: The Eskimos held on for the win in Calgary, so they should do it again at home. Eskimos.

Friesen: I don't like the chances of Edmonton sweeping this home-and-home set, not after Calgary gained all that momentum in the second half on Labour Day. Stamps.

Saturday, 2 p.m., TSN

Hamilton at Toronto

Bender: The Marshall Plan starts to disintegrate here even if Bashir should be suspended for hurling his helmet -- with Calamity Clemons seeking the skies for help. Argos.

Penton: The Tiger-Cats beating the defending Grey Cup champs back-to-back just won't happen. Argos.

Friesen: The miracle Ticats are proving maybe they weren't as bad as their record. But, again, sweeping this series is tough. Toronto.

Saskatchewan at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Bender: The Bombers had better be playing a finer tune in the second annual Banjo Bowl. Besides, they can't afford to lose with the season hanging in the balance. In fact, maybe they should start boycotting interviews with certain reporters again, that always seems to get to the crux of their problems. Bombers.

Penton: If the Bombers lose this one, their season is done. They'll find a way. Bombers.

Friesen: The Bombers have been a different team at home. And this time it really is all over with another loss. Winnipeg.


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