CFL countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

Saskatchewan (9-9) at Montreal (10-8)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 3 p.m. (CBC, RDS). Just a quick word on the final week -- Week 20 -- of the CFL regular season, a sad (0-4) time for my prognostications. The four winning teams last weekend mustered a collective season record of 32-40. The four losing teams were a collective 44-28. OK, not everyone was trying their hardest out there. I know it's important, particularly at the end of such a long regular season, for teams to rest players and protect their stars from injury. But momentum is important, too, meaning teams that don't give it their all at the end of the regular season cheat themselves -- and their fans. The Roughriders finished fourth in the West, but earned the right to face in Als in the East semi-final because their 9-9 regular-season record surpassed the Ottawa Renegades' 7-11 mark. The Riders will come in on a high after last Saturday's 13-12 victory over B.C., which finished first in the West despite staggering down the stretch with six losses in its last seven games. The Roughriders are a week removed from the Trevis Smith sex scandal that turned the team upside down. It could still be a distraction, but it could also be a rallying point in an us-against-the-world scenario. The Roughies, who had losing streaks of five and three games this season, will need to have their heads into this one. The Als can be good, great even, if the right bunch shows up. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who led the CFL with 5,556 passing yards, comes in rested and healthy after taking off Montreal's regular-season finale, a 15-9 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Montreal-Saskatchewan winner gets the Toronto Argos in the East final next Sunday in T.O. Then East meets West in the Grey Cup Nov. 27 in Vancouver. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

Cody's call: Alouettes 33-23

Edmonton (11-7) at Calgary (11-7)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 6 p.m. (CBC, RDS). The Battle of Alberta resumes, this time with do-or-die consequences. The big game is in the Stamps' corral because they won the season series against the Eskimos 2-1, including a 43-23 pasting in last Sunday's regular-season finale. The Stampeders are the story of the year in the CFL, recovering brilliantly after last year's league-worst 4-14 record. The Stampeders, who won just 15 games during the last three seasons and haven't been to the playoffs since they won the Grey Cup in 2001, were victorious in seven of their last eight regular-season games. And don't believe all that crazy talk about how Calgary would be better off if the semifinal was in Edmonton because the Stampeders were 6-3 on the road this season and 5-4 at home. The Stamps will be home, sweet home, today. And they'll love it. The Eskimos? They're a puzzling (read frustrating if you're an Esks' fan) bunch for sure. Edmonton is going to the playoffs for the 34th straight year, but in their storied 57-year CFL history, the Eskimos have never won the Grey Cup -- or even reached the championship game -- in a year in which they finished third. This year's Eskimos remind me of the Alouettes. You're just never sure which team will show up. I picked Edmonton to win the Grey Cup at the beginning of the season. I still believe they're capable -- but they're also capable of going down against Calgary. It's great that the running game is going great guns with Troy Davis, but it's troubling that rifle-armed Ricky Ray hasn't thrown a TD pass in five games. The Calgary-Edmonton winner heads to B.C. next Sunday.

Cody's call: Stampeders 28-27

Season record

Last week: 0-4; overall: 45-32


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