It's all up to Argos

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

REGINA -- Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons will have to wait for that slice of cheesecake, his victory indulgence of choice.

With the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beating Montreal 20-17 last night, the Argos need a win today against the Roughriders to reclaim top spot in the CFL East.

Even though he knows it won't come easy against a tough Saskatchewan squad playing at home, Clemons can't find much fault in his team's fate.

And how could he really?

"If two months ago if someone said 'you've got one game to play for first place and you've got to win it,' we wouldn't look around for help from anybody, we would have taken that exchange right away," Clemons said.

"We've got 60 minutes to play for first place. Where we are, having to win (today) is where it should be."

The Argos, winners of six in a row and eight of their past nine, could seal first with a win or a tie today and earn a rest until the Nov. 18 East Final at Rogers Centre.

A loss today would force the Argos to take on the Alouettes in the East semi-final next week in Toronto while Winnipeg would be rewarded with the bye.

"We're finally at a point where we control our own destiny," Argos safety Orlondo Steinauer said. "We're looking at it like we have to go 3-0 from here then it's a done deal."

Clemons isn't expecting any favours from his former offensive co-ordinator, Saskatchewan head coach Kent Austin. But he doesn't expect Roughriders quarterback Kerry Joseph to last much longer than the first half.

For the second consecutive game, the Argos will be without running back Robert Edwards (hamstring) and John Avery, who showed some flash last week, gets the start.


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