The race for top spot in the CFL’s East and West Divisions will come down to the wire.
Five teams are tied with 10-7 records and remain in contention for top spot in the East and West Divisions heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers can clinch first in the East Division – and home-field advantage for the division final Nov. 20 – with a road win over the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday afternoon. The Bombers could also secure first with a loss but only if the B.C. Lions beat the Montreal Alouettes later Saturday night.
That's because if Winnipeg and Montreal ended the season tied, the Bombers get top spot after winning the season series 2-1.
The Alouettes, the defending Grey Cup champions, then would host Hamilton in the East Division semi-final Nov. 13. The Tiger-Cats (8-9) complete their regular season Thursday night at Rogers Centre facing the Toronto Argonauts.
Montreal needs to beat B.C. and have Calgary down Winnipeg to finish atop the East Division.
Toronto (5-12) will finish last in the East Division and miss the CFL playoffs for the third time in four years.
B.C., Edmonton and Calgary all enter the final week of the regular season tied for first in the West. But if the Eskimos and Stampeders both lose their regular-season finales, the Lions will have clinched top spot before stepping on to the field against Montreal based on winning the season series with both the Stamps and Esks.
Edmonton completes its regular season Friday night against the Saskatchewan Roughriders needing a victory to clinch at least home-field advantage for the West Division semi-final Nov. 13.
Calgary must beat Winnipeg and have both B.C. and Edmonton lose to finish first and gain home-field advantage in the West Division final Nov. 20.
Should B.C., Edmonton and Calgary all finish tied, the Lions would get first based on better head-to-head records. The Eskimos would garner second and host the Stampeders in the West semi-final.
The Canadian Press