Lions (9-6) vs. Ti-Cats (7-8)
The BC Lions will try to continue their meteoric rise up the Western Conference standings on Saturday when they try for a ninth straight victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, losers of two straight games and four of their last six.
BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS (9-6) vs. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (7-8)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 22, 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Lions vs. Ti-Cats Betting Lines from Bovada.eu
Spread: Lions -1
Moneyline: Lions -115: Ti-Cats -105
Over/Under: 53 ½ points
Both teams have a ton to play for heading into Saturday’s action.
With three games remaining for both, BC has a share of first place in the West and Hamilton is in pursuit of a home playoff game in a month’s time.
BC has been ridiculous over the past two months. Eight straight wins have them in the driver’s seat to take the Western Conference, gain a first round playoff bye and host the Western Final. Who would have thunk it two months ago?
Travis Lulay has been incredible during the winning streak and the offense has scored at least 28 points in their last eight. On the season, Lulay has thrown for 3995 yards, 24 touchdowns versus just nine interceptions.
When the Lions need to run the ball, Andrew Harris has been great.
BC’s turnaround can be attributed to the defense as well as the offense.
During the eight game win streak, they have held three opponents under six points while averaging just under 20 points against over that span. The Lions also have the best kicker in the game.
Paul McCallum has been unstoppable this season, giving the Lions an almost guaranteed 3 points every time that they move into enemy territory.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats haven’t been doing themselves any favors lately yet they are still in the thick of the Eastern Conference race. Already guaranteed a playoff position, Hamilton is playing for second in the division – a place that would ensure a home playoff date.
The Tabbies have lost two straight and four of six but are coming off a good effort in a 27-25 loss to the first place Alouettes.
Hamilton has employed a two quarterback rotation in the last couple of weeks with great effectiveness. The rotation between Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter has kept defenses off guard and has allowed the Tiger-Cats to run a large variety of plays. Glenn and Porter combined to go 27-24 for 304 yards past week.
The real key for however is CFL second leading rusher Avon Cobourne. He provides experience to the lineup as well as being a serious threat out of the backfield. BC is going to have to be wary of Glenn, Porter and Cobourne in order to have success.
The BC Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games but are just 1-5 ATS in their last six games against Hamilton.
Both teams will be extremely motivated ahead of this matchup making for a close game. In a tight match, there is nobody better to have on your team than Paul McCallum.
He will be the difference as the Lions move one step closer to an improbable Western Conference crown.
Pick:BC Lions -1