There has been a debate in Riderville if the Saskatchewan Roughriders would be better off crossing over to the East Division or staying in the West for the playoffs. Saturday night, they'll determine which path they will head down when they battle the Edmonton Eskimos for third in the West, in the final day of the regular season.
The winner of Saturday's tilt will clinch the third spot and will travel to Winnipeg, who beat a mostly-backup Calgary squad 23-5 Friday night to earn home field in the West Semi. The Stampeders will await the winner in the West Final.
The loser will have to wait for Saturday's late game to find out where they'll be travelling. If Toronto beats BC, they'll clinch first in the East and Ottawa will fall to second place and host the East Semi-Final. If the Argos fall to the Lions, Ottawa will take top spot in the East and BMO Field will be the location for the first round of the East playoffs.
Saskatchewan fared better against their West opponents than Edmonton in the regular season. The Riders went 1-1 against Winnipeg and 1-1 against Calgary, but a big positive for the Riders is their win against the Stamps was on the road. The Eskimos were 0-2 against the Blue and Gold and 1-2 against Calgary, losing all 3 road games against their Western opponents.
As for Ontario's two top teams, both the Riders and Eskimos have fared well against them in the regular season. The Green and White went 1-1 against Ottawa, with that lone loss being a last second touchdown, and beat Toronto in their lone matchup this season, while the Green and Gold beat the Redblacks early in the season in their only game, while splitting two games with the Argos. However, the Eskimos did fall to Ottawa last year in the East Final.
For Saskatchewan, there will be quite a different lineup behind quarterback Kevin Glenn compared to last week's game against Montreal. Speedy running back and returner Marcus Thigpen and fellow ball runner Kienen LaFrance will be taking carries over from Trent Richardson, who was hurt late last week, and Cameron Marshall.