These two teams met back in week two of the season, where the RedBlacks dominated the Roughriders 40-17 in Ottawa. Quarterback Trevor Harris had a monster game, throwing for 345 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
The RedBlacks enter this game on a two-game losing streak, and are 3-3 on the road this season. They have played well against the number away from the Nation’s capital, as they are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 road games overall. Although the Riders are on a winning streak entering this one, playing on Saturday has not been good for the franchise, as they are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games.
Quarterback Trevor Harris is coming off his worst game of the season (statistically) in a 21-11 loss to the Montreal Alouettes. Harris was 25 of 46, for only 270 yards, 0 touchdowns, and an interception. Running back William Powell hasn’t had a 100 yard rushing game in just under a month (August 17 vs. Blue Bombers). The 30-year-old back is a big part of the Ottawa offence, but will have a tough time against a Saskatchewan defence that completely shut down the league’s leading rusher Andrew Harris (21 yards rushing) last weekend. Powell is second in league rushing with 846 yards.
Of note, the RedBlacks announced earlier this week that the acquisition of Maxx Forde from the B.C. Lions has been voided as the Canadian defensive lineman didn’t pass a medical.
The Roughriders are the CFL’s hottest team, coming into this game on a four-game winning streak, including sweeping a home-and-home series with divisional rival Winnipeg. In those four wins, the Green Riders have outscored their opponents by a combined 29 points, for an average of 7.25 points per game. There was some question about who will start at quarterback for this game on Saturday evening, but that was cleared up when Zach Collaros returned to practice Tuesday morning. The veteran pivot was knocked out of the Banjo Bowl game against the Blue Bombers on Saturday, and replaced by Brandon Bridge.
Defensive lineman Charleston Hughes continues to be the leading candidate for Defensive player of the year. The Saginaw, Michigan native leads the CFL with 13 sacks, five more than the Odell Willis, who is second in that category. However, last week was the first time this season that Hughes did not record a sack in a game.