The Hamilton Tiger-Cats kick off a crucial home-and-home series against the Argos in Toronto Friday night.
CHML’s coverage of the game begins with the Pregame Show at 6:30pm, kickoff is at 7 o’clock.
Hamilton has dropped two of their last three games while the Boatmen have won their last four, all on the road.
The streak has provided Toronto with a 6 point cushion over Hamilton for first place in the CFL’s East Division.
The two teams will meet again in Guelph on Thanksgiving Monday.
They’ve split their last 10 games against each other, although the defending champion Argos have won the last four meetings.
Hamilton can secure a playoff spot with a win over the Argos, couple with losses by Winnipeg and Edmonton.
The Blue Bombers visit Calgary Saturday night while the Eskimos host the Alouettes earlier in the day.
Toronto can clinch a home playoff game with a victory and would clinch first place in the East Division, and a bye to the East Final, with a win and a Montreal loss.
The Cats have made a few lineup changes for this game.
CLICK HERE to see Hamilton’s depth chart.
Newly signed kick and punt returner Brandon Banks will take over from the recently released Kendial Lawrence.
Receiver Dobson Collins replaces Dave Stala, Marc Dile moves from right tackle to left tackle in place of the injured Brian Simmons, fullback Dahrran Diedrick returns from the injured list, as does safety Courtney Stephen.
Toronto has lost an offensive weapon to injury but is getting a big star back from IR.
CLICK HERE to check out Toronto’s depth chart.
After a four game absence, reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player Chad Owens makes his return to the Argos lineup while receiver John Chiles takes a seat to nurse an injury.
Toronto beat Hamilton 39-34 in their regular season opener in a game where Henry Burris and Ricky Ray combined to throw for 729 yards and 7 touchdowns.
That game was flooded with big plays, including an Andy Fantuz 64 yard TD reception, a 57 yard score by Chad Kackert and a 73 yard touchdown grab by Jason Barnes.
Ray won’t play in Friday’s rematch as he continues to rehab a shoulder injury he suffered August 23.
Zach Collaros has been more than an adequate fill in for Ray, tossing 9 TDs and running for two more since Ray went down.
He was named the CFL’s Offensive Player of the Month for September, the first Argo since 2010 to earn a player of the month honour.
On the other side of the field, Henry Burris has struggled in his last two games, combining to throw for 310 yards, 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Burris still leads the league with 3,899 passing yards and needs only 35 yards to pass Hall of Fame QB Ron Lancaster for fourth place on the CFL’s all-time passing yards list.
Cats linebacker Brandon Isaac will play against the Argos for the first time since Toronto released him in July.
In four games with the Double Blue this season, the fiery Isaac made 16 defensive tackles and a sack.
He’s picked up 11 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, two sacks and an interception in Black & Gold.
Of note: Fans who are attending Friday’s game at Rogers Centre are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or cash to any gate for the Purolator Tackle Hunger Food Drive in support of Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.