Grey Cup 2013: Full Breakdown of Sunday's CFL Championship Game

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Grey Cup 2013: Full Breakdown of Sunday's CFL Championship Game
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In what should be the most interesting game of the entire playoffs, the Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7, 2-0) will square off against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8, 2-0) in the 101st Grey Cup game on Sunday.

These two teams played each other twice this season, with Saskatchewan taking both victories in convincing fashion. Hamilton has improved since the two teams last played in July, but the edge still goes to the more talented Roughriders.

Here is all the vital information every fan needs to witness the CFL’s championship game.

 

Where: Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, Regina, Saskatchewan

When: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT)

Watch: TSN

Live Stream: TSN Mobile TV

 

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Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Keys to Victory

Hamilton deserves immense credit for making it this far, but the elite play of the Saskatchewan offense and the home-field advantage should result in another championship win for the Roughriders.

The talent of quarterback Darian Durant is unquestionable, but the real star of the offense is running back Kory Sheets and his 1,598 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns. Add in the team’s ability to score points in bunches, and Hamilton is in serious trouble.

While the Tiger-Cats defense has allowed 24 points or less in each of the past four games, the inconsistency shown this season, coupled with the high-powered attack of Saskatchewan, will result in the defense getting beaten early and often.

The Roughriders offense will have Hamilton’s defense on its heels all day.

 

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Keys to Victory

Head coach Kent Austin and star wide receiver Andy Fantuz were with Saskatchewan when the team won its last championship in 2007, but the tide has turned as the duo will go against their old team on Sunday.

That familiarity will give Hamilton a distinct edge against their foes.

The Tiger-Cats will be prepared for the boisterous fans in Mosaic Stadium and will not be overwhelmed by the stage. Led by the balanced offense orchestrated by quarterback Henry Burris, Hamilton will give the Roughriders a much tougher game than most expect.

Hamilton may not win, but Saskatchewan won’t dominate them on Sunday.

 

Prediction

Hamilton has made a dream run to the Grey Cup, but the team doesn’t have the talent needed on both sides of the ball to beat Saskatchewan Sunday.

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After the Roughriders destroyed the top-ranked Calgary Stampeders to make it to the championship game, it became clear that this team had the perfect mix of raw skill and momentum to win the CFL title.

The Tiger-Cats had a great season, but the stage is set for Saskatchewan to bring home the franchise’s fourth Grey Cup in front of the home fans.

Predicted Score: Saskatchewan 40, Hamilton 30

 

*Stats via TSN.com.

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