The Riders are set to close out the 2013 regular season against the Edmonton Eskimos.
It's a game that doesn't really mean much as the Riders will finish second in the west no matter what. Saskatchewan is guaranteed to host the B.C. Lions in the West semi-final next week while the Eskimos will finish last in the West and miss the playoffs.
So the game may have the feel of a pre-season match-up with nothing on the line. It will likely look that way too with a number of starters sitting it out and others getting a chance to play that normally wouldn't.
Darian Durant will not be staring at quarterback for the Riders Saturday afternoon against the Edmonton Eskimos.
The move shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who has seen practice at all this week as Durant's helmet has spent more time attached to his belt or on the ground than on his head. That being said, Head Coach Corey Chamblin didn't want to say much of anything when asked about it.
"I don't expect (Durant) to see much time, if any at all," said Chamblin.
Kory Sheets leads the pack of Roughriders nominated for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Awards.
On Wednesday the team released its slate of nominees for the CFL's annual awards ceremony as chosen by local members of the Football Reporters of Canada. Sheets was voted the team's nominee for Most Outstanding Player.
"It was one of those things I was quietly wanting to get," said Sheets. "Felt that I was capable of receiving that award."
Will they or won't they? That is the question.
The Riders began practicing on Tuesday for their regular season finale against the Edmonton Eskimos, which takes place on Saturday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium. With nothing on the line, conventional wisdom suggests that a number of players will be left out of the line-up.
But just who may or may not play remains somewhat up in the air.
It's no big deal; that was the message on Tuesday when running back Kory Sheets and offensive coordinator George Cortez met with the media to talk about their little blow-up on the sidelines during the Riders' loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.
"There's no animosity between us," said Cortez. "It's kind of like Vegas: what happens on the sidelines stays on the sidelines."
It was an old problem that came back to haunt the Roughriders in their 29-25 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
The game lived up to much of the hype as it close all game long, and was as physical as ever, but it was missed opportunities that came back to haunt the Riders once again.
"We got to find a way to close games out," said receiver Geroy Simon. "We just let it slip between our fingers."
The biggest game of the CFL regular season is finally almost here.
The Riders and Stampeders are set for their showdown at McMahon Stadium with first place in the West Division hanging in the balance.
Of course, even with a win the Riders will need some help next week if they're going to host the West Final at Mosaic Stadium. First things first they'll need to beat their biggest rivals in Calgary, something they haven't been able to do in quite some time.
Needless to say, there isn't much that needs to be said to get the players going.
The running backs aren't the only ones to watch on offence this week when the Roughriders take on the Stampeders.
Both teams are pretty stacked with receivers; both have a solid offensive line; and both bost two very good, but at times underrated, quarterbacks.
Darian Durant has been headline news for much of the season in Saskatchewan. Sometimes it's good coverage but he tends to get more attention when things aren't going well. However Stamps pivot Kevin Glenn has basically never been in the spotlight.
Those that worried they missed out on Regina Grey Cup tickets will be glad to know a "very limited number" of tickets are now on sale.
The announcement was made this morning. By News Talk Radio's count at least 650 were released, ranging in price from $138 to $403. Those few passes are up for purchase on the Grey Cup Festival web site only, according to a news release.
The showdown between the Riders and Stampeders is another day closer and that means Saskatchewan's offense is a day closer to facing off against Charleston Hughes.
When talking about the Stampeders' defence a whole lot is made of the defensive lineman, who is tied for the league lead in quarterback sacks with the Riders' Alex Hall. However, their defence is a lot more than just Hughes, even if he tends to have huge games against the Green and White.
While his pass rush certainly helps the secondary, the Stamps backfield is nothing to sneeze at either.