WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders will meet Sunday for the annual Labour Day Classic (which really isn’t on Labour Day), marking the first of three meetings over the next few weeks, including next weekend’s rematch in the Banjo Bowl at IG Field.
Winnipeg is riding a four-game win streak against the Roughriders after taking both regular-season meetings, last year’s Western Final, and the 2019 Western Final. The Bombers won last year’s Labour Day Classic 23-8 but are just 2-14 in their last 16 Labour Day games against their green rivals.
While Winnipeg hasn’t been at its best in recent weeks, it remains evident that the defending champs are in a different class than Saskatchewan. Not only do the Blue Bombers have a better record (10-1 vs. 6-5) and point differential (+87 vs. +8), but they outshine the Roughriders in almost every major statistical category. Saskatchewan has some momentum after a win over the second-place BC Lions last week, but that victory came against a team missing star quarterback Nathan Rourke. The Roughriders will enjoy home field advantage in front of a sold out crowd, but they are just 3-3 at Mosaic Stadium this year, with each of their wins coming against foes from the weaker East Division.
Expect another big Bomber win as their league dominance continues. Kick off is 5pm (680 CJOB, TSN 3).