On the CFL football 2013 schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 3, will be a game featuring the Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts. This game, featuring two teams who are vying for one of the top spots in the division, will be televised and live streaming online thanks to the NBC Sports Network.
According to The Star on Sept. 2, this will be a game featuring backup quarterbacks for both teams. Anthony Calvillo and Ricky Ray have won multiple Grey Cups and put together CFL Hall of Fame resumes, but both will be watching from the sidelines as Tanner Marsh and Zach Collaros participate in this East Division showdown. The 24-year-old Marsh will make his first start ever for Montreal, who is currently 3-5 overall in the standings.
Montreal GM and interim head coach Jim Popp said of the situation:
“That’s been the trend in the CFL this year, there’s been a lot of teams that have had to face that adversity. There’s been a lot of injuries in our league this year . . . it’s going to happen at times and when it does you have to throw them in there and go at it.
It’s not just the quarterbacks, it’s the attitude your team has when they go on the field and have to play with them.”
Marsh has never started in the CFL but he was part of an impressive victory over the Lions back on Aug. 22. Marsh threw a 57-yard pass to Eric Deslauriers setting up the winning 15-yard field goal. Montreal won the game by a final of 39-38.
As for Collaros, he also led his team to a July 30th win over the Lions, by a final of 38-12. The 25-year-old sophomore will be starting just his second game for the Argonauts this season. Head coach Scott Milanovich has been impressed with his backup QB thus far, saying:
“I think he’s got some natural leadership abilities, kind of a fiery guy, football is important to him. I just like his makeup.”
Toronto, currently at 5-3 overall, leads the East Division, with Hamilton in second place at 4-5. A loss would put Hamilton, as well as Montreal, a game closer to the top spot, so it's certainly an important contest for both teams tonight. Odds currently favor the Argonauts by 4 1/2 to 5/ 12 points at home in this game, depending on which sports book is consulted.
Tonight's CFL game between the Alouettes and Argonauts goes live at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Viewers can watch this football game on TV via the NBC Sports Network on cable or satellite. In addition, the game will be live streaming online over at NBC Sports Live Extra website.
Which backup CFL quarterback will perform better in tonight's game, Collaros, or Marsh?