The veteran quarterback will start for Calgary in its West Division final showdown at B.C. Place against the defending Grey Cup-champion Lions on Sunday. Glenn got the nod after starter Drew Tate sustained a fractured forearm in the Stampeders' semifinal victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Glenn's promotion highlighted an eventful week for Calgary. It began with questions of whether Tate suffered a concussion against Saskatchewan, then switched gears when receiver Nik Lewis was fined for a disparaging tweet about murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson.
Lewis didn't apologize for the tweet initially, but he did so Thursday and announced he'd donate Sunday's game cheque to a women's shelter in Calgary.
Fortunately for Calgary, there's no dropoff with Glenn under centre. He guided the Stampeders to a 9-5 record after Tate suffered a shoulder injury in July against the Toronto Argonauts.
Calgary obtained Glenn from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after last season in the deal that sent veteran quarterback Henry Burris to Steeltown. The move certainly looked prophetic when Tate went down in Toronto, and does so again with Calgary heading into its biggest game of the season.
The 33-year-old Detroit native established a career-high 66.7 per cent completion average while passing for 4,220 yards. He also had 25 touchdowns, but Glenn's 16 interceptions were second only to Burris's 18 picks among CFL starters.
Glenn's familiarity with the offence is certainly an advantage considering he'll face the CFL's top defence.
B.C. led in 18 of the league's 25 defensive categories, including fewest points allowed (19.7 per game) and most sacks (47). Defensive lineman Keron Williams had a league-leading 12 sacks, one more than Calgary standout Charleston Hughes.
Lions' linebacker Adam Bighill recorded nine sacks and finished second overall in tackles with 104.
What makes attacking B.C.'s defence difficult is trying to find a weak spot. The Lions gave up the fewest passing and rushing yards this season and were second only to Toronto in lowest percentage of passes completed against.
They also surrendered the fewest TDs, either rushing or passing, and boast a secondary with more than 40 years of CFL experience.
And then there's trying to win at B.C. Place, where the Lions were 8-1, although Calgary finished tied with B.C. and Toronto for the CFL's top road record at 5-4.
Calgary had the CFL's second-ranked ground game, averaging 116 yards. Running back Jon Cornish ran for a league-best 1,757 yards and averaged a solid 5.6 yards per carry while scoring 11 TDs.
Cornish, a native of New Westminster, B.C., is a finalist for the CFL's outstanding player and top Canadian awards.
But the Lions held Cornish to minus-1 yards rushing on six carries in a 34-8 win over Calgary in July. Cornish has run for 147 yards on 25 carries combined over the final two regular-season meetings with B.C.
Cornish amassed 1,258 yards over Calgary's final 13 regular-season games (averaging 6.1 yards per carry) en route to breaking Norm Kwong's record for most rushing yards in a season by a Canadian (1,437 yards).
B.C. won the season series 2-1. Calgary's lone win was a 41-21 decision on Oct. 26 after both teams had clinched their respective playoff berths.
Lions quarterback Travis Lulay was solid in the first two regular-season meetings, finishing a combined 53-of-70 passing for 583 yards and five TDs. But he missed the finale due to a shoulder injury.
Glenn appeared in all three meetings against B.C., finishing 47-of-78 passing for 660 yards with three TDs and two interceptions.
Prediction — B.C. by four points.
East Division Final
Toronto at Montreal
Again the road to the Grey Cup in the East Division goes through Montreal, which is hosting the conference final for the fourth time in five years. And the Alouettes will try for their ninth appearance in the CFL title game since 2000.
Montreal won the season series 2-1, capturing the deciding game 24-12 at Rogers Centre last month. But Argos starter Ricky Ray was injured early in the second meeting and missed the final contest against the Alouettes.
Toronto won the only game Ray completed against Montreal, a 23-20 decision at Molson Stadium on July 27. Ray was 20-of-30 passing that day for 280 yards and two TDs, both going to Chad Owens, who finished as the CFL's top receiver this year with 94 catches for 1,328 yards.
Owens presents a double-threat. He also led the CFL in total return yards (2,510) and accumulated a league-record 3,863 all-purpose yards in being named the East Division's outstanding player award nominee. It was Owens' 59-yard punt return TD that highlighted Toronto's record 31-point outburst in the second quarter of its 42-26 semifinal win over Edmonton last weekend.
Montreal counters offensively with quarterback Anthony Calvillo and receivers Jamel Richardson and S.J. Green. Calvillo, pro football's all-time passing leader, was the CFL's second-ranked passer with 5,082 yards while both Richardson and Green surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau this season.
Calvillo was 56-of-102 passing for 887 yards against Toronto with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Alouettes will have home-field advantage at Olympic Stadium, with Toronto piping in crowd noise into Rogers Centre this week to simulate the expected hostile environment. But this contest could come down to defence.
Toronto boasts the CFL's third-ranked pass defence, but all-star cornerback Pat Watkins is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury. If he can't go, rookie Jalil Carter, who started four games earlier this season, will play.
Montreal's defence has struggled with inconsistency this season and safety Kyries Hebert (ankle) will be a game-time decision.
Ray has impressed since returning from the knee injury he suffered against Montreal. He has 10 TD passes against just one interception in his three starts and against Edmonton benefited from an Argos defence that forced two turnovers which set up 14 points.
It's what Toronto must do Sunday to gain the upper hand on Montreal and lessen the crowd's impact on the game.
Prediction — Toronto by three points.Suggest a correction