Austin will lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats into Mosaic Stadium on Sunday, his first visit to Regina since leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the 2007 Grey Cup.
Austin's squad will look to derail the CFL's lone unbeaten team. A league-best ground game, led by rushing leader Kory Sheets, has anchored an impressive start by the Riders (3-0).
Saskatchewan is averaging 173 yards rushing per game, with Sheets having run for 442 yards including a career-best 178 in last week's 39-28 road win over Toronto. Hamilton has struggled against the run, allowing 147.3 yards per game and an eye-popping 8.8 yards per attempt.
Opposing offences are scoring an average of 29.7 points per game against Hamilton (1-2) but Saskatchewan's unit is at a league-best 38-point clip.
It's unclear if Riders starter Darian Durant will play. He suffered a foot injury against Toronto and sophomore backup Drew Willy has practised this week with the starting offence.
If Willy plays, he should have the benefit of veteran slotback Geroy Simon, who is expected to make his Saskatchewan debut.
If there's a concern for the Riders, it's their pass defence. Saskatchewan is allowing a league-high 347 passing yards and faces the CFL's top passer in Hamilton's Henry Burris.
But the real key for Saskatchewan is its solid offensive line, which not only gives Sheets many running lanes but has allowed a league-low four sacks. Hamilton's defence is last in the CFL in rushing touchdowns allowed (six) and TDs (12).
Pick - Saskatchewan.
Toronto Argonauts (1-2) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-2) on Friday night.
An interesting showdown between the CFL's top passing offence (Toronto) and a Bombers' defence with a league-high 18 sacks.
Argos starter Ricky Ray is second overall in passing with 917 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. Toronto boasts the league's top aerial attack with 1,024 yards and features two of the CFL's top receivers in Chad Owens and Andre Durie.
Winnipeg's defensive front has made life miserable for rival quarterbacks, with Alex Hall having a league-high five sacks. The Bombers have allowed a CFL-low one rushing TD and just five touchdowns overall.
Production from Winnipeg's offence would help, especially against a Toronto defence allowing 32 points and 162 yards rushing per game, both league highs.
Pick - Winnipeg.
Montreal Alouettes (1-2) at Calgary Stampeders (2-1) on Saturday night.
Another back-to-back for Montreal, which opened the season splitting two games against Winnipeg before dropping a 22-14 home loss to Calgary last week.
It's been a dismal start offensively for Montreal, which is ranked last in total offensive yards (227 per game) and second-last in passing (196.7 yards). Quarterback Anthony Calvillo, pro football's all-time passing leader, has completed just 58.6 per cent of his attempts in rookie head coach Dan Hawkins' offence while throwing more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three).
Montreal has surrendered 13 sacks and is minus veteran offensive lineman Scott Flory (biceps) for the rest of the year.
With Calgary starter Drew Tate (forearm) ailing, veteran Kevin Glenn threw for 268 yards last week, including an outstanding one-handed 42-yard completion to former quarterback Brad Sinopoli. Running back Jon Cornish added 90 yards rushing to give him 304 this season, second only to Sheets.
Pick - Calgary.
Edmonton Eskimos (1-2) at B.C. Lions (2-1) on Saturday night.
Weather won't be a factor after B.C. defeated Edmonton 17-3 last week in the rain at Commonwealth Stadium. Maybe that'll help the Eskimos' offence register more than 97 yards passing and 145 net yards versus the Lions.
Not that B.C. was much better but it cemented the win with consecutive TD marches to open the second half and erase Edmonton's 3-1 half-time advantage. The Eskimos were again their own worst enemy with 11 penalties for 103 yards — compared to five for the Lions — to boost their league-high total to 41 this season.
Afterwards, a shaking Eskimos coach Kavis Reed went off on his team for its repeated lack of discipline as Edmonton lost for the seventh time in nine home games against B.C.
Eliminating penalties would help, but so to would more offensive production. Edmonton is last in scoring (17 points per game) and passing (187 yards) and second-last in total yards (281).
Facing the CFL's top-ranked defence again doesn't make that any easier, though.
Pick - B.C.