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Hamilton needs to win, there’s no bones about it.

At 6-6, the Ticats have been the CFL’s perennial .500 team for the better part of three years – how many columns and stories have been written about whether Hamilton is ready to take that infamous “next step” towards truly becoming a championship-calibre team?

A win against the last-place Argos would be a great first step towards that status. Follow that up with a Week 15 win at home against Winnipeg, and people will have no choice but to take the Ticats seriously as true contenders.

Lose in Toronto this week, however, and as usual, questions will abound about Hamilton’s ability to get the job done when it counts.

Last week, the Ticats looked ready to take a huge step forward; with pivot Kevin Glenn torching the Stampeders at Touchdown Atlantic for nearly 300 yards and a trio of TD passes. There’s no doubt that Glenn will have to shoulder the load at Toronto this week and play at the very least, mistake-free football to make a statement.

The Argos, on the other hand, will be looking to play spoiler and make a statement of their own.

Being all but mathematically eliminated from post-season contention, the Argonauts have the opportunity to build towards 2012, and beating the Tiger-Cats soundly at home would be a great start.

Toronto will obviously need a better showing from quarterback Steven Jyles than last week’s performance, in which he passed for just 88 yards and one touchdown against three interceptions in a 25-24 win over the Blue Bombers.