The red-hot Blue and Gold, the top team in the CFL, expect to play in a loud, sold out stadium Thursday night.

The 5-1 Blue Bombers take on their arch rival and defending Grey Cup champs, the 3-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders, at Investors Group Stadium.

The game will mark the first time Bombers' QB Drew Willy squares off against his former team. He was traded by Saskatchewan in the off-season and has quickly become a star in Winnipeg.

Drew Willy

Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Drew Willy celebrates against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 31. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Willy said he’s trying to stay focused on getting a sixth win beneath his belt and is less concerned about the rivalry.

"I just want to keep winning games, so I think my family and friends will have a better time with it than I do,obviously," said the Bombers’ QB.

Scott Knight, a season ticket holder, said he was pumped for the big game Thursday night.

"I think we're going to win tonight,” said Knight. “It's going to be a close game."

Riders Rivalry 

Saskatchewan has won 10 of the past 12 games between the teams. 

Bombers fans like Knight didn't have much to brag about in 2013, but the blue and gold have become the CFL's biggest surprise this year after winning just three games all of last season.

The team is best in the west with only one loss in their last six games, including a last-second road win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week.

Even though the team is enjoying one of its best starts in years, head coach Mike O'Shea isn't buying into the hype of Thursday's game.

"It's week seven, it’s a game we gotta’ win,” said O’Shea. “From what I've been told and what I've watched over the years it's a big rivalry game, but [a] measuring stick, I've never looked at it that way."

Both clubs are on two-game winning streaks and Willy is coming off his second CFL offensive player-of-the-week honour.

A win Thursday night would bring the Bombers season record to 6-1, doubling their win total from last season.