This week marks the start of a brand new season in the Canadian Football League. The league has expanded to nine teams with the addition of the Ottawa RedBlacks, so to get you ready for all the action here is quick look at the current futures odds to win this year’s Grey Cup as provided by Bovada.
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British Columbia Lions: 15/4
The BC Lions have been one of the most consistent franchises in the CFL in recent years starting with a Grey Cup title in 2011. They went on to win 13 games in 2012 and followed that up with an 11-7 record last year. The Lions’ season came to a screeching halt with a loss to Saskatchewan in the opening round of the 2013 playoffs. BC finished last season ranked fourth in both scoring and points allowed.
Calgary Stampeders: 4/1
The Stampeders won the West Division last year with the best record in the CFL at 14-4, but they came up short against Saskatchewan in a 35-13 loss in the West Final as five-point home favorites. Calgary led the league in scoring last season with an average of 30.5 points per game. This complemented a defense that was ranked second in average points allowed (22.9).
Saskatchewan Roughriders: 4/1
Saskatchewan used a strong 8-1 start followed by a 6-2 finish in its final eight games to win the 2013 Grey Cup title, which was its first league championship since 2007. The Roughriders had an overall record of 11-7 in the regular season to finish in third place in the West. They started their run to a title with a tight 29-25 victory over BC as 4.5-point home favorites in the opening round of the playoffs.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: 7/1
Hamilton made it all the way to the Grey Cup Championship Game last season, but it had no answer for Saskatchewan in a 45-23 loss as a seven-point underdog. This was still quite an accomplishment after missing the playoffs in 2012. The Tiger-Cats went 10-8 in the 2013 regular season to finish in second place in the East Division.
Toronto Argonauts: 15/2
The 2012 Grey Cup Champions put themselves in excellent position to successfully defend their title by winning the East with a record of 11-7. The Argonauts went into the 2013 East Division Final as five-point home favorites against Hamilton, but came up short in a 36-24 loss. Toronto led the league in passing yards and it was third in scoring with 28.2 PPG.
Montreal Alouettes: 8/1
The Montreal franchise had been the face of the CFL a few years back with Grey Cup titles in 2009 and 2010, but it has been a steady decline since then that resulted in a record of just 8-10 in 2013. This was still good enough for third-place in the East Division standings, but the Alouettes stay in the postseason was brief with a 19-16 loss to Hamilton as 3.5-point road underdogs in the opening round.
Edmonton Eskimos: 9/1
Edmonton squeezed into the playoffs as a crossover team in 2012 behind a record of 7-11 after losing its final three regular season games. Things quickly went from bad to worse in 2013 with an overall record of 4-14. The Eskimos were ranked second-to-last in the league in scoring with an average of 23.4 PPG and their defense gave-up an average of 28.8 PPG, which was also ranked seventh in the CFL.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: 12/1
The only team worse than Edmonton in both scoring points on offense and allowing points on defense was Winnipeg. The Blue Bombersonly managed just over 20 points a game, while getting torched for an average of 32.5 points on the other side of the ball. The end result was a predictable 3-15 record that was also the worst in the league. This team’s decline has been fast and deep after winning the East in 2011.
Ottawa RedBlacks: 18/1
Expectations for an expansion team are never too high, but the RedBlacks do have quarterback Henry Burris at the helm to start the year. Burris led the CFL in passing last season while playing for Hamilton with 4,925 yards while completing 65.8 percent of his throws. He racked-up 24 touchdown passes, which was tied for second in the league, but he also led the CFL in interceptions with 19.