Free CFL Picks: Calgary vs. Toronto Week 9 Preview

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Monday, August 19, 2013 8:43 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 8:43 PM UTC

The Calgary Stampeders will look to keep pace in the highly competitive West Division race with a victory on the road over the East’s first-place Toronto Argonauts.

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Calgary Overview

The Stampeders are coming off a tough 26-22 loss to British Columbia as 3.5-point road underdogs this past Saturday, but they are still tied with the Lions for second place in the West Division at 5-2 straight-up. They are also 5-2 against the spread this season with a 2-2 ATS record on the road. The total has gone ‘Over’ in five of their first seven games behind an offense that is averaging 32.3 points a game.

A big reason for Calgary’s success this season falls on the offensive side of the ball with the third-highest scoring unit in the CFL. Kevin Glenn did not have his best day throwing the ball against BC with 199 yards and one touchdown on 22 completions, but he has done a good job overall with a completion percentage of 68.0. The big plus has been the running of Jon Cornish, who is second in the CFL for 749 yards this season.

Toronto Overview

Toronto’s defense of its 2012 Grey Cup title, which came at the hands of Calgary with a 35-22 victory in the championship game as a two-point underdog, did not get off to the best of starts. After going 1-2 both SU and ATS out of the gate, the Argonauts are back in championship form with four SU wins and a 3-1 record ATS in their last four games. They lead Hamilton by two games in the East at 5-2 SU (4-3 ATS). The total has gone ‘Over’ in all four of their home games so far.

This is another team that knows how to put points on the board. It is ranked second in the league in scoring with an average of 32.9 points a game. Ricky Ray has already thrown for 1,768 yards and 14 touchdowns while completing an amazing 78.1 percent of his passes. Toronto also boasts the second-leading receiver in the CFL in Chad Owens. He has caught 52 passes for 572 yards and two scores.

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Calgary vs. Toronto Betting Lines and Trends

Opening CFL odds for this matchup has Toronto listed as a three-point home favorite with the total line set at 58.

The Stampeders are 2-2 ATS in their last four road games and 4-1 SU in their last five games overall. The total has gone ‘Over’ in six of their last eight games on the road.

The Argonauts are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games and 6-1 SU in their last seven games at home. The total has gone ‘Over’ in their last five home games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, Calgary is 0-5 both SU and ATS in the last five meetings and the total has gone ‘Over’ in four of those five games. The total has also gone ‘Over’ in six of the last seven meetings in Toronto.


Calgary vs. Toronto Free CFL Pick

Sparks should fly when these two teams clash this Friday night in what could be the best matchup of the season in the CFL so far. Both teams know how to move the ball and put points on the board and while the edge when playing a side would probably go to Toronto, the free CFL pick in this showdown is the ‘Over’ on the total line.

CFL Pick: Bet the Calgary/Toronto game to go OVER 58 points.

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