2013 CFL Season Betting Futures and Preview

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The 2013 Canadian Football League (CFL) begins its regular season on June 12th. The following article previews each team's betting value in their quest for the 2013 Grey Cup, as well as features a grid of the most competitive currently available CFL Betting Futures odds broken down by sportsbook.

East Division

Montreal Alouettes: The Alouettes won the East Division last season with a straight-up record of 11-7 but they proved to be costly to wager on with an overall record of 8-10 against the spread while going both 4-5 ATS at home and on the road. The total stayed UNDER in five of their nine home games and it went OVER in six of their nine games on the road. The big question for Montreal this season as far as its chance to reclaim the Grey Cup is how much does long-time veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo still have left in the tank at age 40. The Alouettes will have a new face at head coach with Dan Hawkins taking over for Marc Trestman, who is now the coach of the Chicago Bears.

Toronto Argonauts: The defending Grey Cup champs saved their best for last after going an even 9-9 SU and ATS in the regular season. The Argonauts only covered the spread in three home games last season but they did go 6-3 ATS on the road. The total stayed UNDER in five of nine games both at home and on the road. Toronto knows it will not sneak-up on anyone this season after last year’s stunning run to the Grey Cup so it will be up to Ricky Ray’s ability to stay healthy as the team’s only viable starting quarterback on the roster.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Winnipeg failed to qualify for the playoffs last season with a SU record of 6-12, but it was slightly better ATS at 9-9. The Blue Bombers remained a solid play at home with a 6-3 record ATS but they only covered in three of nine games on the road. The total stayed UNDER in 10 of their 18 games overall. This team’s fortunes in 2013 are also tied to the health of its quarterback. Buck Pierce is one of the best in the league but also one of the most injury-prone players at his position. The Bombers also have to tighten things up on defense that allowed an average of 29.5 points a game last season.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: The Tiger-Cats also went 6-10 SU last season to finish last in the East Division and out of the postseason. They went 9-9 ATS with a 4-5 record ATS at home. They were very profitable on the total line if wagering on the OVER as 13 of their 18 games exceeded the closing line. The main reason that the total did go over so often was a dreadful defense that was torched for an average 32 points a game. That performance led to a change at the top for Hamilton with Kent Austin taking over the reins as head coach.

Team Bet365 5Dimes Bovada BetOnline
BC Lions +330 +350 +350 +350
CAL Stampeders +400 +400 +400 +400
TOR Argonauts +400 +500 +450 +450
MON Alouettes +500 +525 +550 +450
SAS Roughriders +500 +900 +650 +600
HAM Tiger-Cats +700 +1000 +700 +700
EDM Eskimos +1100 +1000 +900 +800
WIN Bluebombers +1700 +1700 +1000 +1000

West Division

British Columbia Lions: The Lions were clearly the best team in the CFL last year during the regular season at 13-5 SU but they could not successfully defend their 2011 Grey Cup title in the playoffs. BC went 9-9 ATS with a profitable 6-3 ATS record at home but a costly 3-6 record ATS on the road. The total stayed UNDER in 12 of 18 games including seven of their nine road games. Travis Lulay is penciled-in as the Lions starter at quarterback but the offseason addition of Chris Hart, who last played for the Tampa Storm in the Arena League, could be an interesting alternative if necessary. BC is one of the top favorites to reclaim the Cup behind the No.1 ranked defense in the CFL in points allowed (19.7).

Calgary Stampeders: Calgary is coming off a 12-6 SU record in 2012 and a tough 35-22 loss to Toronto in the Grey Cup Championship as a 1.5-point favorite. The Stampeders went 10-8 ATS with a solid 6-3 ATS road record. The total went OVER in five of nine games both at home and on the road. Drew Tate had his share of injuries last season but is now healthy and ready to roll as the Stamps starting quarterback with Kevin Glenn waiting in the wings. He will have to deal with a number of new faces in the receiving corps with three starters gone from last year. Keep an eye on Anthony Parker as Tate’s possible go-to guy this season.

Saskatchewan Roughriders: The Roughriders finished the regular season with a losing record at 8-10 both SU and ATS, but that was still good enough to earn a spot in the playoffs where they covered as six-point underdogs in a 36-30 loss to Calgary. The total went an even 9-9 in 18 regular season games. Defense remains the strong suit of this team after it allowed the second fewest points in the league last year. Darian Durant remains the starting quarterback for Saskatchewan but his inconsistency at times proved to be this team’s biggest liability. 

Edmonton Eskimos: The Eskimos only won seven games last season but they remained profitable at 10-8 ATS especially at home with a 6-3 mark ATS. The total went OVER in 10 of 18 games overall and in six of their nine of their games at home. The battle at quarterback pits backup Matt Nichols against newcomer Mike Reilly now that last season’s starter Steven Jyles is out of the picture. Head coach Kavis Reed has yet to tip his hand as to which player currently has the edge but whichever player gets the nod they will get a huge boost from the return of wide receiver Adarius Bowman after missing most of last season with a knee injury.

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