The team fell to third place in the West Division last season at 11-7 as CFL odds statistics indicate. CFL betting stats tell us that it was the first time in five seasons that B.C. didn’t finish in first place.
CFL odds at the sportsbook on British Columbia give them a chance to finish first in 2009 although Calgary is still the favorite. "I'll say it publicly — we're no longer on top of the mountain," Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono said, "We've been knocked off there last year." Buono does not believe that his team slipped though. "Other teams — and I will say it in a nice way — got to our level," he said. "No longer are we maybe a better football club than the other teams. B.C., Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatchewan, in this division, are pretty much all on an equal footing [and] that, in its own way, is good. It's going to make you want to re-establish yourself and you won't take things for granted."
CFL odds information shows that things are different in British Columbia this year. CFL odds stats tell us that the Lions lose Cam Wake, the CFL's top defensive player last year as well as running back Stefan Logon, offensive lineman Rob Murphy, slotback Jason Clermont, linebacker Otis Floyd, defensive tackle Tyrone Williams, offensive guard Kelly Bates and slotback Bret Anderson. The team still has a lot of talent though and Buck Pierce returns as quarterback with Jarious Jackson his backup as CFL odds info shows. The receiving corps still has Geroy Simon and Paris Jackson, who both had over 1,000 yards last year as CFL odds stats show.
CFL odds information tells us that the defensive looks solid with Brent Johnson and Aaron Hunt upfront, while the secondary has Barron Miles, Dante Marsh and Korey Banks. "There is still a very strong nucleus," said Buono.
The CFL odds makers also believe the Lions will be good. B.C. is the 4-1 second choice in CFL betting at the sports book behind Calgary to win this year’s Grey Cup. British Columbia will get a lot of respect in CFL odds at the sports book on a weekly basis simply because of their past success. The Lions did lose a lot of talent though so bouncing back in 2009 versus the CFL odds may not be easy. B.C. was 11-7 straight up last season and 8-9-1 versus the CFL betting odds. British Columbia will definitely be a team to watch in CFL betting in 2009.
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