The Roughriders will not be favored to win the division in CFL betting though as that honor goes to the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders.
CFL odds on Saskatchewan may be higher than they were a year ago. CFL odds information at the online sportsbook tells us that the Roughriders took a big hit before the 2009 CFL betting season began as right tackle Wayne Smith, one of the best linemen in the league, tore his left Achilles tendon and will miss the season. "We thought Wayne was one of the premier offensive linemen in the league,'' said Paul LaPolice, the Riders' offensive coordinator, "I feel bad for him because he came back from surgery and he worked his tail off to get himself into shape. We love him as a character guy and we know that he'll be around here. It's a loss, we'll move on and we fully expect to move on without him.'' CFL odds information shows that Saskatchewan does have some talent on the offensive line remaining though including Jeremy O'Day and Gene Makowsky.
A big key for Saskatchewan in CFL odds at the sports book will be the quarterback position. The Roughriders have four unproven quarterbacks competing for the starting job in 2009 as CFL odds stats show. Darian Durant looks to be the starter as CFL odds statistics tell us, followed by Steve Jyles, Dalton Bell and Juan Joseph. "I don't like the word proven because if I didn't prove anything, I wouldn't have made it this far," said Durant, "Proven is the wrong word inexperience might be the right one." Last year it was Michael Bishop getting much of the playing time but he was released after the Roughriders lost in CFL odds to the B.C. Lions in the playoffs. Now the job looks to be Durant’s. How well he plays could go a long way towards determining how well Saskatchewan does in CFL betting in 2009.
The Roughriders are not expected to repeat their 12 win season in 2009 as CFL odds makers indicate. Most sports book gamblers believe that Saskatchewan will fall to 10-8 or perhaps 9-9 straight up and versus the CFL odds. Saskatchewan is listed behind Calgary, British Columbia and Edmonton in future CFL odds at the online sportsbook to start the 2009 CFL betting season.
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