The 2017 CFL season does not start in another five months, but in football betting terms that’s like five seconds. So let’s not waste another football line betting second and take a look at the teams that will be competing for the 105th Grey Cup.
British Columbia Lions. The Lions will look to reach the postseason for the 21st straight season and win their seventh Grey Cup. Wally Buono will continue in his dual role as head coach and general manager, which he has held for 11 and 15 years respectively. The Lions finished 2016second in the division with a 12-6 record but lost the West final to Calgary.
Calgary Stampeders. In Dave Dickenson’s second season as head coach, the Stampeders will try to make the playoffs for the 13th season in a row and win their eighth Grey Cup. Calgary finished 2016 first in the division with a 15-2-1 record but lost the Grey Cup final to Ottawa. Solid CFL line betting contenders.
Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskimo Brothers are after their 15th Grey Cup in head coach Jason Maas second year with the team. The Eskimos finished 2016 4th in the West with a 10-8 record and lost the East final – the which they accessed by some weird Canadian loophole – to the RedBlacks.
Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Riders will be playing this season in the brand new Mosaic Stadium – not to be confused with the old Mosaic Stadium – and will attempt to return to the playoffs following a two-year drought and win their fifth Grey Cup. The Riders finished 2016 5th in the West with a 5-13 record and failed to make the postseason. Not exactly football betting favorite material.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Blue Bombers will set out to win their 11th Grey Cup. The BBs finished 2016 third in the West with a 11-7 record but lost the division semi final to the BC Lions.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Tiger-Cats will be looking forward to qualify for the postseason for the fourth consecutive year and win their ninth Grey Cup. The Oncillas finished 2016 second in the division with a 7-11 record but lost the East semi final to the Eskimos.
Montreal Alouettes. The Alouettes (gentille alouettes) start their first full season under head coach Jacques Chapdelaine with the goal of returning to the playoffs after two years and win their eighth Grey Cup. The Larks finished 2016 third in the East and failed to reach the postseason.
Ottawa Redblacks. The RedBlacks will attempt to defend their championship in their own turf (the 2017 Grey Cup will be played in Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium). Ottawa finished 2016 first in the East with an 8-9-1 record and went on to beat Calgary for the Grey Cup. All of which should make them football line betting favorites to repeat.
Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts will set out on a quest for the Golden Fleece by order of King Pelias so as to place Jason on the throne of Iolcus in Thessaly. Or win their 17th Grey Cup. Whichever happens first, though as far as football betting goes, they might have better luck with the first endeavor. Toronto finished 2016 fourth in the East and failed to make the playoffs.