Saskatchewan’s Kory Sheets and BC’s Travis Lulay were the latest casualties in a CFL season that has turned into a war of attrition
Another pair of injuries to key offensive starters has shaken the CFL futures odds for Grey Cup betting and as we head into the final third of the season, here is a look back at the line moves throughout the spring and summer. These odds were tracked in our 2013 CFL season previews and taken from a few of our top online sportsbooks for CFL wagering (The Greek, Pinnacle Sports and Sports Interaction). Season Win Total odds for each team are also included and the final number for each team is the current price for winning the 101st Grey Cup Championship on Sunday, November 24 at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field in Regina.
BACK TO THE FUTURES
British Columbia Lions: +350 +300 +350 and 11.5 OV -115 – Current: +522
Edmonton Eskimos: +900 +900 +1400 and 7.5 UN -130 – Current: +4200
Calgary Stampeders: +400 +350 +400 and 11 OV -115 – Current: +221
Saskatchewan Roughriders: +750 +750 +450 and 9 OV -115 – Current: +186
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: +1000 +1000 +1500 and 6.5 OV -115 – Current: +5400
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: +700 +700 +700 and 8.5 OV -125 – Current: +900
Toronto Argonauts: +500 +500 +450 and 9 OV -115 – Current: +425
Montreal Alouettes: +450 +450 +500 and 10 UN -130 – Current: +1300
On to this week’s power rankings and as usual, there has been a disturbance in the force! Send all inquiries to CFL analyst @GregSimes on Twitter
1. CALGARY STAMPEDERS (Last week: 1)
The Stamps are beginning to separate themselves from the Riders and the rest of the teams in the league. QB BLM is 3-0 as a starter. No other team can say that about their 3rd string QB. The Stamps have serious depth and appear primed to make a late season push for the Grey Cup.
2. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (Last week: 4)
Rookie QB Zach Collaros got his mojo back last week knocking off the Riders in Saskatchewan and Toronto has established themselves as the beasts in the East. With Ray on the sidelines and other key players nursing injuries getting a ‘W’ in Saskatchewan is huge for the Boatmen’s confidence.
3. BC LIONS (Last week: 5)
Beating out the Riders for 3rd spot, the Lions did what everyone expected them to do last week; they won at home. With Travis Lulay expected to miss the next few games due to injury the Lions will face some big tests in the coming weeks. A win in Saskatchewan against the Riders who are free falling at the moment would do wonders for the Lions confidence and ours.
4. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (Last week: 2)
The Riders are on the edge of a very steep cliff this week as they have been surrounded by off-field distractions and have dropped two-straight games. An injury to league-leading rusher Kory Sheets only compounds the problem. The Riders depth will be tested this week.
5. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (Last week: 3)
Hamilton still hasn’t proven that they can compete with the big boy’s week in and week out. Their record is propped up by victories over the weaker Eastern opponents and “Bad Hank” still makes appearances at inopportune times.
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6. EDMONTON ESKIMOS (Last week: 8)
A win over the Bombers is still a win so we won’t hold it against them. First year pivot Mike Reilly is the real deal but the talent surrounding him isn’t good enough, plain and simple. The Esks could make some noise down the stretch if they can build off last week’s win with another victory in Winnipeg.
7. MONTREAL ALOUETTES (Last week: 6)
The QB situation is a work in progress for the Als and an injury to Tanner Marsh doesn’t help things. With AC still on the shelf things aren’t going to get any easier for Montreal going forward.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (Last week: 7)
The Bombers are back to the basement and Max Hall gets the start at QB this week. The QB carousel continues in Winnipeg and so will the losses. If the Bombers can’t beat Edmonton at home this week they can kiss their season goodbye.