CFL Power Rankings – Week 8

Road favorites are 7-1 against the spread this season, scoring an average of 31 points per game


 

The CFL betting schedule returns to its usual four-game slate in Week 8 and early indications in three of four matchups show the favorites getting attention. Hamilton (-3.5) will try to improve on a 7-1 SU/ATS record for road chalk while the Riders (-11.5) look to bounce back from their first loss of 2013. The second-half of Saturday’s CFL double header features the Stampeders at Lions (-3) and if BC wins there is a strong chance we will have a three-way tie atop the west.

 

It’s no surprise those three West Division powers top our Week 8 rankings.

 

*Note: Our rankings didn’t change during the bye weeks, thus “Last week” refers to our Week 5 CFL Power Ranking chart

 

1. CALGARY STAMPEDERS (Last week: 2)

The Stampeders take over top spot with their statement game against the Riders. The Stamps, with backup QB Kevin Glenn, showed they are the top dog in the CFL at the moment handing the Riders their first loss of the season.

 

2. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (Last week: 1)

The Roughriders slip to the No. 2 spot but the loss to Calgary hasn’t stopped online sportsbooks from listing them as a double-digit fave for the first time since 2010.

 

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Saskatchewan is 4-1 straight-up laying double-digits but just 1-4 ATS in that spot since 2007

 

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3. BC LIONS (Last week: 3)

The Lions keep winning games against the softer teams but still seem out of sync at times and aren’t quite in the same class as the Stamps and Riders. A tough match against the Stamps this week will demonstrate how the Lions measure up against the big boys.

 

4. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (Last week: 4)

Toronto is the only Eastern team that isn’t in shambles at the moment and Ricky Ray keeps on proving why he is a future HOF CFL quarterback. Even with injuries Ray and the Argo’s keep finding ways to win games.

 

Watch for Pick Sixty CFL Play of the Week between Edmonton and Toronto this Sunday

 

5. EDMONTON ESKIMOS (Last week: 5)

The Edmonton Eskimos claim 5th place more by reason of default. First-year starter Mike Reilly is getting better each week and the Esks are putting forth a more consistent effort game in and game out.

 

Check out Greg Dempson’s page for NFL preseason picks

 

6. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (Last week: 8)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are not a good football team; they just aren’t as bad as the Als and Bombers.

 

7. MONTREAL ALOUETTES (Last week: 6)

The Montreal Alouettes stay out of the basement at least for one more week but it’s now obvious that Dan Hawkins wasn’t the only problem. In the 38-13 loss to Toronto the Als once again looked lost.

 

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Montreal is 5-1 ATS the last six times they were getting +6 points or more

 

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8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (Last week: 7)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are in shambles which led to a massive purge that started right at the top. CEO Garth Buchko and GM Joe Mack were both given their walking papers during the bye week and former Blue Bomber Wade Miller is now running the show. Miller didn’t take long to make serious changes as the Bombers will start CFL rookie QB Max Hall against the Ti-Cats. Poor Bomber fans.

 

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