2019 season shows increasing divisional parity

Anyone who’s read my content for the past few years knows that I’m not a big fan of the CFL’s divisional structure.

There has been a lack of parity between the league’s divisions for a number years, which creates inequality come the postseason.

A West Division team has crossed over to the East Division for the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and five of the last seven.

Last year’s disparity was particularly egregious with the fifth-place Eskimos (9-9) missing the postseason while the second-place Tiger-Cats (8-10) hosted a playoff game. That hardly seems reasonable.

In the interest of fairness, however, I feel obligated to highlight that the divisions have been on relatively even footing thus far in 2019.

The East Division currently holds an 11-14 record against the West Division. Considering eastern teams only won 12 interdivisional games all of last season, they are on pace for a considerable improvement.

Bizarrely, the West Division team with the best interdivisional record is the fourth-place Eskimos (6-6) at 4-1. Saskatchewan (7-4) is next at 4-2, followed by Winnipeg (9-3) at 3-2. Calgary (7-4) and B.C. (1-10) have losing records at 2-3 and 1-3, respectively.

Hamilton (9-2) has an excellent 5-1 record against West Division opponents, balanced by a poor 1-6 record from Toronto (2-9). Montreal (6-4) is 3-2, while Ottawa (3-8) is 2-5.

15 interdivisional games remain this season, including three this week: Ottawa at B.C.; Hamilton at Calgary; and Montreal at Saskatchewan.

This leaves the East Division with an opportunity to move to an even .500 record this week with 12 interdivisional games still to follow.

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