The CFL has a new front-runner to hoist the Grey Cup at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Dec. 12.
Bodog has installed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as the heavy favourite to win the 108th Grey Cup with odds of +250, which means a $100 bet would yield $250 in winnings. The team recently had odds of +300 to defend their title from 2019, showing how their surge to the top of the West Division standings has impressed oddsmakers.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders were the favourites to win the Grey Cup last month when they had a 3-0 record, but back-to-back losses against Winnipeg have lengthened their odds from +300 to +550. If you still believe in the Green and White, now is a great chance to place your bet on the Riders.
A trio of East Division teams — the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, and Toronto Argonauts — all have the same odds at +550.
Barring a strong postseason run from a crossover team or a miraculous resurgence from Ottawa, one of these teams will be in the Grey Cup, making them all decent buys. The team I’d be most tempted to take here is the Ticats, considering they were +275 to start the season.
The B.C. Lions are next on the list at +800. That number might be tempting given the team’s 3-2 record, but I see their win total as overinflated given that their victories came against the Redblacks and an ailing Bo Levi Mitchell in Week 2.
The Edmonton Elks have been moved to +1000, which is down dramatically from +1500 a month ago. This number may have been tempting a day or two ago, but I’d avoid Edmonton like the plague since the news that Trevor Harris has been added to the six-game injured list due to a neck injury.
The Calgary Stampeders saw their odds lengthen from +900 to +1200, which makes them a good buy. Mitchell is back under centre and Kamar Jorden had his much-anticipated breakout game. If Stefen Banks and Shawn Lemon can keep getting home for sacks, I could see the Stamps making a late surge.
Finally, we’ve got the Ottawa Redblacks at +4000, which is up from +1000 just one month ago. Dominique Davis moved the ball more effectively than Matt Nichols, but it’s tough to trust a team that’s given up 96 points over their last two games. Everybody likes big payouts, but I wouldn’t advise putting money on the Redblacks even at +4000.
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