It’s a thrilling and eventful time to be a sports fan located in Ontario.
There are tons of regulated sports betting options and an innumerable amount of markets to choose from across a wide range of sports, including the Canadian Football League.
The 2022 CFL season is quickly approaching and with a multitude of Ontario sportsbooks to choose from, there’s no better time to start looking ahead and comparing Grey Cup betting odds to get the best price possible. Below, we’ll lay the odds for all nine teams and detail a couple of storylines to keep in mind as you make your decision.
2022 CFL futures betting: 109th Grey Cup odds for every team
The return of pro football after a long offseason is always a cause for celebration but even more so this year, as the CFL returns to a full 20-week season for the first time since 2019. Couple that with this with bettors finally having access to a huge variety of regulated betting platforms in Ontario, and the anticipation for the upcoming season is through the roof.
But not all of the most popular betting options will be on a game-to-game or week-to-week basis, as futures are quite popular across many different sports. It’s no different in the CFL, where picking the 109th Grey Cup winner ahead of time could lead to enhanced payouts compared to a standard single-game bet.
Comparing lines from multiple sportsbooks in Canada, check out Grey Cup betting odds for every team in the league:
Winnipeg favored to three-peat as Grey Cup champs
The first thing you notice when you look at the odds is that the defending champion Blue Bombers () are once again at the top of the board.
The Blue Bombers have a good thing going under head coach Mike O’Shea and quarterback Zach Collaros. Oddsmakers predict they’ll continue hitting on all cylinders in 2022, all the way to a third straight Grey Cup title.
The loss of franchise legend Andrew Harris to the Argonauts in free agency – more on that shortly – certainly is noteworthy, but perhaps conquerable for the Bombers. Harris played in just seven games during last year’s title-winning season due to injury and Winnipeg still hoisted the trophy by the time we get to late November.
Additionally, Winnipeg made a significant addition to its air attack this offseason in Greg Ellingson, who could be in for a resurgence after posting four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2016 to 2019.
Toronto or Hamilton to come out of the East?
The Argos put together an impressive 9-5 mark in the 2021 regular season to finish in first place in the East, but ultimately, the 8-6 Tiger-Cats wound up with the division title after topping Toronto in the playoffs. But is this the year for Toronto () to take back the division and win the Grey Cup?
Not only have the Argos added Harris this offseason, but they also brought aboard the game-breaking Brandon Banks to augment an already impressive group of pass-catchers. However, oddsmakers remain split on the division favorite going into ’22, even as Toronto appears to have had the more impactful offseason thus far.
The division could well come down to these two squads again, and which quarterback is the most effective between Toronto’s McLeod Bethel-Thompson or Hamilton’s Dane Evans could well go a long way to determining which club comes out on top.
In the event the Argos do come out on top from the East, you’d love to be holding this ticket going into a potential Grey Cup final with Winnipeg, and especially against any team that isn’t the Blue Bombers.
109th Grey Cup dark horse picks
Even though Winnipeg is the clear-cut favorite, there are still some other clubs to keep an eye on based on the value of the odds.
The Stampeders () are an intriguing value play at their current price. Calgary boasts a Grey Cup-winning quarterback in Bo Levi Mitchell, a versatile back in Ka’Deem Carey, and a capable pass-catching corps that includes veterans Reggie Begelton, Kamar Jorden, and the newly acquired Jordan Williams-Lambert.
Calgary posted a solid 8-6 mark in 2021, and its underrated defense allowed just 18.8 points per game. The Stampeders are coming off a three-point loss in the West Division final against the Riders and could be the biggest threat to Winnipeg, which it went 1-1 against in a pair of games decided by two points or fewer last year.
Stay tuned for more CFL odds, analysis, and picks throughout the 2022 season at 3DownNation!