CFL Betting Notes - Week 10
August 27, 2013
By David Schwab
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Labor Day Weekend has traditionally marked the halfway point of the CFL season with teams playing their ninth of an 18-game schedule. Last week's action started off Montreal pulling-off a dramatic 39-38 victory over British Columbia as a seven-point home underdog on Thursday night. Calgary then rolled over Toronto 35-14 on Friday night as a three-point road underdog to help tighten things up in the East Division race.
The opening game of a Saturday double-header saw Hamilton rout Winnipeg 37-14 as a 10-point favorite at home. Later in the day, Saskatchewan maintained its lead in the West Division with a thrilling 30-27 victory over Edmonton but it failed to cover as a 3 ½-point road favorite.
The following is a brief betting preview for this week's CFL schedule with the opening pointspread and 'over/under' lines provided by TopBet.
Friday, Aug. 30
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. British Columbia Lions
Pointspread: BC -5
Hamilton has moved to within one game of Toronto for the lead in the East Division with a three-game winning streak both straight-up and against the spread. The Tiger-Cats are now 4-4 SU (3-5 ATS) on the year and the total has gone OVER in three of four games on the road. They are averaging 25.4 points a game this season, but have passed the 30-point mark in three wins.
The Lions are still licking their wounds from last Thursday's one-point loss to Montreal after taking a 21-7 lead into halftime. They are now two games in back of Saskatchewan in the West Division at 5-3 SU (4-4 ATS). The total has stayed UNDER in three of four home games this year.
This will be the first meeting between the two this season, but BC has a 16-6 SU edge in the last 22 meetings. Hamilton has lost 12 of its last 16 road games against the Lions SU, but BC is just 1-6 ATS in the last seven home games in this series. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five games played at BC Place.
Sunday, Sept. 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Pointspread: Saskatchewan -14
The Blue Bombers' season has gone from bad to worse with six-straight losses that has them buried in the East at 1-7 SU. They have covered the spread in three of the eight games and the total has stayed UNDER in four road games this year. Winnipeg is ranked last in the CFL in scoring with an average of 20.9 points a game.
Saskatchewan has the best record in the league at 7-1 SU and it has covered in five of eight games this year. The total has gone OVER in five of those games. The Roughriders continue to be the highest scoring team in the CFL with an average of 33 points a game, while their defense remains the stingiest; allowing an average of just 22.1 points a game.
Winnipeg is just 1-9 SU in the last 10 meetings and 3-7 ATS. The total has gone OVER in the last three meetings after staying UNDER in the previous three dating back to the 2010 season. The Blue Bombers are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Saskatchewan and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six meetings there.
Monday, Sept. 2
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Calgary Stampeders
Pointspread: Calgary -7 ½
Edmonton's six-game losing streak has it bringing up the rear in the West Division at 1-7 SU, but it has covered in its last two contests to improve to 3-5 ATS. The total has gone OVER in six of its first eight games. The Eskimos have remained fairly competitive with a scoring margin of just 5.9 points between themselves and their opponents.
Calgary's current injury report is up to 17 different players, but it continues to find ways to win games. The Stampeders have won five of their last six outings both SU and ATS to stay just one game back in the West Division race at 6-2 SU. The total has gone OVER in five of the eight games overall and in all three of their home games this year.
The Eskimos are 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS in their last six games against Calgary. They have lost seven of the last nine road games SU against the Stampeders and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings between the two.
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts
It has been a rough start for last year's East Division champs, but last Thursday's come from behind win over BC could be a big step in the right direction. At 3-5 SU (4-4 ATS), the Alouettes are just two games in back of Toronto in the division, but they have already lost to the Argonauts 38-13 as two-point home underdogs in Week 7.
Toronto dropped to 5-3 SU (4-4) after last week's loss to Calgary, but it remains a perfect 3-0 SU in the division. The total has gone OVER in five of eight games overall and in four of five games played at home. The Alouettes are the highest scoring team in the East with an average of 30.5 points a game.
This series has remained tight in recent memory with Montreal holding a slight 6-4 SU edge in the last 10 games. The games have been evenly split ATS at 5-5 and the total has stayed UNDER in the last six meetings. The total stayed UNDER the 53-point line in the first meeting this year.