CFL Betting Notes - Week 13
September 16, 2013
By David Schwab
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It is only Week 13 of the CFL regular season and we pretty much already know the six teams that will be competing for this year's Grey Cup title. Calgary moved to the top of the West Division with a 26-22 victory over Hamilton this past Friday, but it could not cover as a six-point favorite at home. The two teams that are on the outside looking in saw Edmonton snap an eight-game losing streak with a 25-7 victory over Winnipeg as a 4 ½-point home favorite in the first half of a home-and-home series this past Saturday.
Toronto firmed-up its grip on the East Division lead with Saturday night's stunning 31-29 victory over Saskatchewan as an eight-point road underdog and this past Sunday, British Columbia kept pace in the West title race with a 36-14 rout of Montreal as a nine-point favorite at home.
The following is a brief betting preview for Week 13 in the CFL with the opening pointspread and 'over/under' lines provided by TopBet.
Friday, Sept. 20
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Pointspread: Edmonton -2 ½
The 2-9 Eskimos will now have to go on the road to try and complete the sweep where they are 1-4 straight-up on the year but 3-2 against the spread. The total has gone OVER in seven of its 11 games overall and in four of their five road games. Edmonton is tied for sixth in the CFL in scoring with an average of 23.5 points a game.
The Blue Bombers are also 2-9 SU after last Saturday's loss and 4-7 ATS. They are 1-4 SU at home this season while failing to cover in four of the five games. The total has gone OVER in four of five at home. Winnipeg is now the lowest scoring team in the league with an average of 20.4 points a game.
Edmonton's win raised its record in this series to 4-2 SU in the last six meetings, but it is still just 3-6 ATS in the last nine games. The Blue Bombers have dominated this series at home in recent years with a 5-1 record both SU and ATS in the last six games played at Investors Group Field. The total has stayed UNDER in 11 of the last 15 game between the two in Winnipeg.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Montreal Alouettes vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Pointspread: Hamilton -8
Total: 53 ½
It is a bit too early to call this game a must-win for Montreal, but a loss on Saturday would cut its lead for the final playoff spot to one game. This past Sunday's loss dropped the Alouettes to 4-7 SU this season and 2-4 SU in their last six games. They are 5-6 ATS and the total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games.
The Tiger-Cats trail Toronto by two games in the East at 5-6 SU and they are 6-5 ATS. They are 3-2 SU at home this season and 2-3 ATS with the total staying UNDER in four of the five games. Hamilton is 4-2 SU in its last six games with a perfect 6-0 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of those contests behind an offense that has scored 30 or more points four times during that stretch.
Hamilton holds a 6-3 SU edge in the last nine meetings including a perfect 5-0 SU record in the last five games at home. The total has gone over in four of the last five meetings in Hamilton. The Tiger-Cats outscored Montreal 80-52 in two home games last season with the total going way OVER in both.
Toronto Argonauts vs. Calgary Stampeders
Pointspread: Calgary -7 ½
Total: 54 ½
Toronto's huge win over Saskatchewan in Week 12 raised its record to 7-4 SU and 6-5ATS. It is 4-1 SU and ATS on the road this season and the total has gone OVER in three of the five games. Over the past two weeks, quarterback Zach Collaros has thrown for 561 yards and three touchdowns in relief of an injured Ricky Ray.
The Stampeders have run roughshod over the league the past few weeks with a four-game winning streak that has them atop the West at 9-2 SU on the year. They are 2-2 ATS during this run and 7-4 ATS overall. The total has gone OVER in four of five games at home. Calgary is the second-highest scoring team in the CFL with an average of 31.5 points a game.
The Argonauts are 2-5 both SU and ATS in their last five road games against the Stampeders. The total has gone OVER in three of the last five meetings overall. Calgary drew first blood in this season's series with a 35-14 victory on Aug. 23 as a four-point road underdog. The total stayed UNDER the 57-point closing line in that game.
Sunday, Sept. 22
British Columbia Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Pointspread: Saskatchewan OFF
BC comes into this crucial West Division showdown with a 5-2 SU (4-3 ATS) record in its last six games that has it two games out of the lead at 7-4 SU (5-6 ATS). The Lions are just 1-4 SU and ATS on the road this season with the total going OVER in four of the five games. Travis Lulay is ranked second in the league in total passing yards with 2,787 yards and tied for second in touchdown throws with 19, but listed as questionable for Sunday's game after hurting his shoulder last week.
Saskatchewan has now lost its last two games both SU and ATS after streaking out to an 8-1 SU start. It is 6-5 ATS on the year and the total has gone OVER in seven of the 11 games. The Roughriders remain the highest scoring team in the CFL with an average of 32.2 points a game and their defense has given-up the fewest points (258).
The Lions have won five of the last seven meetings SU overall, but they are only 2-6 SU in the last nine games played in Saskatchewan. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six games between these two that were played at Taylor Field. The home team in this series was a perfect 3-0 both SU and ATS last season.