2010 Canadian Football League (CFL) Betting Preview

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We’re days from the sights, sounds and hits of professional football.

We’re not talking about football from the league with training camp holdouts and off-field altercations either, we’re talking about the Canadian Football League.

What makes the CFL worth your weekly wager?

The CFL has everything the NFL’s got: betting against the spread and total; favorites and underdogs, and a heated matchups every week.

And it has a little more. The CFL boasts a bigger ball, bigger field, bigger end zone and bigger scores, making it a great sport to bet on if you like your totals at around 50 points and up.

Next Thursday’s CFL double header has cooked up a 2009 Grey Cup rematch for Game 1. The Saskatchewan Roughriders play host to the reigning Montreal Alouettes at 7 p.m. ET. The Roughriders are looking to avenge an embarrassing loss to the Alouettes in the final seconds, grabbing a penalty that gave Montreal another shot at a game-winning field goal.

Question remains whether the ‘Riders can build on their quick rise in 2009. Saskatchewan exploded behind quarterback Darian Durant and a deep receiving core. However in the offseason they were hit the hardest by players bolting for the NFL. They are listed at +200 to win the West Division. Meanwhile, nobody knows how much QB Anthony Calvillo and the Alouettes have left in the tank with them aging at seemingly every position. That being said, Montreal is a -170 favorite to win the East Division.

In Thursday’s second game, at 10 p.m. ET, the Toronto Argonauts play the Calgary Stampeders. The Stamps are expected to be contenders again behind QB Henry Burris, they are listed as +170 favorites to win the West. The Argos however, are in full rebuilding mold. With a new head coach and a handful of new QBs it will be interesting to see how they perform Thursday night.

Football betting season has officially arrived. Bet on all the CFL games this season starting with Week 1 on Thursday, July 1.

Watch and wager on all the CFL in the Bodog Sportsbook!


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