Roughriders vs Tiger-Cats Preview and Free Pick [6/16/2024]

Saskatchewan (1-0) at Hamilton (0-1)
When: Sunday, June 16th 2024
Where: Tim Hortons Field,
Hamilton, Ontario

Time: 7:00 ET | TV: CBS Sports
Opening Odds: Hamilton -1/47

Week 2 of the CFL season concludes on Sunday night, as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Tim Hortons Field. The Ticats are seeking their first win of the young season after falling 32-24 at the Calgary Stampeders last week as a 1-point underdog. Meanwhile, the Roughriders were 1-point favorites in their season opener at the Edmonton Elks and rallied for a 29-21 victory. The Tiger-Cats opened as a 1-point favorite but the betting public has pushed the Riders to a 1.5-point favorite as of Saturday afternoon.

Saskatchewan and Hamilton played just once last year. It was a late regular season match in October when the Tiger-Cats routed the Roughriders in Regina 38-13. It was Hamilton’s second consecutive victory in the series after the Roughriders took six of the previous eight. Saskatchewan is 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings, while the Under is 8-2 in that span.


It wasn’t looking good for Saskatchewan last week against an improved Edmonton team. The Roughriders trailed 18-8 entering the final quarter before exploding 21-3 the rest of the way. Quarterback Trevor Harris threw a couple of interceptions but made up for it with three touchdowns and 305 yards through the air. Shawn Bane was his favorite target, catching five passes for 125 yards and all three of Harris’ scoring strikes. Running back A.J. Ouellette had just 40 yards on 18 carries but scored late to seal the game.


It was a very strange game last week for the Tiger-Cats, who couldn’t get much going offensively. The game featured nine field goals as each team’s drives came up short all night long. The Ticats had more yards (459 to 363), more plays (57 to 48), more first downs (28 to 20) and played a totally clean game (zero penalties). Bo Levi Mitchell finished the night with 300 passing yards and a touchdown. Running back James Butler picked up where he left off in 2023 with 119 yards on 13 carries.

Saskatchewan is a team I’m high on this year and I’ll back them here in Week 2. They showed some grit last week in rallying in the fourth quarter after a rough start. Saskatchewan has covered eight of the last 10 meetings and should be able to pick up their second consecutive road victory.

Pick: Roughriders -1.5