The CFL season is down to its final game of the season, the Grey Cup. Two teams will contest the league’s version of the Super Bowl, as the Toronto Argonauts will play the Calgary Stampeders.
Calgary finished the CFL season with the best record in the league. The team went 13-4, but lost its final three games of the regular season. Meanwhile, the Argonauts were just .500. It was still good enough to top the Eastern Conference, however.
Calgary comes into Sunday’s game as the massive favorite. Calgary is -310 to win the 150th edition of the Grey Cup. The bad news for Calgary is the underdog typically does very well in the Grey Cup game. So, the Stampeders need to watch out on Sunday.
If fans want to see an exciting football game, and one that really means something on Sunday, then betting on the Grey Cup is a must. The two teams met in the 2012 edition of the big game. Toronto came out winners, 35-22. Since that final, Calgary has appeared in two Grey Cup finals, winning one and losing one. The Stampeders lost last season’s final, but the team’s performances this season make them look extremely good value to win this weekend.
Calgary has been the Grey Cup favorites throughout the CFL season. The team started the year as +350 favorites to win the final.
Toronto has lost the last eight games the two teams have played. Confidence could be low amongst bettors that Toronto could win the final.
Calgary has a veteran CFL quarterback in Bo Levi Mitchell. The Stampeders quarterback has done it all in the CFL during his career, and he is being tipped to be the Most Outstanding Player of the final. Mitchell was sixth in touchdown passes in 2017 (23), while completing 64% of his passes.
Toronto’s Ricky Ray was slightly better in both categories. Ray threw 28 touchdowns and completed 71% of his passes. Ray maybe 38-years old, but he is having a great CFL season. He has already won three Grey Cups and a fourth could be his; if Toronto can upset its rivals on Sunday.
The final could be won on the ground. Toronto gave up just 58 yards rushing per game during its last three. However, Calgary running back Jerome Messam has been one of the best rushers in the entire league this season. Messam gained 1,016 yards on the ground, the third most in the CFL. He also rushed for nine touchdowns, which was good for second in the league.
According to the weather forecasts, the temperatures in Ottawa will be around 16 degrees Fahrenheit. It could play into the final result, but these players are used to the drop in the mercury during fall in Canada.
Toronto maybe the underdog, but the team has won 16 Grey Cups in its history. Calgary, on the other hand, has lifted seven trophies. It is going to be an exciting final in Ottawa on Sunday and fans who love entertaining football won’t be disappointed.
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