Canadian Football betting fans will begin their assessment of the West with the defending champion Saskatchewan Roughriders as the division chalk of the Canadian Football odds.
Saskatchewan gave the powerful Montreal Alouettes a big time scare in the Grey Cup Championship Game last year as they lost in the final moments 27-28 as 9.5-point underdogs. The Roughriders finished with an overall record of 10-7 straight up and 8-8 against the spread.
The Calgary Stampeders were the team that Saskatchewan upended to make the Grey Cup Championship Game. Calgary was also 10-7 straight up and 7-9 against the spread.
The Edmonton Eskimos are back in the conversation as a Canadian Football betting contender and are coming off a very disappointing season in which they finished 9-9 straight up and 6-12 against the spread.
The British Columbia Lions brought up the rear of the CFL West with a mark of 8-10 straight up and 8-8 with the Canadian football betting line.
Richie Hall had a successful first season as coach of the Eskimos as they made their first playoff appearance in 4 years. Edmonton is one of the most storied franchises in the CFL with 13 Grey Cups and will be under pressure for another as the city will host the title game this year.
Calgary won the 2008 Grey Cup, which was the sixth in their history. The Stampeders boast one of the top offenses in the CFL led by quarterback Henry Burris, who was second in the league for passing yards with 4831 but also with an alarming 22/16 touchdown to interception ratio.
Saskatchewan lost a true heartbreaker in the Grey Cup last year as Montreal missed a 33-yard field goal only to be given a second chance because of a too many men on the field penalty, which cost the Roughriders the title.
Coach Ken Miller will lead a Saskatchewan crew that is again pegged to be a Grey Cup title contender. The offense was tied with Montreal as the highest scoring last year and should again be a dangerous unit.
Vancouver won the Grey Cup as recently as 2006 but looks to be lacking the depth on the roster to make a serious run in 2010.