Football returns this weekend, not quite in full force. But unlike the NFL preseason game Thursday night, the results actually count in the Canadian Football League’s regular-season games on tap for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Of course, you can bet on all of it.
It has been 20 months since the league played, and when we left off, Winnipeg was upsetting Hamilton to win the 2019 Grey Cup 33-12. The Blue Bombers weren’t the league’s best team that season, going 11-7 and settling in as the third seed in the West. But they won three road postseason games, all as underdogs, en route to the title. It wasn’t a complete shock, however, as over the last four seasons, only Calgary has won more games than Winnipeg.
Keep in mind that I will be posting weekly game ratings for every contest of the 2021 CFL season on VSiN.com and in Point Spread Weekly, just as I have for college and pro football since 2017. I will also try to keep readers up to speed on any usual betting trends that form. First thing you should watch out for is that the nine-team CFL has four new coaches and three new starting quarterbacks this fall.
Basic CFL betting concepts to consider for 2021
1. Aim low with scoring expectations
The CFL is considered a wide-open, high-scoring league by those unfamiliar with it. But while NFL scoring has exploded in the last several years, CFL scoring has done just the opposite. In fact, since the start of the 2014 season, Unders boast a record of 276-202, good for 57.7%. If you drill even deeper with games showing totals of 55 or higher, that record is 40-23, or 63.5%.