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CFL Divisional Finals Betting Previews

The CFL playoffs kick into high gear this weekend with the final four set to collide for a chance to play in the 105th Grey Cup. On the betting menu is Saskatchewan vs Toronto in the East Division final and then Edmonton will take on Calgary in the West final. Here’s a look at the betting trends and how these games may play out for bettors:

Saskatchewan vs Toronto 

The Argonauts opened as slight favorites against the Roughriders with the spread hovering around -2.5 points for Toronto. Sportsbooks must not have been paying attention to the regular-season results because the Roughriders swept the Argonauts in those two games. The “Old Man” Bowl features longtime CFL staples in Ricky Ray and Kevin Glenn, who are both defying age at 38 years old (never kissed a girl). Look for the Argonauts to hold home field as they’re 4-1 SU at home in their last five and 6-3 SU during the season.

The total opened at 52 and it’s shaping up to be an OVER. Both of these teams average over 26 points per game and the OVER has hit in both of their matchups this season. Quarterback play usually dictates the scores in the CFL and with Ray and Glenn (new buddy-cop movie?) involved, expect a shootout in the East final.

Edmonton vs Calgary

Oddsmakers have the Stampeders as 5.5-point favorites at McMahon Stadium as Calgary won two of three games in the season series vs the Eskimos. Calgary had the best record in the league but finished terribly with three consecutive losses to wrap up the season. These teams will face each other in the West final for the third time in four years.

It’s shaping up to be a true quarterback showdown in Calgary. Edmonton’s Mike Reilly is the front-runner for Most Outstanding Player and led the league in touchdown passes and passing yards. His counterpart, Bo Levi Mitchell (best name in sports), is the reigning CFL MOP and also has the No. 1-ranked defense backing him. Although the Stamps should win this game to secure their ticket to the Grey Cup, bettors should consider taking the Eskimos to cover as Calgary is 1-4 ATS in its last five games, while Edmonton is 5-1 ATS in the last six.

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