UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
Ottawa Redblacks Grey Cup Odds 2017
Redblacks Odds To Win The Grey Cup
Though the Ottawa Redblacks only joined the CFL in 2014, they have so far experienced a resounding success. After going 2-16 in their augural season, the Redblacks have since gone to back-to-back Grey Cup, winning their first championship in only their third year of existence. The off-season saw the retirement of their starting quarterback – Henry Burris –but at 41 years old, it may be better for the franchise to move on to a younger starting quarterback. Redblacks’ head coach Rick Campbell – winner of the CFL coach of the year award in 2015 – has demonstrated he is very capable of dealing with change at quarterback and is well prepared for the 2017 season.
The Ottawa Redblacks enter the 2017 season with Grey Cup aspirations. The Redblacks have arguably the best roster in the Eastern Conference and, what is now a veteran squad of players. The loss of the leadership of Henry Burris and two of their starting wide receivers have somewhat been mitigated with the promotion of Trevor Harris to starting quarterback and the signing of wide receiver Kenny Shaw – who cracked the 1000 yard mark in 2016 with the Toronto Argonauts. If they can step in immediately and make an impact, the Ottawa Redblacks will continue their winning ways in 2017 and have the ability to make their third straight Grey Cup.
At +700 odds to win the Grey Cup in 2017, the Ottawa Redblacks are tied with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the best odds in the Eastern Division and the fourth best odds overall. One of the reasons the odds for Ottawa are where they are is the fact they finished 2017 with an 8-9-1 record. Their 2-6-1 record at home in 2016 should be improved upon, but the fact that they have a new quarterback holds them back. If the team loses one or two more games in 2017 – which is possible due to roster turnover and the Grey Cup hangover – they would almost certainly miss the playoffs. Because of that, bettors see their odds at only +700.
Ottawa Redblacks 2017 Schedule
The Ottawa Redblacks open the season on June 23 at 7:30 PM EST against the Calgary Stampeders. Last season – including the Grey Cup – the Redblacks were 1-1-1 against the Stamps with the tie coming in Ottawa’s home opener last season. The rematch is arguably the best game of the CFL’s opening weekend as the 2016 Grey Cup was one of the most exciting Grey Cups in history.
The Redblacks open the season with a home and home against the Calgary Stampeders, their only two games against the reigning Western Division champions. The schedule does not favour the Redblacks early on, as they play three games between July 14 and July 24, before getting their first bye week in week 6. After their first bye week, the most important games for the Redblacks are their three against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. As arguably their biggest competition in the East, the three games – including the Redblacks final regular season game of 2017 – will go a long way in deciding who wins the division in 2017. Other big games include a Thursday night pre-Labour Day showdown in Montreal and a Thanksgiving weekend match-up against the BC Lions.
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