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.
Grey Cup 2017 Futures Betting Lines Picks
CFL Grey Cup Predictions
The oddsmakers are really feeling Calgary’s chances to win it all. That’s clearly based on roster and talent level. That’s not based on trends, because I have their stock falling in a big way. They lost 3 in a row to end the season. It’s not like they were playing for anything, I know. But still. Not very Grey Cup champion-like of them.
During the playoffs, I have a feeling that we will see the Calgary Stampeders team that we saw over the first 3 quarters of the CFL regular season. They ARE crazy talented and deep at every single position. The only reason I hesitate to go all in on Calgary is that unnecessary 3-game losing streak to end the regular season. And I just feel like, literally, every other team is hungrier. That notwithstanding, my money is on the Calgary Stampeders.
Prediction: Calgary Stampeders at Sports Interaction
To the surprise of nobody, a West team made an East playoffs spot, based on the fact that only one team in the East achieved a .500 record… the team that won the East, the Toronto Argonauts. So the Roughriders will play the East this year in the playoffs.
The Ottawa Redblacks made a dash at the end to qualify for the playoffs, winning their last 3 regular season games. And I’ll be honest, they were 3 wins that impressed me. They beat The BC Lions, in BC. They beat Saskatchewan (who they are about to play in the playoffs) in Saskatchewan, and they finished the season with a solid home win against Hamilton.
They also put 30 or more points on the board in each of those games. So if anyone is going into the playoffs with mad momentum, it’s the Reds. Their game against The Roughriders will be must-see TV and probably the best game of the playoffs. Those two teams have played each other twice in the last month, and the games were decided by a combined 2 points, with each team stealing a win on the other guys’ field. So yeah, this is going to be fun.
It’s rest versus rust this year in the West. The Calgary Stampeders are favoured to win the whole dang thing. They are loaded from top to bottom and they are rested. They had a bye week to close the regular season and another bye in the first round of the playoffs. So they will have had a full two weeks to watch game films and ice their nagging injuries.
But… They also lost their last 3 games of the regular season. So, when you think about it, they will not have won a game in over a month by the time they play again. If you happen to want to take that a step further, they haven’t beaten a good team in even longer. Their last two regular-season wins came against the Tiger-Cats (to be fair, the Cats were MUCH improved in the second half of the season) and the Alouettes (who ended their season on an 11 game losing streak). That means their last win against a playoff team was the Roughriders, way back in late September.
It’s hard to blame the Stampeders for semi-tanking in the last quarter of the season. Their #1 seed out west was sewn up a long time ago. They’ve been playing teams with a lot more to play for ever since, and it’s hard to get up for these games. But, you can argue that a Champion would match the effort and the output of the other team. Calgary didn’t and they’re limping into the playoffs.
Speaking of rest, the Toronto Argonauts are one team that could definitely use the week off. It doesn’t matter who they play, the Roughriders and Redblacks are both better teams, and Toronto needs the week to go into the semis at 100%. I don’t like how they stack up against either team, nor their odds of advancing to the Cup. I’m seeing an all-West final, with Calgary against Saskatchewan. But I’ll be cheering for Ottawa.
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