CFL: Grey Cup final betting guide: Calgary v Ottawa
Venue: The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta.
Time: 6pm EST, Sunday, November 25.
Bet 365 odds: Calgary $1.40 (-240), Ottawa $3 (+200).
TV: In Canada watch on TSN Network or RDS, online at TSN Direct and RDS Direct. In the US, the Grey Cup is on ESPN2. Outside north America try BT Sports, ESPN, Kwese, Watch ESPN, ESPN Play.
The match: Stampeders v Redblacks
It’s hard to get a line through the teams as they have not clashed since July 13, when the Stampeders proved far too strong.
The Stamps are competing in their third consecutive Grey Cup final and head into this clash as overwhelming favourites.
But the bad news for them is they have fallen short both times, 39-33 against the Redblacks in 2016, and a 27-24 heartbreaker against the Toronto Argonauts last year. Last year they were also heavily favoured after two convincing wins against the Argonauts earlier in the season.
Ottawa have a knack of rising to the occasion and have won 10 of the 17 Grey Cup finals they have played.
Calgary and Ottawa have met three times previously in the Grey Cup decider with two wins to Ottawa (39-33 in 2016; 24-21 in 1968) and one to Calgary (12-7 in 1948).
Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson will be desperate to end his run of outs after being in the charge for the losses in 2016 and 2017.
Previous meetings between Calgary and Ottawa in 2018
Week 3: Calgary 24 d Ottawa 14
This clash was a real defensive grind but Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell managed to cut loose long enough to make a couple of touchdown passes. The score was only 7-6 at half-time in Calgary, with the Stamps getting on top in the second half on the back of their powerful defence.
Week 5: Ottawa 3 lost to Calgary 27
Even with Bo Levi Mitchell out of the game before half-time after he was hit in a low tackle, this match was all one-way traffic in Ottawa. The Stampeders defence did a number on the Redblacks in Thursday night football, holding them to a single first down in the first half and just 27 yards!
Key players in Grey Cup final
Bo Levi Mitchell (quarterback): Mitchell is the favourite to win the league’s Most Outstanding Player award, and for good reason. He won the award in 2016 and has been outstanding again all season, including in the West final win against Winnipeg.
Trevor Harris (quarterback): Heads into the biggest match of the year in sublime form after setting a new CFL record for most passing touchdowns in a play-off game, completing six in the Eastern final against Hamilton. Many felt Harris might have been in the mix for the Most Outstanding Player gong (the nominations went to Ticats QB Jeremiah Masoli and rival Grey Cup QB Bo Levi Mitchell of the Stampeders. Harris may finish the season with the prize those two rivals would gladly swap the MOP for.
Why the Calgary Stampeders can win the Grey Cup
They have been the best team all year and they have probably the best player in the league steering the ship in QB Bo Levi Mitchell. They will use their failures in Grey Cup play-offs as extra motivation and it will be a case of third-time lucky.
Why the Ottawa Redblacks can win the Grey Cup
They are proven winners on the biggest stage and will go in as the underdogs, without the crushing pressure that will suffocate the Stamps. Surely their offence can not go any worse than it did in their two previous meetings with the Stamps this season.
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