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What Are The Odds For The Eskimos To Win A Hometown Grey Cup?

What Are The Odds For The Eskimos To Win A Hometown Grey Cup?

CFL Grey Cup Games With A Hometown Team Twist

Draped in history, the first official Grey Cup Championship was contested on December 4, 1909. Honouring Albert Grey, former Governor General of Canada (1904-11), the University of Toronto Varsity Blues claimed the Cup by defeating the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 26-6 at Rosedale Field in Toronto, Ontario. Never west of Sarnia, during the first 42 title games, Toronto (29), Hamilton (8) Ottawa (2), plus Kingston, Sarnia and Montreal with one each, were CFL Championship venues through to 1954. Track the journey to the 106th Grey Cup with our LIVE odds and scores widget.

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Being as the Argonauts played in a ton of title games, at Varsity Stadium from 1909 to 1954, our look as Grey Cup home field advantaged begins in 1955. After a merger of the Interprovincial Rugby and Western Interprovincial Football Unions the present-day CFL was formed in 1958. Six years later, on November 27, 1963, Vancouver hosted the Grey Cup and, despite having home field advantage at Empire Stadium, the BC Lions were defeated 21-10 by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Since then, hometown heroes are 6-5 during title fights and the last three hosts have claimed the Cup.

Playing out in Alberta, two years in a row, Edmonton gets the first shot at capturing the CFL crown in their own backyard as Commonwealth Stadium will host Grey Cup Sunday (25/11/18) for the fifth time to close out the 106th CFL season. Calgary is up next as the Stampeders will have an opportunity to claim the Cup at home on November 24, 2019, at McMahon Stadium. That said, hosting the event won't mean much unless the Eskimos or Stamps actually advance to the CFL title match. Here are the results when teams have had home-turf advantage since the 1955 season.

Bold Text: Indicates Grey Cup Championship winners that owned home-field advantage. 

Date Grey Cup  Winner Runner Up    Score  Championship Venue  Home 
30/11/63 51st Hamilton British Columbia  21-10 Empire Stadium Lost
03/12/72 60th Hamilton Saskatchewan  13-10 Ivor Wynne Stadium Won
27/11/77 65th Montreal Edmonton  41-6 Olympic Stadium Won
25/11/79 67th Edmonton  Montreal 17-9 Olympic Stadium Lost
28/11/82 70th Edmonton Toronto  32-16 CNE Stadium Lost
27/11/83 71st Toronto British Columbia 18-17 BC Place Lost
27/11/94  82nd British Columbia Baltimore 26-23 BC Place Won
24/11/02  90th Montreal Edmonton 25-16 Commonwealth Stadium Lost
23/11/08  96th Calgary Montreal 22-14 Olympic Stadium Lost
27/11/11  99th British Columbia  Winnipeg 34-23 BC Place Won
25/11/12  100th Toronto Calgary 35-22 Rogers Center Won
24/11/13  101st Saskatchewan Hamilton 45-23 Mosaic Stadium Won

Edmonton Eskimos Odds To Win the 106th Grey Cup

If QB Mike Reilly & Crew win the West, or the East crossover, Edmonton will look to follow British Columbia ('11) Toronto ('12) Saskatchewan ('13) as recent home soil Grey Cup winners. That's an impressive run as British Columbia was the previous hometown winner when the BC Lions beat Baltimore in 1994. That followed BC losses to Hamilton (1963) and Toronto (1983) as hosts at BC Place in Vancouver. Being contested the Alberta Capital for the fifth time, this will be the Eskimos second shot at a hometown win after Edmonton hosted and lost 25-16 to Montreal in 2002.

2018 CFL Grey Cup Futures Lines: 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Grey Cup Opening Odds
Calgary  +280 to +250  +280 to N/C   +275 to N/C  +250 to N/C 
Winnipeg  +625 to N/C   +650 to N/C   +650 to N/C   +600 to N/C 
Edmonton  +500 to +470  +500 to N/C   +600 to N/C   +600 to N/C 
Saskatchewan  +625 to +650  +700 to N/C   +700 to N/C   +600 to N/C 
Toronto  +750 to +700  +700 to N/C   +550 to N/C   +700 to N/C 
Ottawa  +950 to N/C    +950 to N/C   +800 to N/C  +1000 to N/C 
Hamilton  +600 to +550  +550 to N/C  +550 to N/C 
 +550 to N/C 
British Columbia  +1200 to N/C   +1200 to N/C   +800 to N/C   +900 to N/C 
Montreal  +1400 to N/C   +1400 to N/C   +2000 to N/C   +1400 to N/C

With a long journey ahead, and if CFL Week 1 was any indication, the race to the Championship will be heated from start to finish. For game-by-game picks, check out CFL futures page that updates weekly. While we haven't seen Ottawa yet, the Redblacks opened their season on a BYE, five of the eight teams that are out of the gate showed signs of promise. The Roughriders looked great taking out Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton were decent in wins over spunky Hamilton and Winnipeg squads, while the BC Lions struggled before putting away a mediocre Montreal crew.

East Division Championship Contenders and Pretenders 

Despite consisting of just nine teams, and arguably stacked with the "second best" talent in North American football, the CFL has its share of haves and have not's. One week into the 2018 regular season, contenders appear to out number the pretenders. Discussed in our East Division preview, Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton will run neck-and-neck throughout the 21 week schedule while Montreal is facing another losing campaign. Following an "East has the Least" mantra again, after posting a combined 53-89-1 record the last two years, East teams are already 0-3-0 this season.

Ottawa begins with a 2017 East Division Semifinal rematch as the Roughriders visit Canada's Capital to open Week 2 on June 21, 2018. At the time of writing (18/06/18) there are far more questions than answers in the East as Toronto looked terrible while scoring just five points through three quarters in Saskatchewan. Hamilton hung with Calgary but the Johnny Manziel watch continues - even though Tiger-Cats QB Jeremiah Masoli was decent until tossing a game crashing INT. Bringing up the rear - Montreal looked meek in Vancouver and should be avoided as Cup contenders.

West Division Grey Cup Title Game Hopefuls and Hapless

Polar opposite to the East, though with nothing to show for it, the West will be the best during regular season again this year. Sporting a 107-71-2 overall record the past two years, we have forecasted West Division teams to finish with a 55-39 mark with BC (7-11) putting up the lone losing record. Painfully aware that East Champions Ottawa and Toronto have won the Cup the last two seasons - we see that streak snapping during the 2018 campaign. Going against the grain, with an underdog, Saskatchewan is our preseason choice to win their first CFL title since 2013.

Edmonton opened their season with weather related issues in Manitoba vs Winnipeg so the Eskimos 33-30 win doesn't tell a complete story on either side of the ball. Mike Reilly was impressive but so was rookie Chris Streveler and both squads look ready to put up a lot of points. We put Calgary on "wait and watch" status during our West preview and they remain there after a sluggish 28-14 home win vs Hamilton. Viewing the Lions win over a hapless Alouettes crew with caution - the Canada Sports Betting team is not prepared to jump on the BC bandwagon anytime soon.

Futures, Pre-Match & LIVE CFL Odds in Canada

Providing hundreds of wagering options, during the regular season, two playoffs weekends, plus Grey Cup Sunday, there is a lot to like about Canada facing CFL focused sportsbooks. Bettors are reminded that Championship futures odds are at their ripest right now as prices on top squads will shrink as teams navigate their 18-game slates. Price shifts have begun as the 'Riders Championship futures line fell (+750 to +650) after their Week 1 victory. With a substantial gap between them, Calgary (+250) and Edmonton (+550) are top chalk at Bet365 heading into Week 2 action.

Beyond forecasting the future, though keeping all harvested information in the forefront, Canuck 'Cappers can place pre-game and in-play wagers on all 167 CFL 2018 contests. Since nothing good comes easy, diligent weekly match research not only fattens up the bankroll but also helps bettors stay on top of in-progress playoff tickets. We opened the year with a 7-1-0 run and our weekly selections can be found here. Not always predictable, we take pride in our CFL predictions and always dig down deep to offer up the best FREE betting advice available in the Great White North.

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