Grey Cup betting odds: Can Roughriders cover spread vs. Tiger-Cats?

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 27, 2017

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There’s a lot to like about the hometown Saskatchewan Roughriders, who are set as 7-point favorites against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Sunday’s 101st edition of the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup final.

For one thing, the Roughriders are playing in front of 44,000 of Regina’s faithful at Mosaic Field. Usually home-field advantage is worth about three points in pro football, but it might be a much bigger factor Sunday.  To begin with, Saskatchewan has owned Hamilton this year and has won seven of its 10 home games this season (4-5 against the spread). Not only that, but that but the Roughriders also ranked first overall in points allowed (22.1 per game) and second in points scored (28.8 per game).

And then you have to worry about the weather. Earlier this week the temperature in Regina dipped to -20C with a wind-chill of -30C. Now, it’s supposed to be around -9C Sunday, but that’s still pretty cold to be playing the biggest game of the season. A number of the Ticats have already been treated for frostbite after practicing in frigid conditions.

Add all that with the fact that 44,000 Roughriders supporters will be backed into Mosaic Field and that creates a very large hill for the visiting Tiger-Cats to climb.

“A lot of people mentioning the pressure of winning now that we’re here, but we were talking about it in the off-season,” Roughriders defensive end Ricky Foley told reporters. “We weren’t coming here as veterans and talking about rebuilding or making the playoffs, we were talking about winning a Grey Cup in a home city.”

Game picks

Bet Regina-born Roughriders wideout Chris Getzlaf to score a touchdown at +120.

Bet Roughriders QB Darian Durant to win the Grey Cup MVP at +275.

Bet Saskatchewan, especially if this line dips under a touchdown, otherwise play under the 53-point total.

Final score: Saskatchewan Roughriders 27, Hamilton Tiger-Cats 19

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