Article published on 22 June 2012

2012 CFL Season Prepares to Kick Off

2012 CFL Betting Favorites
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The 2012 Canadian Football League (CFL) season kicks off on Friday, June 29, which means football betting fans are champing at the bit for what will hopefully be an exhilarating and nail-biting season ahead.

With only eight teams, the CFL is considerably smaller than the NFL down south, but no less exciting as these teams face off in a season that will run from June 29 until the final, The Grey Cup, on Sunday, November 25.

BC Lions are the CFL Betting Favorites

Last year the BC Lions won the coveted Grey Cup, beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34-23, which is why most CFL oddsmakers have laid the BC Lions as the betting favorites to win the Cup again this season.

That and the fact the BC Lions were bolstered even more in the offseason with the acquisition of top defensive backs Byron Parker and Lin-J Shell. Add to that, uber talented 28-year-old quarterback Travis Lulay will start again for the defending champs this year, after being named CFL's Most Outstanding Player last season.

But despite the BC Lions' solid form coming into the new season, there are seven other CFL teams that will do everything in their power to stifle their mighty roar. And if the CFL oddsmakers are anything to go by, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats could be a particularly big threat, as a team that routinely makes it into the playoffs.

Tiger-Cats Traded for QB Henry Burris

During the offseason, the Tiger-Cats made a trade for quarterback Henry Burris, who in 2010 was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player, and in 2008 was named the Grey Cup MVP. As such, we expect a lot of good things Burris and co this season.

In terms of the 2012 CFL betting lines, top online sportsbook Bodog has all the latest CFL markets and odds:

2012 Grey Cup Winner Odds

B.C. Lions 7/2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 9/2
Montreal Alouettes 11/2
Calgary Stampeders 5/1
Toronto Argonauts 6/1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6/1
Saskatchewan Roughriders 9/1
Edmonton Eskimos 9/1

Odds to win the 2012 CFL East Division

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7/4
Montreal Alouettes 9/4
Toronto Argonauts 7/2
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7/2

Odds to win the 2012 CFL West Division

B.C. Lions 5/4
Calgary Stampeders 2/1
Edmonton Eskimos 9/2
Saskatchewan Roughriders 5/1

British Columbia Lions - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 12½ (EVEN)
Under 12½ (-130)

Calgary Stampeders - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 11½ (-115)
Under 11½ (-115)

Edmonton Eskimos - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 7½ (EVEN)
Under 7½ (-130)

Hamilton Tiger-Cats - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 10½ (-130)
Under 10½ (EVEN)

Montreal Alouettes - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 10½ (-115)
Under 10½ (-115)

Saskatchewan Roughriders - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 6 (-115)
Under 6 (-115)

Toronto Argonauts - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 8½ (-115)
Under 8½ (-115)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Total Regular Season Wins in 2012

Over 8½ (-115)
Under 8½ (-115)

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