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[OTHER] Jun 14, 2018

How To Bet On The CFL For Bettors New To The Sport

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How To Bet On The CFL For Bettors New To The Sport

The CFL season begins Thursday and there are plenty of reasons to get on board. There are only nine teams in the league but that doesn't mean there's anything predictable about what happens on the field.

Underdogs went a perfect 8-0 against the spread in the first two weeks of the season last year and the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts entered the playoffs with a .500 record.

Here's a quick and dirty betting guide to betting CFL games.

What Are The Differences Between The NFL And CFL?

There are many but we'll go over a few of the key ones. Here is a good breakdown of all the rule differences the NFL and CFL for those that are interested.

• Three downs to make 10 yards and gain a new set of downs. Having one less down makes running the ball almost an afterthought in the CFL. Some teams use it effectively but don't expect any type of 60/40 pass/run ratio.

• Bigger ball, longer and wider field and end zone. Canadian football fields are 10 yards longer, about 15 yards wider, and the end zone is 10 yards deeper.

• 12th man is on the field not in the stands. CFL has 12 players on the field for each team at all times as opposed to the NFL's 11.

Best Betting Trends

Bet the underdogs early in the season. Remember that stat about underdogs going 8-0 in the first eight games last season? Well, that's no fluke. Underdogs in the first four weeks of the season are 115-66-2 against the spread since 2006. That's a 63.5 percent win rate over a 12-year sample size.

Winnipeg, Hamilton, Saskatchewan and Montreal are your Week 1 underdogs this season. The Blue Bombers and Roughriders are both getting points at home. Winnipeg was among the best ATS bets last season.

More Unders than Overs

There have been more Overs than Unders in just one CFL season since 2005 and the Under has played to the win with a 54.4 percent win rate in all regular season games in the last 13 years.

Be on the lookout for totals above the 50-point threshold. The Under cashes 56.6 percent of the time over the same time frame with any games with the Over/Under line set at 50 or higher.
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