The Calgary Stampeders have blown a pair of chances to clinch the Canadian Football League’s West Division, and one more loss could possibly drop them to second place in the division. Calgary has played like the best team in the CFL for much of the season but needs a win or a tie in the finale against the B.C. Lions to clinch first place.
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The Lions are already locked into their spot so they don’t have a bunch of motivation in this matchup. Calgary will get a first-round bye if it can capture the division, so this is a huge game to end the year. The Stampeders may be on the road but they have the talent to win this game in CFL betting.
This CFL football game between the Calgary Stampeders and B.C. Lions will be held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at 9 p.m ET on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018.
The spread has not yet been released for this matchup. Calgary is 12-5 on the season despite some recent issues. The Stampeders have gone 5-3 on the road and would love to add another win to their total to clinch the division. The Lions are 9-8 on the year and have been phenomenal at home with a 7-1 record. B.C. has struggled on the road so it gets a boost from playing this one at home.
The Lions are going to finish with the No. 4 seed in the West, which means they will cross over to face off against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East semifinal. There are some teams in the CFL that have already announced they will be resting players in the final game in order to avoid injury and prepare for the regular season.
A report like that has not come out of British Columbia but it’s fair to wonder if this will be treated like a regular game or if the Lions will hold back. Calgary has more to play for with the division title still on the line. The Stampeders will host the Western Final after a bye week if they are able to pull out a win or tie in this game, while they would be forced to play next week with a loss.
The motivation in this one is clearly going to be on the side of Calgary.
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3. That’s the number of losses in a row for the Stampeders after it looked like they were going to cruise to the best regular season record in the CFL. Calgary’s skid began with a loss to these B.C. Lions by a score of 26-21.
Tyrell Sutton had a big game on the ground for B.C. in that matchup, rushing for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Stampeders had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter but the Lions’ defense held stout to secure the upset.
The Stampeders have followed that up with losses to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, delaying the division title that everyone thought was inevitable. It would be quite the collapse if Calgary fails to win this game and ends up second in the division.
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The Lions have been great at home this season and if there was something on the line for them in this one they would be an intriguing pick. However, it’s clear how much more Calgary needs this game. Look for the Stampeders to pull out all the stops and come away with a rather easy win to clinch the West division.
Calgary has not looked too good of late but will get back on track with a win over the B.C. Lions in this matchup to head into the postseason with some momentum in CFL wagering.
CFL ATS Pick: Calgary Stampeders 25, B.C. Lions 17
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