They don’t have a team and haven’t played a game but you can bet on the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks to win the CFL championship next season.
Not surprisingly, the latest incarnation of Canadian Football in Ottawa is the biggest longshot in odds to win the 2014 Grey Cup.
The reigning champs, crowned last weekend after demolishing the Hamilton Tiger Cats, are the Saskatchewan RoughRiders and they are currently 3/1 odds to repeat, according to online sportsbook Bodog.
Two other Western Conference teams are the second and third betting choices. The BC Lions are 7/2 and the Calgary Stampeders are 4/1 as of late November.
Other than Ottawa, which begins play after failed franchise iterations called the Rough Riders (yes, two teams called Rough Riders in a nine-team league) and the Renegades, Winnipeg is the next biggest longshot at less than half of Ottawa’s number (12/1).
The league is older than the NFL and its championship trophy is the oldest in professional sports. This year’s final was played in -30 degree weather in Regina, as the Roughriders hosted the Grey Cup final.
The league plays on a larger field with huge end zones, utilizes 12 players instead of 11 and operates on a three-down system of offense.
Most sportsbooks offer CFL odds and savvy football bettors can often find great wagering value because low betting volumes sometimes means the oddsmakers do not have to be as sharp.
Odds to win the 2014 CFL Grey Cup, courtesy of Bodog:
Saskatchewan Roughriders 3/1
B.C. Lions 7/2
Calgary Stampeders 4/1
Toronto Argonauts 6/1
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7/1
Montreal Alouettes 8/1
Edmonton Eskimos 9/1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12/1
Ottawa RedBlacks 25/1