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Grey Cup Preview

Nov 23, 2008 7:56 PM

by Kevin Stott |

Grey Cup

Calgary Stampeders at Montreal Alouettes

Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada

Weather Forecast: -12 Celsius

Time: 3ET/2CT/12PT

Television: VERSUS (USA), TSN (Canada)

Calgary Stampeders at Montreal Alouettes (Pick, 57): This 96th edition of the Grey Cup features the top two teams in their respective divisions – and two teams that most certainly deserve to be in this CFL championship game.

Over the last eight years, Montreal (11-7, 11-8 ATS) has been to the Big Game five times but has only prevailed once. On the other cleat, Calgary (14-5, 13-6 ATS) has won two of its last three Grey Cup appearances.

The Stamps, led by QB Henri Burris, have been dynamite against the spread this season, covering eight of their last 10 and registering the league’s best mark (13-6) this season. Calgary also went 2-0 SU/ATS against Montreal.

Besides having Jofferey Reynolds at TB, Burris has a number of targets to throw to at WR including Ken-Yon Rambo, while Anthony Calvillo – a former signal-caller for the now defunct Las Vegas Posse – has a limited number of skill position players with which to work.

Trend-wise, Montreal is 6-4 ATS and SU in its last 10 meetings with Calgary and the over is 7-3 in those 10 games. If the line should move Montreal’s way, note that Saskatchewan is a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS as an underdog.

Calgary won both meetings this season (23-19, 41-30) and while the Stampeders gave up the fewest points (420) this season in the CFL, the Alouettes scored the most (610) so choosing the over-under in this championship game may be a risky thing although most important games in professional sports tend to skew toward the under (Remember last year’s Super Bowl?).

Even though the game is at Montreal, the side to look at here is Calgary, which gained some valuable conference by beating Saskatchewan in both meetings and which had the best overall record in the league. CALGARY STAMPEDERS.