Roughriders vs. Tiger-Cats Prediction: CFL Week 1 Point Spread, Odds
June 13, 2019, 7:00 PM ET | Tim Hortons Field
It was an up-and-down 2018 season for the TiCats, who fell to the Ottawa Redblacks in the East final but are slight favourites to come out of the division this season. Saskatchewan won 12 games last season but lost in the division semifinal.
Not only are the Tiger-Cats installed as a one field-goal favourite for their season opener, the public is overwhelmingly behind the home side, with 72 percent of Sports Interaction bettors leaning toward Hamilton. But Tim Hortons Field hasn’t exactly been hospitable from a spread perspective, with the Tiger-Cats going a dismal 7-16-2 ATS in their previous 25 home games. The Roughriders have covered in 28 of the past 39 meetings between the teams.
From a totals perspective, the majority of bettors are expecting some Week 1 fireworks, with 79 percent of participants taking the O49. Hamilton has been a low-scoring early-season team in recent years, with 20 of their previous 26 June games falling short of the number. Saskatchewan has trended in the opposite direction, having gone 15-7 to the over in its last 22 games played in Week 1. The teams have combined to go under in seven of their last 10 encounters.
It could be a tough go for Roughriders fans who watched their side overachieve slightly en route to an impressive 12-win season. The decision to roll with Zach Collaros as the No. 1 QB – due in part to missing out on Bo Levi Mitchell – could be the biggest impediment to a repeat of that 2018 success; the former Tiger-Cats signal caller had a dismal showing last season, completing just 61.3 percent of his passes with nine touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.
While Saskatchewan’s quarterback situation is a point of contention, the Tiger-Cats are doing just fine, thank you very much. They’ll return Jeremiah Masoli as their starter after the San Francisco native threw for more than 5,200 yards and 28 touchdowns while adding nearly 500 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. He’ll be looking for redemption after throwing for just 517 yards with zero TDs and two INTs in two meetings with the Roughriders last season.