CFL 2013: By The Numbers
The 2013 regular season starts on June 27th as the Montreal Alouettes are in Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers at the new Investors Group Field.
For you die hard CFL Fans, there have been two rule changes in 2013. Coaches can now use both of their time outs at any point during regulation time of a game as long as they don’t use more than one after the 3-minute warning has sounded in the second half of the contest (previously coaches were only allowed to use one time out per half). Coaches will now also be allowed to challenge the result of a field goal attempt or extra-point attempt.
For you American fans the most important rule to keep in mind is that the CFL uses just three downs. This of course makes it a pass-first league (FACT: at least 50% of starting CFL pivots reach 4,000 yards passing every season).
And in case you forgot, the Toronto Argonauts are the defending Grey Cup Champions who were led to the title on the arm of offseason acquisition QB Ricky Ray from Edmonton.
The best way to make an educated guess about the future is to look at and study past statistics. And "recent" stats are always the best.
I've gone ahead and compiled the most important numbers from 2012:
Montreal Alouettes (11-7 SU, 8-10 ATS, 9-8-1 O/U)
Offense: No. 4 in the league with an average of 386.3 yards per game.
Defense: No. 3 in the league with an average of 374.1 yards per game.
Toronto Argonauts (9-9 SU, 9-9 ATS, 8-10 O/U) *Defending Grey Cup Champions
Offense: No. 5 in the league with an average of 374.8 yards per game.
Defense: No. 5 in the league with an average of 380.1 yards per game.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-12 SU, 9-9 ATS, 7-10-1 O/U)
Offense: No. 8 in the league with an average of 357.4 yards per game.
Defense: No. 6 in the league with an average of 394.2 yards per game.
Hamilton Tiger Cats (6-12 SU, 9-9 ATS, 13-5 O/U)
Offense: No. 2 in the league with an average of 397.8 yards per game.
Defense: No. 7 in the league with an average of 424.5 yards per game.
BC Lions (13-5 SU, 9-9 ATS, 6-12 O/U)
Offense: No. 1 in the league with an average of 403.0 yards per game.
Defense: No. 1 in the league with an average of 313.7 yards per game.
Calgary Stampeders (12-6 SU, 10-8 ATS, 10-8 O/U)
Offense: No. 3 in the league with an average of 391.4 yards per game.
Defense: No. 4 in the league with an average of 374.2 yards per game.
Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-10 SU, 8-10 ATS, 9-9 O/U)
Offense: No. 6 in the league with an average of 370.9 yards per game.
Defense: No. 2 in the league with an average of of 352.6 yards per game.
Edmonton Eskimos (7-11 SU, 10-8 ATS, 10-6-2 O/U)
Offense: No. 7 in the league with an average of 363.3 yards per game.
Defense: No. 8 in the league with an average of 431.7 yards per game.
Top 5 Passers
- Henry Burris (Hamilton): 5367
- Anthony Calvillo (Montreal): 5082
- Travis Lulay (BC): 4231
- Kevin Glenn (Calgary): 4220
- Ricky Ray (Toronto): 4059
Top 5 Rushers
- Jon Cornish (Calgary): 1457
- Kory Sheets (Saskatchewan): 1277
- Andrew Harris (BC): 1112
- Chad Simpson (Winnipeg): 1039
- Hugh Charles (Edmonton): 887
Top 5 Receiving Yards
- Chad Owens (Toronto): 1328
- Fred Stamps (Edmonton): 1310
- Chris Williams (Hamilton): 1298
- Nik Lewis (Calgary): 1233
- Weston Dressler (Saskatchewan): 1206
2012 ATS Trends
- Away Teams: 35-41-1
- Home Teams: 41-35-1
- Favorites: 32-43-1
- Dogs: 43-32-1
- Away Favorites: 6-14-0
- Away Dogs: 29-26-1
- Home Dogs: 14-6
2012 Over vs. Under Trends
- Overtime Games: 1-0 O/U
- Non-Overtime Games: 39-35 O/U
- All Games: 40-35 O/U
- Southern Mississippi
- Dave Cokin
- September 3, 2016 - 7:30 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ 7 -110 Southern Mississippi
Here it is! Dave's very first comp selection for the brand new college football season. This line has a chance to go down off a key number, so grab it now if you're able!
I'm usually a little hesitant to back new head coaches out of the gate, but I think there's enough in play here to support a play on Southern Mississippi. Jay Hopson has done well at the FCS level, and he was formerly an assistant here at Southern Miss. I also like the fact that the new OC is Shannon Dawson, who had that job at Kentucky last season. He got fired, so there's two ways to read the situation. One is that he wasn't any good, the other is that he didn't have the personnel. But one thing for sure is that you know Dawson is going to be all-in to do some damage to the program that dumped him. That's a nice intangible. USM has the best QB in CUSA in Nick Mullens, and while the offense did lose a few important pieces, I expect the Golden Eagles to still be very productive on offense. We'll see on the defense. I don't think it's necessarily down from last year, but it probably isn't any better either.
Kentucky is already having some problems.The Wildcats are already down two projected defensive starters. For a team that lost seven of its eight leading tacklers from 2015, this is a potentially big hit. I think the Wildcats could have an improved offense. Eddie Gran is the new OC and he did some great work at Cincinnati. Drew Barker was unimpressive in two starts last season, but he was a pretty highly recruited QB and I suspect he'll do a better job this season. The strength of the Kentucky team will be its running game, especially with what is a very experienced OL to open holes.
This game looks like a tossup to me. I have these two teams very close in all three sets of power ratings I utilize. It's an important game for both teams. Southern Miss is an upwardly mobile program that would love to knock off an SEC opponent on the road. Kentucky hasn't been to even a minor bowl since 2010, and if Mark Stoops wants to stay off the hot seat, he needs an invite this season. That makes this almost a must win Week One game for the Wildcats. But I don't see them being a full TD better than the Golden Eagles, and with the early attrition on defense, I see the visitors having a legit shot here. I'll take the touchdown with Southern Mississippi.