Today's Free Picks for
BEST LINES: BET 365 under 9½ -110 5DIMES under 9½ -110
Posted on June 16 before the first game of season.
7:00 PM EST. For the first time, the CFL's entire opening week is being broadcast on ESPN 2. That's a big deal for many of the American players in this league, perhaps the most high profile being Hamilton's Johnny Manziel. "Johnny Football," as he is known south of the border, is something of an enigma going back to his run and gun days at Texas A&M. However, problems on and off the field had Manziel flame out early in his NFL career after the Browns took a chance on him in the first round of the 2014 draft. Manziel has always had vocal backers, who insist he can play at football's highest level, but he has a long way to go. While his redemption story will begin with him holding a clipboard for the Tiger-Cats, head coach June Jones didn't go out on a limb and recruit Johnny Football to play second fiddle. Sure, CFL veteran Jeremiah Masoli will begin the season as the starter, but he may be given a short leash, as the upside of Manziel is just too appealing on and off the field for Hamilton. Those #2 jerseys aren't going to sell themselves.
Expectations are obviously high in Hamilton as well because the East Division appears to be wide open once again. The Ti-Cats are pegged to win 9½ games at some books, but that number is just too high. Hamilton starts its season with two tough road games out West with this Week 1 showdown in Calgary being followed up by an equally difficult contest in Edmonton next Friday night. The Ti-Cats then come home for one game against the Blue Bombers before heading back out to the prairies for a Week 4 date in Regina. Hamilton could easily be in a big hole at 0-4 or 1-3 before taking their first bye in Week 5. Play: Hamilton to go under 9½ -110 (Risking 2.2 units to win 2).
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Hamilton under 9½ -110 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.20)