Most eyes will be focused on the pivots for each team in this game. Bo Levi Mitchell will be playing in his third consecutive Grey Cup and could win the Most Outstanding Player award after having a stellar regular season. However, while not as flashy as Mitchell, Harris’s game can’t be ignored.
Harris enters the game, his first Grey Cup, having had a near perfect day (29-32 for 367 yards and six touchdowns). But he isn’t a one-game wonder. Over his last seven starts, he has thrown 17 touchdown passes to just two interceptions.
In the two regular-season matchups, neither pivot was able to have a good day. But while Mitchell wasn’t good, Harris was absolutely dreadful. He barely completed half of his passes for 228 total yards one touchdown and three interceptions.
However, while Mitchell played better, his game wasn’t stellar either.
But Harris has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league from a statistical perspective for much of the season. Those two games came within the first five weeks.
TOUCHDOWN OTTAWA! Brad Sinopoli (@BSinopoli) grabs the @REDBLACKS first touchdown in almost nine quarters, a 13-yard pass from Trevor Harris!@BCLions 🦁 22 – #RNation 🔴⚫️ 19 | #CFLGameDay pic.twitter.com/haPkzaNTVk— CFL on TSN (@CFLonTSN) July 21, 2018
So—who’s going to win?
The easy thing to do would be to look at the dominance Calgary had in the first two games and say they’ll do it again. But Ottawa has gotten a lot better since then. Calgary is a great team as well, but they have had to battle through a slew of injuries.
Defence will win the day in this game much like the first two meetings between these two this season, but there will be more offence generated this time.
Take Ottawa (+175.00) to win over Calgary (-210.00). If they don’t win straight up, they will win against the spread (-4.5). As for the over/under— go with the under (53).
*Odds via Bet365