2012 CFL Season Preview

The 2012 CFL regular season will get underway in about a month. Teams still have two preseason games to play before the regular season starts. Players have already arrived to training camps for the CFL season and I can't wait for the action to begin. The CFL may not be the most popular football league, but it's on before the NFL or NCAAF.

Toronto Argonauts

Last year the Toronto Argonauts had a horrible season. They finished with a 6-12 record during the regular season and they didn't make the playoffs. This year the Argos have a lot of pressure to perform because the 2012 CFL Grey Cup is going to be played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

With Toronto hosting the Grey Cup fans expect the team to play well enough during the season to have a shot at playing in the championship game. I actually think the Argos are sleepers in the East Division this season because they went out and made some huge off-season moves that will instantly help the team become better on the field.

Toronto signed a new head coach and they also signed QB Ricky Ray. Ricky Ray came over in a trade from the Edmonton Eskimos and it's clear that the Argos ended up with the best side of that deal. Jyles may develop into a better QB in time, but Ray will help the Argos become contenders during the 2012 CFL season.

BC Lions

In the West Division I think the BC Lions are going to have no problem advancing into the playoffs. Last season the Lions actually won the Grey Cup and they'll be looking to repeat this season. A lot of the same players on the Lions team will be back this year including QB Lulay who had a marvelous season in 2011.

BC struggled last season in the early going, but once the season got going the team started to gel together and win games. Now that the same team is coming back this year I expect a full season effort from this team. I know the Lions want to repeat and I think they have enough talent on the team to make it to the Grey Cup.

The CFL is wide open this year and anyone could win the 100th Grey Cup. I actually like the Argonauts and Lions, but it's so wide open that there isn't a clear favourite like in some years past. Montreal will be average this season and the Stampeders are also going to be missing some key players once the regular season starts.

This article was written by Scott Jack who is a Canadian sports handicapper. You can read a detailed analysis of the 2012 CFL Grey Cup Futures markets at his sports blog.