2023 CFL season preview
The GIST: Two hundred days after the Toronto Argonauts hoisted the Grey Cup in Saskatchewan last November, a new CFL season kicks off with the Calgary Stampeders hosting the BC Lions tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET. Let’s go, eh?
How it works: Running from June to October, the league’s nine teams (split into the East and West Divisions) will play 18 regular-season games over a 21-week window, before six teams advance to the single-elimination playoffs.
- While it’s likely those six playoff teams will be the top three teams from each division, thanks to the “crossover” rule, a fourth-seed team can qualify instead of the third-place team in the other division if they earned more points in the regular season. Fair is fair.
The favorites: The West’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers fell just short of a third-straight Grey Cup last season, but with 2022 Most Outstanding Player Zach Collaros back at quarterback (QB), the ’Peg is shaping up to be the best in the West, and perhaps the entire league, yet again.