Esk daily playoff primer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are the biggest longshots in the race to win the Grey Cup, according to at least one online sports betting website.

The Green and Gold are listed at +1800 to win the Grey Cup at bowmans.com.

In other words, if you wager $100 on the Eskimos and they win the CFL championship, you get $1,800 in return.

No other team in the CFL post-season offers such high odds on the Bowmans' betting board, which closes on Saturday.

In order of the favourite to the longest shot, here are the odds to win the Grey Cup on the Bowmans site:

Montreal -- +125

Calgary -- +150

Saskatchewan -- +700

B.C. -- +900

Winnipeg -- +1600

Edmonton -- +1800.

Many online gaming sites haven't posted a betting line for Saturday's Edmonton-Winnipeg East Division semifinal cross-over playoff game.

It's expected that several sites will post those odds later this week. However, one online sports book -- thegreek.com -- has listed Winnipeg as the favourite for Saturday's game by 2.5 points.

QUICK HIT

Edmonton rookie special teams starter Justin Cooper is undefeated in his last three playoff games at Canad Inns Stadium.

As a member of the University of Manitoba Bisons, Cooper won all three post-season games at the Winnipeg field last year.

The Eskimos and Bombers will battle on the same surface on Saturday.

And regardless of where Cooper's CFL season ends this fall, he will return to Winnipeg in the winter.

"I am going back (to Winnipeg) right after football is done here," said Cooper.

That's because he's enrolled in five classes at the U of M next semester.

FAST STAT

For just the second time, the crossover team heading to the East Division semifinal has a winning record. At 10-8, the Eskimos are about to play the fifth post-season cross-over game in CFL history.

The home team has won every crossover tilt.


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