Past Grey Cup MVPs Show CFL’s Strong California to Canada Pipeline

Past Grey Cup MVPs Show CFL’s Strong California to Canada Pipeline
By Cecil Peters
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The Canadian Football League regular season is drawing to a close, which means the playoffs are right around the corner for Ontario sports betting.

At the end of the playoffs? The Grey Cup, the CFL’s final game to determine the champion for the season. Additionally, at the end of the big game the CFL awards the Grey Cup MVP trophy to the game’s top player. But where do these MVP’s typically come from?

OntarioBets.com utilized the official website of the CFL, cfl.ca, to gather information on all Grey Cup MVP’s since 1991 to find the percentage and odds of each Canadian province or U.S. state to produce the MVP.

 
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Odds of a State/Provence Producing a Grey Cup MVP

State/Province Percentage of MVPs Odds to Produce MVP
🏈 California29.03%+244
🏈 Florida9.68%+933
🏈 Maryland9.68%+933
🏈 New Jersey6.45%+1450
🏈 Oklahoma6.45%+1450
🏈 Texas6.45%+1450
🏈 Connecticut3.23%+2996
🏈 Louisiana3.23%+2996
🏈 New York3.23%+2996
🏈 North Carolina3.23%+2996
🏈 Montana3.23%+2996
🏈 Ohio3.23%+2996
🏈 Oregon3.23%+2996
🏈 Washington3.23%+2996
🏈 Manitoba, Ontario3.23%+2996
Odds provided by OntarioBets.com and not available for wagering. Odds based on Grey Cup MVPs since 1991.

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Grey Cup MVPs Mostly American Made

There have been 31 Grey Cup MVP awards handed since 1991 and as the chart above shows, most of them come from the U.S.

With so many of the Grey Cup MVPs being the winning team's quarterback, and so many of the league’s quarterbacks coming from the U.S. this makes a ton of sense. Looking at the data, players from California have a clear edge when it comes to being Grey Cup MVPs with eight nominations, ahead of Florida and Maryland who have three apiece.

Maryland’s three all came from legendary quarterback Doug Flutie, who won the award in 1992, 1996 and 1997. The only Canadian to have won the award was Andrew Harris of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2019, as he led his hometown team to the Grey Cup title with 134 yards rushing and two total touchdowns.

The CFL also hands out a Most Outstanding Canadian award at the end of each Grey Cup game, and Ontario leads the way with 11 MOC awards, ahead of British Columbia at six.

Going into the 2022 playoffs there are plenty of candidates who could emerge on Ontario betting apps and win the award.

With QB’s winning the award so often, last year’s winner Zach Collaros of the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers has to be the most likely to win it, which would give Ohio their second straight MVP. BetMGM Sportsbook Ontario currently lists Winnipeg as +110 to win this year’s Grey Cup.

If Canadian QB Nathan Rourke can recover from a foot injury in time for the playoffs, he would have a great chance at the award as his BC Lions were 8-1 with him in the lineup earlier this year.

Finally, to no one’s surprise, the state of California will have a chance to add to their impressive total, with starting QB’s on a couple of likely playoff teams as well. Will a Californian quarterback once again be the Grey Cup MVP or will another state or province defy the odds?

That question will be answered on Nov. 20 in Regina, Sask., as the 109th Grey Cup gets played.

 
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Cecil Peters
Senior Betting Analyst

Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for OntarioBets.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports teams in Canada, with a focus on Toronto's favorite players and teams including the Raptors, Blue Jays & Maple Leafs.