|1953 Ottawa Rough Riders season|
|Head coach||Clem Crowe|
|Home field||Lansdowne Park|
|Division place||3rd, IRFU|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1953 Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 3rd place in the IRFU with a 7–7 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
|A||Aug 15||at Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18–11||Loss||0–1|
|A||Aug 17||at Edmonton Eskimos||12–9||Loss||0–2|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||14||7||7||0||266||238||14|
|1||Aug 29||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||14–10||Loss||0–1|
|2||Sept 5||vs. Montreal Alouettes||26–6||Win||1–1|
|3||Sept 12||at Toronto Argonauts||20–16||Win||2–1|
|4||Sept 16||vs. Montreal Alouettes||22–13||Win||3–1|
|4||Sept 20||at Montreal Alouettes||37–21||Loss||3–2|
|5||Sept 26||vs. Toronto Argonauts||18–17||Loss||3–3|
|6||Oct 3||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||31–6||Win||4–3|
|7||Oct 10||vs. Montreal Alouettes||24–6||Loss||4–4|
|7||Oct 11||at Montreal Alouettes||26–18||Loss||4–5|
|8||Oct 17||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||33–24||Loss||4–6|
|9||Oct 25||at Montreal Alouettes||30–15||Win||5–6|
|10||Oct 31||at Toronto Argonauts||20–8||Win||6–6|
|11||Nov 7||vs. Toronto Argonauts||13–4||Win||7–6|
|12||Nov 14||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||18–8||Loss||7–7|
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