1968 CFL season

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1968 CFL season
Playoffs
East Champions Ottawa Rough Riders
West Champions Calgary Stampeders
56th Grey Cup
ChampionsOttawa Rough Riders
  1967 CFL seasons 1969  

The 1968 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 15th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 11th Canadian Football League season.

Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

Canadian football Canadian sport in which opposing teams of twelve players attempt to score by advancing a ball by running, passing and kicking

Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (101 m) long and 65 yards (59 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area.

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CFL News in 1968

J.G. (Jake) Gaudaur was appointed CFL Commissioner and the league adopted a new constitution. Gaudaur would serve in that position until 1984; he is the league's longest-tenured commissioner.

Jacob Gill "Jake" Gaudaur, Jr., was a Canadian Football League (CFL) player, executive, and commissioner. His 45-year career in Canadian football, including 16 years as the league's fourth commissioner, oversaw the start of the modern era of professional Canadian football. As an amateur artist, Gauduar made two important contributions, designing both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats "Leaping Tiger" logo, as well as an early version of the CFL logo.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Ted Watkins was shot and killed while allegedly robbing a liquor store in California, shortly before the start of the CFL season.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Canadian Football League team from Hamilton, Ontario

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a professional Canadian football team based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They are currently members of the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Tiger-Cats play their home games at Tim Hortons Field. They were founded in 1869 as the Hamilton Football Club. In 1950, the Tigers merged with cross-town upstart Hamilton Wildcats and adopted the nickname "Tiger-Cats".

Ted Watkins was a Canadian football player who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Rough Riders. He won the Grey Cup with Hamilton in 1967. He previously played college football at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Western Football Conference
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16123134522325
Calgary Stampeders 16106041224920
Edmonton Eskimos 1687122828817
BC Lions 1641112173189
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1631302103746
Eastern Football Conference
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Ottawa Rough Riders 1493241627120
Toronto Argonauts 1495028426618
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1467126229213
Montreal Alouettes 143922343278
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Saskatchewan and Ottawa have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1968

Conference Semi-Finals

Eastern Semi-Finals
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Toronto Argonauts
DateAwayHome
November 9 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 21 Toronto Argonauts 33
Western Semi-Finals
Edmonton Eskimos @ Calgary Stampeders
DateAwayHome
November 10 Edmonton Eskimos 13 Calgary Stampeders 29

Conference Finals

Western Finals
Calgary Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders
GameDateAwayHome
1November 16 Calgary Stampeders 32 Saskatchewan Roughriders 0
2 (OT)November 20 Saskatchewan Roughriders 12 Calgary Stampeders 25
Calgary wins the best of three series 2–0
Eastern Finals
Ottawa Rough Riders vs Toronto Argonauts
GameDateAwayHome
1November 17 Ottawa Rough Riders 11 Toronto Argonauts 13
2November 24 Toronto Argonauts 14 Ottawa Rough Riders 36
Ottawa won 2 game total-point series 47–27

Playoff bracket

 Division Semifinals  Division Finals   56th Grey Cup
              
 East  E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 47
(11+36)
 
 E2 Toronto Argonauts 33  E2 Toronto Argonauts 27
(13+14)
  
 E3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 21    E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 24
   W2 Calgary Stampeders 21
 West  W1 Saskatchewan Roughriders 0
(0,12)
  
 W2 Calgary Stampeders 29  W2 Calgary Stampeders 2
(32,25)
 
 W3 Edmonton Eskimos 13 

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Grey Cup Championship

November 30

56th Annual Grey Cup Game: CNE StadiumToronto, Ontario

Western Champion Eastern Champion
Calgary Stampeders 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 24
The Ottawa Rough Riders are the 1968 Grey Cup Champions

CFL Leaders

1968 CFL All-Stars

Offence

Russell Stanley Jackson, OC, is a former professional Canadian football player. Jackson spent his entire 12-year professional football career with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He is a member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and has been described as the best Canadian-born quarterback to play in the CFL. In 2006, Jackson was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#8) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN, the highest-ranked Canadian-born player on the list.

George Reed (Canadian football) Player of American and Canadian football

George Robert Reed, CM, SOM, is a former American college football and Canadian Football League player. Reed, along with Mike Pringle and Johnny Bright, is one of the players most often mentioned as being the greatest running back in CFL history. In November 2006, Reed was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#2) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Bill Symons is a former professional Canadian football running back with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Defence

Eddie Lee McQuarters is a former defensive tackle for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1966–1974. McQuarters was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

John LaGrone is a former professional Canadian football player with the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos.

Billy Ray Locklin is a former American football defensive lineman who played ten seasons in the Canadian Football League for two different teams. He was a CFL All Star three times.

1968 Eastern All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1968 Western All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1968 CFL Awards

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References

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