|1970 Ottawa Rough Riders season|
|Head coach||Jack Gotta|
|Home field||Lansdowne Park|
|Division place||4th, East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1970 Ottawa Rough Riders finished the season in 4th place in the Eastern Conference with a 4–10 record in their first season without Frank Clair as head coach after he served 14 seasons in that capacity. Jack Gotta, who was an assistant with Ottawa from 1967 to 1969 became head coach.The Rough Riders finished the season out of the playoffs and failed to defend their back-to-back Grey Cup titles.
|A||July 8||at Toronto Argonauts||28–9||Loss||0–1|
|A||July 13||vs. Calgary Stampeders||26–17||Loss||0–2|
|B||July 20||vs. Montreal Alouettes||15–8||Loss||0–2|
|C||July 23||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||27–20||Win||1–3|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||14||4||10||0||255||279||8|
|1||July 29||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||17–15||Loss||0–1|
|3||Aug 11||vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||24–1||Loss||0–2|
|5||Aug 25||at Edmonton Eskimos||31–23||Win||1–2|
|5||Aug 27||at BC Lions||32–30||Loss||1–3|
|6||Sept 2||vs. Montreal Alouettes||31–7||Win||2–3|
|6||Sept 7||vs. Toronto Argonauts||37–21||Loss||2–4|
|7||Sept 13||at Toronto Argonauts||30–25||Loss||2–5|
|8||Sept 19||vs. Calgary Stampeders||9–1||Win||3–5|
|9||Sept 27||at Montreal Alouettes||16–15||Loss||3–6|
|10||Oct 3||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||15–0||Loss||3–7|
|11||Oct 12||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||24–17||Loss||3–8|
|12||Oct 17||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||22–15||Loss||3–9|
|13||Oct 24||at Montreal Alouettes||28–12||Win||4–9|
|14||Oct 31||at Toronto Argonauts||19–17||Loss||4–10|
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