|1974 Ottawa Rough Riders season|
|Head coach||George Brancato|
|Home field||Lansdowne Park|
|Division place||2nd, East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Eastern Final|
The 1974 Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with a 7–9 record. Head coach Jack Gotta left the Rough Riders to become the head coach of the Birmingham Americans in the World Football League.
|A||July 3||at Calgary Stampeders||29–20||Win||1–0|
|A||July 5||at Edmonton Eskimos||26–25||Win||2–0|
|B||July 10||vs. BC Lions||28–27||Win||3–0|
|C||July 18||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||27–16||Win||4–0|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||16||7||9||0||261||271||14|
|1||July 25||at Toronto Argonauts||19–3||Loss||0–1|
|2||July 31||at Montreal Alouettes||20–17||Loss||0–2|
|3||Aug 6||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||30–25||Win||1–2|
|4||Aug 13||vs. Montreal Alouettes||27–14||Win||2–2|
|4||Aug 19||at Edmonton Eskimos||23–6||Loss||2–3|
|5||Aug 22||at BC Lions||9–4||Win||3–3|
|6||Sept 2||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||11–10||Loss||3–4|
|7||Sept 7||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||16–10||Loss||3–5|
|8||Sept 14||vs. Calgary Stampeders||16–9||Loss||3–6|
|9||Sept 19||at Toronto Argonauts||29–12||Win||4–6|
|9||Sept 22||vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||24–6||Win||5–6|
|10||Sept 29||vs. Toronto Argonauts||19–7||Loss||5–7|
|11||Oct 6||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||33–21||Win||6–7|
|12||Oct 12||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||27–10||Win||7–7|
|13||Oct 20||vs. Montreal Alouettes||28–0||Loss||7–8|
|15||Nov 2||at Montreal Alouettes||27–20||Loss||7–9|
|East Semi-Final||Nov 10||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||21–19||Win||8–9|
|East Final||Nov 17||at Montreal Alouettes||14–4||Loss||8–10|
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