1975 CFL season

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1975 CFL season
Playoffs
East Champions Montreal Alouettes
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos
63rd Grey Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Eskimos
  1974 CFL seasons 1976  

The 1975 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 22nd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 18th Canadian Football League season.

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CFL News in 1975

Calgary became the first city in the Canadian Prairie Provinces to host the Grey Cup championship game. The CFL changed the rules on blocking by allowing contact to be above waist level on punt returns. The two-point convert was introduced to the league, as was the option after a field goal attempt by one team (regardless of whether it was made or not) to let the opposing team either kick off or scrimmage from their own 35-yard line (the latter option was eliminated in 2009, but was reinstated the next year).

Tragedy struck the CFL on October 11, when Hamilton Tiger-Cats star defensive lineman Tom Pate suffered an aneurysm in the fourth quarter against the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. Pate never regains consciousness and would in two days die, at the age of 23. A year later, the CFLPA announced the Tom Pate Memorial Award in his honour to be awarded to the player who best personifies a unique combination of outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the league and the community.

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
Edmonton Eskimos 16124043237024
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16105137330921
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1668234038314
Calgary Stampeders 16610038736312
BC Lions 16610027633112
Eastern Football Conference
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Ottawa Rough Riders 16105139428021
Montreal Alouettes 1697035334518
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16510128439511
Toronto Argonauts 16510126132411
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Edmonton and Ottawa have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

The Edmonton Eskimos are the 1975 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Montreal Alouettes, 9–8, at Calgary's McMahon Stadium. This was the first Grey Cup game to be held in the prairies. Montreal's Steve Ferrughelli (RB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Lewis Cook (DB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence. Edmonton's Dave Cutler (K) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

 November 9: Conference Semifinals  November 16: Conference Finals  November 23: 63rd Grey Cup @ McMahon StadiumCalgary, AB
              
 East  E2 Montreal Alouettes 20 
 E3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 12  E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 10  
 E2 Montreal Alouettes 35    E2 Montreal Alouettes 8
   W1 Edmonton Eskimos 9
 West  W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 18  
 W3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24  W1 Edmonton Eskimos 30 
 W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 42 

CFL Leaders

1975 CFL All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1975 Eastern All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1975 Western All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1975 CFL Awards

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References

  1. "CFLapedia".