1974 CFL season

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The 1974 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 21st season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 17th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1974

The Eastern Conference extended its regular season schedule from 14 to 16 games in 1974. The Western Football Conference had been playing a 16-game schedule since 1952. ORFU, which had not competed for the Grey Cup in 20 seasons and had dropped to amateur status, ceased to exist. The Montreal Alouettes change their colours to red, white and blue, and adopt the triangular logo with the Montreal colours in it on a navy blue helmet.

The first and (as of 2017) only players' strike in league history occurred during training camp. The strike was settled prior to the beginning of the regular season. No games were cancelled as a result of the dispute. It was this strike, which coincided with a similarly timed strike in the National Football League, which brought into existence the World Football League, a potential rival league to both the NFL and CFL, and one of the WFL's teams was to be placed in Toronto. In retaliation, Canadian Parliament introduced (but never passed) the Canadian Football Act, which would have given the CFL a government-enforced monopoly on professional football in Canada. The spectre of the bill prompted the Toronto franchise owner to relocate his team to the U.S. before it began play, and the only presence the WFL would ever have in Canada was a single game in London, Ontario, a city where the CFL had (and still has today) no direct presence.

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
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 16 10 5 1 345 247 21
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 9 7 0 305 289 18
BC Lions 16 8 8 0 306 299 16
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 8 8 0 258 350 16
Calgary Stampeders 16 6 10 0 285 305 12
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Montreal Alouettes 16 9 5 2 339 271 20
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 7 9 0 261 271 14
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 7 9 0 279 313 14
Toronto Argonauts 16 6 9 1 281 314 13
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Edmonton and Montreal have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

The Montreal Alouettes are the 1974 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos, 20–7, at Vancouver's Empire Stadium. Montreal's Sonny Wade (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Junior Ah You (DE) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence. Montreal's Don Sweet (K) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

  November 10: Division Semifinals     November 17: Division Finals     November 23: 62nd Grey Cup @ Empire StadiumVancouver, BC
  East     E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 4  
  E3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 19     E1 Montreal Alouettes 14    
  E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 21         E1 Montreal Alouettes 20
      W1 Edmonton Eskimos 7
  West     W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 27    
  W3 BC Lions 14     W1 Edmonton Eskimos 31  
  W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 24  

CFL Leaders

1974 CFL All-Stars



1974 Eastern All-Stars



1974 Western All-Stars



1974 CFL Awards


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