The Regina Rams now control their own destiny when it comes to finishing first out west thanks to their big win over the Manitoba Bisons this weekend, coupled with Saskatchewan's victory over the Calgary Dinos. In the third game of the week, Alberta's faltering playoff hopes took another hit after UBC came into Edmonton and downed the Bears.
With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus.
The weekend got kicked off Friday night in Saskatoon where the number-two ranked Dinos looked to redeem their season opening loss to the number-eight Huskies.
That, however, wouldn't be the case for Calgary who wound up on the short end of a 36-17 score. With the win Saskatchewan improved to 4-2 on the season, while Calgary fell to 4-2. The Huskies now own the tiebreaker with the Dinos after winning both meetings this season.
Quarterback Laurence Nixon and his 271 yards passing, including two touchdown strikes, helped propel Saskatchewan to their third consecutive win.
Rookie Eric Dzwilewski got the start for Calgary before being replaced by Erik Glavic who came into the game to start the second half. Glavic - who hadn't played since suffering a knee injury in the season opener against the Huskies - went 6-of-7 for 86 yards in the loss.
With Calgary's loss, the Regina Rams went into their game against the Manitoba Bisons in search of sole possession of first place in the conference, and by the time things were all said and done in the Peg, the Rams would be alone atop the conference.
The nation's second leading rusher, Adrian Charles, had a monster day for the Rams, rumbling for 222 yards in the 41-19 rout of the Herd Saturday afternoon.
Manitoba took an 18-10 lead into halftime before Regina came out and scored 31 points in the second half to secure the convincing victory.
Regina will face Calgary next weekend at home, before wrapping up their conference schedule on the road against Saskatchewan.
In the third and final game of the weekend the Alberta Golden Bears saw their once promising season take a hit for the fourth consecutive week, falling at home to UBC 32-28.
It was a crushing blow for the Bears, who held a slim two point lead with less than two minutes to go in the game, but couldn't hang on for the victory.
Perry Harder's 32-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left in the game capped off the scoring, and snatched victory away from Alberta who fell to 0-3 at home on the season.
K.K. Sonuga led the way for Alberta offensively with 156-yards rushing and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for the Bears who now sit at 2-4 on the season.
The T-Birds and Bears now sit with identical 2-4 records, with the race for fourth place in the conference a virtual dead heat now between the two sides.
The Bears host Manitoba next weekend, while UBC is home to Saskatchewan.