Talk about lopsided wins out west with the Saskatchewan Huskies absolutely annihilating the Manitoba Bisons 64-3 and the Regina Rams handing the Alberta Golden Bears a 40-8 loss this weekend.
Those downright beatdowns by the two Saskatchewan teams, along with the Calgary Dinos continuing to roll without starting quarterback Erik Glavic in the lineup en route to a 33-16 win over UBC, were the stories in a conference picture that is beginning to become clearer.
In their largest win ever over the Bisons, the Huskies racked up 603 total yards of offence and limited the lowly Herd to only 65 yards rushing. For Saskatchewan Ben Coakwell scored three first quarter touchdowns to help the Sled Dogs jump out to a 24-0 lead after 15 minutes, which would turn out to be more than enough.
Manitoba took 13 penalties totaling 119-yards, and scored their only points on a 22-yard Nick Naylor field goal in the final quarter.
It was a dominant victory for Saskatchewan who looks to be on the right track after suffering defeats in weeks two and three. The Huskies will surely climb up the top 10, and, with the win, kept pace with frontrunners Calgary and Regina.
Speaking of Calgary, the Dinos picked up their fourth win in as many weeks with their 17 point victory over the T-Birds in Calgary Saturday afternoon.
Again rookie quarterback Eric Dziwelewski guided the Dinos to victory in the absence of Glavic who remained out of the lineup with an injury he sustained in the season opener against Saskatchewan.
Calgary was dominant on the ground combining for 352 total yards rushing, including 96 from Matt Walter who punched a pair of his runs into the endzone.
In total the Dinos featured five players who had at least 40-yards on the ground including Dzwilewski who had 67-yards.
Once again Calgary proved they're capable of winning without their star QB in the lineup, getting it done with a potent rushing attack that couldn't be slowed by UBC.
In the final game of the weekend the surprising Regina Rams continued to take care of business by stomping the Alberta Golden Bears at Mosaic Stadium in Regina with a balanced offensive attack.
Starting QB Marc Mueller - who has blossomed this season in his second campaign as the Rams' #1 - threw for 274-yards including two passing TDs, and rushed for another 75 including two TDs, while Adrian Charles had another strong week at the running back position with 104 yards and a TD.
Mueller was explosive for the Rams and protected the football by not surrendering a single interception or fumble on the night.
As for Alberta, the offensive woes continued for the Green and Gold. After scoring only two offensive TDs over the course of their last two games (both at home), the Bears laid an offensive egg in Regina with their only points coming first off a safety in the third quarter, and then a 98-yard kickoff return from Randon Ralph.
By the time Ralph had finally scored a major for Alberta, the game was more than over with less than 10 minutes remaining and the score 40-8.
Regina once again proved they are an explosive, well balanced team, and were led by Canada West MVP candidate Marc Mueller whose stats rival those of fifth-year Laurence Nixon at the QB position.
The Regina defence shouldn't be left out of the conversation either, as they've surrendered the fewest points in the conference (75) and feature the conference's best pass, and rush defence.
Right now it's shaping up as a three horse race between Calgary, Regina, and Saskatchewan with the 2-3 Bears in the driver's seat for the fourth playoff berth, with 1-4 UBC and Manitoba only a game back.