The playoff picture got a little clearer this weekend thanks to Saskatchewan's single point victory over Regina, while the Calgary Dinos look to be on their way to a number-one national ranking this week after another win.
Here's the second to last look at regular season action from the Canada West conference, which wraps up the regular season this coming weekend.
After a lightning quick start scoring on their first three possessions, the UBC Thunderbirds found themselves in an unlikely battle with the winless Alberta Golden Bears this past Saturday, that is until a pair of interception returns for touchdowns ended any hopes for Alberta's first win of the season.
Sam Carino and Chris Mark both took throws from new Bears quarterback Ryan Schwartz — a transfer from SFU, who sat out the first four games of the season — both in the second half, to help lift UBC to the win.
The Thunderbirds ran their record to 5-2, but aren't assured a second-place finish just yet. If Saskatchewan wins next weekend and UBC loses, the T-Birds will finish third behind the Huskies, while if both teams lose, or win UBC will take second place. Regardless, the T-Birds and Huskies will face each other in one of the conference semis.
Alberta on the other hand will be looking to do UBC a favour next weekend against Saskatchewan. The Bears will be looking to avoid their first winless season in modern Canada West history.
The Rams and Huskies didn't exactly put on a clinic for SHAW TV's game of the week Saturday night, combining for 10 fumbles and 3 interceptions. When the clock ran out, however, the Huskies came away on top with a key victory.
The two teams combined for just over 500 yards of total offence, in an abysmally executed game. The win, however, clinched Saskatchewan a playoff spot, while Regina isn't done just yet either when it comes to the postseason. The Rams can earn a playoff spot with a win against Manitoba in Winnipeg next weekend.
Next stop number-one. With a win over Manitoba to run their record to 7-0, coupled with a loss by current number-one Western Ontario, the Calgary Dinos will almost surely takeover the top spot in the nation.
Matt Walter's 141 yard performance for the Dinos against Manitoba sparked Calgary in the win, while Dinos QB Eric Dzwilewski also had a big day with 242 yards passing, 2 TDs through the air, to go along with a rushing TD.
The win overshadowed a big day from Manitoba's QB Khaleal Williams who tossed over 330 yards, but was also sacked three times.
It will be interesting to see what type of lineup head coach Blake Nill goes with this coming weekend in Vancouver against UBC in a meaningless game. Don't expect many changes from the regular look Calgary has gone with this season to start, as the Dinos would like nothing more than to keep rolling and head into the playoffs unbeaten.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
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