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Four Huskie football games broadcast on Shaw this fall

The Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Shaw Communications announced their 2012 broadcast schedule today. Shaw will telecast eight games this year, half of those involving the Huskies.

The Huskies make their first appearance on Shaw on Saturday, September 15 when they play the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. The Huskies will be appearing the next weekend, as well, when they play host to the Regina Rams on Friday, September 21 at Griffiths Stadium.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies will have half their regular season games televised this season (photo by Liam Richards)

Shaw will be televising their third Huskie Football game in a row when the Dogs visit the Calgary Dinos on Saturday, September 29. The Huskies will close out the regular season telecasts when they host UBC on Friday, October 26. Shaw will also be telecasting the Canada West semi-final playoff games on the weekend of November 2 and 3.

Here is the news release from Canada West and a complete broadcast schedule:

EDMONTON – Canada West Athletics is proud to announce the conference’s 2012 weekly football television broadcast schedule.

Eight live games highlight the regular season schedule will be broadcast on Shaw TV, along with both Hardy Cup semifinals also on the slate.

Each of the conference’s six teams will get the chance to show their talents before a live Shaw TV audience, with the Saskatchewan Huskies and UBC Thunderbirds each making four appearances. The Regina Rams and Calgary Dinos are featured in three contests, while Manitoba and Alberta are on the schedule once each.

The league’s two semifinal games will also be shown as teams try to qualify for the 76th annual Hardy Cup on November 13 and, ultimately, a berth at the 48th Vanier Cup championship in Toronto.

On Saturday, September 1st the four-time defending Canada West champion Calgary Dinos host the Regina Rams in a big early-season match-up. The Rams are eager to bounce back after a season-long injury sidelined starting quarterback Marc Mueller in 2011.

In a short, eight-game season every game can have big playoff implications whether gunning for first place or hoping to squeeze into the top four. The season’s second Shaw TV event features the UBC Thunderbirds in Regina to face the Rams on Friday, September 7th. The T-Birds could have fifth-year eligible QB and 2011 Hec Crighton Award winner Billy Greene behind centre for another season.

The Huskies-Thunderbirds date on the afternoon of September 15th is another match-up of top stars, with head coach Brian Towriss always fielding a strong roster and perennial title contender.

A Rams-Huskies provincial rival (Sept. 21) and always-entertaining Huskies-Dinos game concludes the first half of the television schedule heading into a bye week for all teams.

The final three conference season games include Calgary at Alberta (Oct. 12), UBC at Manitoba (Oct. 20) and UBC at Saskatchewan (Oct. 26). Exact teams and times for the November 2-3 Hardy Cup playoff semifinals will be determined at the conclusion of the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Sat. Sep. 1 Regina @ Calgary 5:00 Shaw TV
Fri. Sep. 7 UBC @ Regina 7:00 Shaw TV
Sat. Sep. 15 Saskatchewan @ UBC 2:00 Shaw TV
Fri. Sept. 21 Regina @ Saskatchewan 7:00 Shaw TV
Sat. Sep. 29 Saskatchewan @ Calgary 5:00 Shaw TV
Sat Oct. 6 BYE
Fri. Oct. 12 Calgary @ Alberta 7:00 Shaw TV
Sat Oct. 20 UBC @ Manitoba 1:00 Shaw TV
Fri. Oct. 26 UBC @ Saskatchewan 7:00 Shaw TV

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