Saturday, September 14, 5:00 p.m.
Broadcasts available: Radio – www.ck750.com (pregame show at 4:30 p.m.)
Records coming in: Huskies: 2-0, first in Canada West, won 36-34 in Manitoba last weekend (ranked sixth in the FRC-CIS Football Top Ten); Calgary 2-0, first in Canada West, won 34-27 in Regina last week (ranked fifth in the FRC-CIS Football Top Ten).
Head to head history: Saskatchewan has 9 regular season wins to Calgary’s four since 2003.
What’s on the line: Possibly home field advantage in the playoffs.
I know – it’s week three. But considering how close all the teams seem to be this year, every game counts and it could come down to one game. Since this is the first of two games these two will play this year, every point will also be important.
The Huskies have a little extra on the line. The last game these two played, the Dinos put a 45-4 beating on the Huskies. For the green guys, there is a lot of pride on the line.
Back-to-back wins on the road against their two toughest opponents in the conference would make a big statement and will finally open some eyes across the country.
Roster moves: The Huskies will be without cornerback Travoy Martinez for a few weeks as he recovers from a broken collar bone. Jerit Lambert may make his season debut with the Huskies. Right guard Lane Bryksa will be serving a one-game suspension for a hit in the week one game against the Rams.
What to expect:
To tell you the truth, I’m not sure what to expect. Both of these teams have looked hot and cold through their first two games. The Huskies played, arguably, the toughest opponent of the three these teams have faced, last week in Manitoba. At the same time, the Dinos have been on the road for three games straight, including their non-conference game in Laval, and have won the two that counted.
The Huskies look to have the better team on paper, but they will be playing their second game in a row on the road, this one against the defending Hardy Cup champion. They haven’t quite hit their stride on offence yet, while looking good with their run defence and bad on with their pass defence.
If they can take positive steps and improve a little bit in each area, it may be enough to take this game from the Dinos. The Dinos will be pumped up and ready to play their first home game and will certainly come out firing and looking to set a physical tone. If the Huskies can match that physicality and execute on offence, they will stand a good chance at starting the season 3-0.
This will be a good test for both teams. The Dinos certainly have some big-play ability, and the Huskies have shown they are susceptible to that, especially through the air. On the other side, the Huskies have shown they are able to deliver a balanced attack and wear defences down. The Huskies have also shown they can shut down, or at least limit, potent rushing games, something the Dinos have relied on through their first two games.
Whatever happens on Saturday, I don’t think it will be a blowout. Both of these teams are conscious of the fact that they play again in three weeks and that the point differential of the combined games may be more important in the end if they end up splitting the series. This means that those Huskie fans who would like to see a less conservative approach from the typically conservative Huskies may be disappointed with a lot of this game.
Even though Calgary is a tough place to play, this is the Huskies’ best chance to come out with a win since 2010. Hopefully they pull out all the stops and do what it takes to move to 3-0.
Go, Dogs, go!