The University of Saskatchewan Huskies will hold their first Saturday afternoon regular season game in six years when they host the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday, October 25.
The Canada West Universities Athletic Association released the 2014 schedule yesterday. The Huskies will play their first two games in their now familiar Friday night times, but the final two games will be played on Saturdays, with the October 4 game against UBC starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Huskies kick off the regular season at home on Friday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. with a rematch of the Canada West semi-final from last November, which the Manitoba Bisons took 37-36. The following week, the Huskies will visit the rebuilding Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton. The Bears have added almost 50 players this offseason in an effort to return to the playoffs. The Bears last won a regular season game on October 23, 2010.
The Calgary Dinos, who have won six straight Hardy trophies as Canada West Champions, will pay the Huskies a visit on Friday, September 19 for the annual homecoming game. The Huskies will be looking to snap their five-game losing streak to the Dinos and secure their first win against them in almost four years.
The following Saturday, the Huskies will play their only game of the year against intraprovincial rivals, the Regina Rams. This will be a homecoming for several Huskies, including several of the top Regina Intercollegiate Football League players from 2013. The Huskies won both matches with Regina last season, making the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year while Regina finished out of the playoffs at 2-6.
Prior to the Thanksgiving week bye, the UBC Thunderbirds will come to Griffiths Stadium for a Saturday night tilt with the Huskies. The Huskies have won the past five regular season meetings between the teams, dating back to 2010.
Following Thanksgiving, the Huskies will travel to Winnipeg to play the explosive Bisons. The Huskies are 1-1 at Investors Group Field, taking the regular season game early last year before losing by one point in the playoffs.
The final regular season game at Griffiths will be the Saturday afternoon tilt against the Alberta Golden Bears. This game could have playoff implications as the season winds down and a big home crowd could give the Huskies the edge against what will likely be a hungry and determined Bears team.
The Huskies will finish off the regular season against UBC in Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday, November 1. The playoffs will start the following weekend, November 7 and 8, with the Canada West semi-finals, followed by the Hardy Cup on Saturday, November 15. The Canada West champion will travel to Quebec to play the RESQ champion in the Uteck Bowl on November 22 and the winner of that game will travel to Montreal to play the Mitchell Bowl champion in the 50th Vanier Cup on Saturday, November 29.
Dogs’ Breakfast and spring camp are less than a month away! If you haven’t already, purchase your tickets at the Huskies Football Foundation website.
2014 Huskie Football Schedule
Friday, September 5 vs Manitoba Bisons, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 13 at Alberta Golden Bears, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 19 vs Calgary Dinos, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 at Regina Rams, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4 vs UBC Thunderbirds, 7:00 p.m.
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND – ALL TEAMS BYE
Friday, October 17 at Manitoba Bisons, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 vs Alberta Golden Bears, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 at UBC Thunderbirds, 2:00 p.m.
November 7 or 8 – Canada West Semifinals
Saturday, November 15 – 78th Hardy Cup Final
Saturday, November 22 – CIS Uteck Bowl: Canada West at RESQ
Saturday, November 29 – CIS 50th Vanier Cup (Montreal – Percival Molson Memorial Stadium)