The Huskies are looking to end a two game skid when the TBirds come to town on Friday night. The Dogs played their best game of the season against this same UBC team a few weeks ago, and they hope to show similar form in the rematch as well. Here’s our thoughts on their final regular season home game of 2015:
1st down: How important is this game to Huskie football, and how might that be reflected in the team’s play on Friday?
Dallas: I think it’s extremely important if they have any hopes of salvaging this season. Rebounding with a win against a Blake Nill team and taking the season series over the Thunderbirds is a necessity to rebuild some confidence and gain some momentum heading into the playoffs. I’m hoping the situation they are in leads to hard, precise play and improvement in all aspects. I’m hoping to see Huskie football again.
Tom: It’s very important. A home playoff game is now an impossibility, but there’s still lots to play for: a playoff spot, avoiding their first losing season in 15 years, and the pride in proving that this Huskies team is still a dangerous foe. I’m confident that the Huskies are going to play a strong game.
2nd down: What is the key matchup on offence?
Tom: RB Tyler Chow vs. the UBC front seven. Chow is our most important weapon on offence (I give him the edge over Mitch Hillis because our RB handles the ball a lot more times than our exceptional third year slotback). Another standout performance from Tyler – with the help of his OLine – will take a lot of the pressure off of our passing game, which has been hot and cold this season.
Dallas: It will be interesting to see if we can get the run game working again. The veteran OLine was opening big holes for Chow, James and Lalonde the first half of the season. UBC has a decent front seven and they should be a good test for what I expect to be a team with a few new schemes in the playbook.
3rd down: What is the key matchup on defence?
Dallas: The Huskies really need to tighten up their pass coverage. The secondary was exposed in a big way by the Dinos with receivers open all over, especially underneath. Michael O’Connor is a good young quarterback who will be looking for those same opportunities and the Huskies have to change their scheme and take away those opportunities or they will be in for another long night (and maybe a long offseason).
Tom: I’m with you on this one Dallas: A much better performance in the secondary will be needed this week, or else the Dogs will be in serious danger of suffering their third consecutive loss. I’m hoping to see a couple of interceptions by our defenders, as the Huskies have not created a single turnover in their last two games.