CALGARY – Fresh off their big win in a top-10 clash against Regina last week, the No. 3 University of Calgary Dinos head on the road to face the University of Manitoba Bisons in Week 3 of Canada West football action.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CT at Investors Group Field. CanadaWest.tv will have exclusive streaming coverage.
Already at the season’s quarter pole, the Dinos are the highest-scoring team in the nation with their 50.5-point average and pulled away late for their 46-26 win over the Rams last Friday night at McMahon. Thanks to the aerial prowess of the Calgary offence, led by QB Adam Sinagra’s 390 average passing yards per game, the Dinos are averaging nearly 600 yards per game in total offence as they head to Winnipeg for the Bisons’ Homecoming weekend.
IGF hasn’t been the friendliest of venues to the Dinos since opening in 2013. Saturday will mark Calgary’s fourth appearance at the new stadium, from which the Dinos escaped with a 23-14 win in the season-opener last year. In 2015, the Dinos and Bisons battled to an old-fashioned shootout with Calgary taking another tight win, this one 46-38. And the year before that, in the Dinos’ first-ever appearance in the stadium, the Bisons handed them a 50-31 loss.
Sinagra will face off against Theo Deezar in the Manitoba backfield. Deezar has aired it out 82 times in the first two games of the season for a Bisons squad that has gained nearly 80 per cent of its yards through the air. The Dinos, meanwhile, have a 70-30 pass-run split when it comes to yardage, and three Calgary players – Jeshrun Antwi, Robert Stewart, and Sinagra – rank in the top 10 in rushing in the conference.
The Dinos, one of seven teams in the nation looking to remain undefeated this week, will face a big test against the also-undefeated Saskatchewan Huskies at home next week, while the Bisons will face an equally stiff challenge when they head to Regina to take on the Rams.
- First of two meetings between the Dinos and Bisons in 2017, with the return set for Oct. 14 in Calgary
- Calgary won both head-to-head meetings last year, with a 63-6 home win following a nail-biting 23-14 season-opening victory in Winnipeg
- Calgary has won nine of their last 10 meetings, but have won their last two in Winnipeg by nine and eight points, respectively, following a 50-31 loss in 2014
- It’s the third straight week the Bisons have faced a team currently ranked in the U SPORTS Top 10. Manitoba was ranked in the 10th spot to open the year, while the Dinos solidified their hold on the No. 3 position following last week’s win over Regina – even earning a first place vote.
No. 3 Calgary Dinos (2-0)
Last week: defeated Regina 46-26
Next week: play host to Saskatchewan
- QB Adam Sinagra is the nation’s top passer at this point in the season, averaging 390 yards per game and winning the head-to-head duel with Regina’s Noah Picton, the reigning Hec Crighton winner, last week
- Receiver Hunter Karl had a big week against the Regina and could be developing into the Dinos’ go-to guy with Dallas Boath injured. Karl caught a pair of TD passes and ran for a third out of a fake field goal against the Rams.
- Calgary’s defence has held firm against the Rams and the Golden Bears, allowing just 26 points to each team – with plenty of Alberta’s points coming late after the game was well out of reach. Boston Rowe leads the way with 12.5 tackles on the season, the only player in the top 10 in tackles for Calgary. Rowe and Michael Schmidt have one interception apiece on the year, while defensive lineman Matt Carson leads Canada West with two sacks on the year.
Manitoba Bisons (0-2)
Last week: lost 32-18 at UBC
Next week: at Regina
- Statistically, Manitoba’s offence has been the least productive in the conference, averaging just 345 yards and 20.6 points per game in two season-opening losses to Saskatchewan and UBC
- Running back Jamel Lyles has yet to break through offensively, with just 92 yards through the first two games, however he has been a threat in the return game with nearly 23 yards on average, including a season-high 49-yard kickoff return
- Ryley Harrison has been Deezar’s top target through the air with 123 receiving yards on nine catches, along with a touchdown.
- On defence, linebacker James Mau leads the way with 13 tackles, a sack, and two fumble recoveries, while defensive lineman Brock Gowanlock has racked up 12 tackles along with a sack.