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Canada West to kick off 2018 football season on Labour Day weekend

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Alberta Golden Bears vs. Saskatchewan Huskies
The Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies face each other in the opening weekend of the 2018 Canada West football season. (Don Voaklander/Alberta Golden Bears photo)

EDMONTON (from Canada West) – The 2018 Canada West football season kicks off Labour Day weekend, as the conference unveiled the upcoming season’s weekly matchups Tuesday.

Canada West’s complete football schedule featuring specific dates and times will be unveiled April 10.

Week 1 of the conference season kicks off Labour Day weekend when all six Canada West teams hit the turf for the first time. The conference schedule concludes the second weekend of November when the 82nd Hardy Cup takes to the field.

In terms of highlights, there are several on the conference schedule once again this season, including a double-dip in the Calgary Dinos and UBC Thunderbirds rivalry.

After last season’s epic Hardy Cup, which saw Calgary earn a thrilling 44-43 win over UBC on Niko DiFonte’s last-second 59-yard field goal, the Dinos and T-Birds renew their rivalry twice this season – Week 2 in Calgary and Week 4 in Vancouver.

Along with that rivalry, Wheat Province foes Saskatchewan and Regina will face each other twice this season. The Huskies host the Rams Week 4 in Saskatoon, while Regina returns the favour Week 8 when Saskatchewan travels to Mosaic Stadium.

Like the Huskies-Rams and Dinos-Thunderbirds, the Alberta Golden Bears and Manitoba Bisons draw each other twice on the 2018 schedule. Alberta, who is coming off the program’s first playoff appearance since 2010, travels to Manitoba Week 3, while the Bisons head to Edmonton the following week.

The conference will once again take a break during the Thanksgiving weekend (first weekend of October), with the regular season concluding the final weekend of October.

Hardy Cup playoff action opens the first weekend of November with the semifinals, before the 82nd Hardy Cup a week later.

2018 Canada West football weekly matchups
Week 1

Manitoba vs. UBC / Vancouver, B.C. / Thunderbird Stadium

Calgary vs. Regina / Regina, Sask. / Mosaic Stadium

Alberta vs. Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask. / Griffiths Stadium

Week 2

Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man. / Investors Group Field

Regina vs. Alberta / Edmonton, Alta. / Foote Field

UBC vs. Calgary / Calgary, Alta. / McMahon Stadium

Week 3

Alberta vs. Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man. / Investors Group Field

UBC vs. Regina / Regina, Sask. / Mosaic Stadium

Calgary vs. Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask. / Griffiths Stadium

Week 4

Manitoba vs. Alberta / Edmonton, Alta. / Foote Field
Regina vs. Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask. / Griffiths Stadium
Calgary vs. UBC / Vancouver, B.C. / Thunderbird Stadium

Week 5

Regina vs. Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man. / Investors Group Field
Saskatchewan vs. Calgary / Calgary, Alta. / McMahon Stadium
UBC vs. Alberta / Edmonton, Alta. / Foote Field

Conference bye

Thanksgiving weekend – first weekend of October

Week 6

Manitoba vs. Calgary / Calgary, Alta. / McMahon Stadium
Alberta vs. Regina / Regina, Sask. / Mosaic Stadium
Saskatchewan vs. UBC / Vancouver, B.C. / Thunderbird Stadium

Week 7

Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask. / Griffiths Stadium
Regina vs. Calgary / Calgary, Alta. / McMahon Stadium
Alberta vs. UBC / Vancouver, B.C. / Thunderbird Stadium

Week 8

UBC vs. Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man. / Investors Group Field
Saskatchewan vs. Regina / Regina, Sask. / Mosaic Stadium
Calgary vs. Alberta / Edmonton, Alta. / Foote Field

Hardy Cup playoffs 

Semifinals – first weekend of November (No. 3 @ No. 2 / No. 4 @ No. 1)
82nd Hardy Cup – second weekend of November (highest remaining seed)

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