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Canada West: #11 Alberta Golden Bears (2-0) at #3 Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0) Preview, Players to Watch, Prediction, U Sports Football Week 4

#11 Alberta Golden Bears(2-0) at #3 Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0) 7 PM CST

Date/Location: Friday, September 15/ Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon, SK

Kickoff Time: 7 PM CST (8 PM ET, 5 PM PT)

Ticket Price: Premium $27, Adult $22, Youth (ages 4-18) $10, USask Reserved $10, Student and New Alumni $0

Where to Watch: CanadaWest.TV

#11 Alberta Golden Bears (2-0): The Alberta Golden Bears are off to a strong start to their season having already generated 70 points scored and only allowing 25. Their first win was a 33-9 victory on the road against Calgary and their recent victory was a 37-16 win at their home opener against Manitoba.

#3 Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0): The Huskies had a massive win for their home opener last week against their provincial rivals the Regina Rams winning 40-6. In week 1 they spoiled Manitoba’s home opener coming back from a 7-25 deficit to win by a score of 30-27.

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Golden Bears to Watch

QB Eli Hetlinger

Hetlinger is coming off a game he completed 15 of his 23 passes for 205 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His first interception was thrown when pressured and his 2nd was a poor read throwing a pass intercepted by the middle linebacker. He had a nice touchdown escaping from pressure to his right to throw a short pass and another touchdown was a good throw for a 14-yard touchdown catch in the back right corner of the end zone.

Hetlinger was named Canada West’s Offensive Player of the Week in week 1 after completing 21 of his 31 passes for 380 yards and 2 touchdowns.

RB Matthew Peterson

Peterson was a hammer rushing 17 times for 158 yards (9.3 average). He had a run in the first quarter for 17 yards with 9 yards gained after the initial contact. He had a 15-yard run that looked busted and he bounced to the left breaking a tackle on his way to a 15-yard run.

WR Kolby Hurford

Hurford led the Golden Bears in receiving yards last week catching 4 passes for 70 yards.

WR Carter Kettyle

Kettyle scored a 70-yard touchdown and a 71-yard touchdown in week 1 both on-screen plays. Last week he had 4 catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

WR Jonathan Rosery

Rosery had 3 catches for 45 yards and a touchdown and also rushed 4 times for 67 yards. He had a massive 31-yard run up the middle.

LB Cole Priestly

Priestly had 2 QB hurries last week, 2 run stops, and provided good coverage on a deep ball resulting in an incompletion.

CB Romeo Nash

Had a good game last week breaking up a pass and also providing good coverage on a deep ball resulting in an incompletion.

DT Ty Anderson

Had 2 good run stops last week in the win against Manitoba.

FS, K – Jonathan Giustini

Giustini had a run stop as a safety and his place-kicking had him named Canada West Special Teams Player of the Week. He made 3 field goals from 25, 33, and 49 yards and also went 4/4 in extra point kicks.

Huskies to Watch

QB – Anton Amundrud

Amundrud is coming off a week in which he was named the offensive player of the week in the conference completing 29 of his 40 passes for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception. He had 3 interceptions in week 1 and all 4 of his interceptions were thrown when hurried to avoid a sack. Amundrud is a first-year starter who has shown tremendous potential and good composure. He looked very calm last week when pressured and did a good job taking what Rams zone defense was giving him last week.

RB – Ted Kubongo

Kubongo hurdled a player on 2 separate plays last week during which he rushed 12 times for 46 yards (3.8 average) and a touchdown.

RB Ryker Frank

Frank rushed 4 times for 37 yards (9.3 average). He had an 11-yard outside run and another 11-yard run in which he dragged a tackler for several yards.

WR Rhett Vavra

Vavra caught 6 passes last week for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns. He absorbed a big hit on a 15-yard catch but held on to the ball.

WR Daniel Perry

Perry had 5 catches last week for 75 yards and has 225 yards and a touchdown so far this season and leads Canada West in receiving yards.

LB Nick Wiebe

Last week Wiebe had 3 run stops, a QB hurry, and a stop made against the pass.

NT Reece McCormick

McCormick hurried the quarterback 4 times last week and had a run stop and an interception.

DL Charlie Parks

Parks had a sack last week, 3 QB hurries, and a run stop.

HB Nixen Voll

Voll had an interception, a stop against a pass play, and helped with a run stop.

CB Cam Skinner

Provided good coverage on an incompletion in the end zone, 4 tackles, and an interception last week.


Alberta’s running back Matthew Peterson is going to be pivotal for the outcome of this game. I am expecting Saskatchewan to win. They are a proven commodity having gone to the Vanier Cup last season and have many of their players returning this season. I do expect this to be a good game but ultimately seeing the home team come out on top.

I predict Saskatchewan to win 28-23.

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Jonathan Clink Reporter
Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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  1. Lino Giustini

    September 19, 2023 at 12:05 am

    14 point by Jonathan Giustini. Kickers matter!

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