#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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