The Regina Rams host the Manitoba Bison in what is a must-win game for the Rams. The last time these two teams met Manitoba won 27-24 in double overtime at IG Field.
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#14 Manitoba Bisons (2-3) at Regina Rams (1-4)
Date/Location: Saturday, October 14/ Mosaic Stadium, Regina, SK
Kickoff Time: 2 PM CST (3 PM ET, 12 PM PT)
Ticket Price: Regular $20, Youth $10, 0-5 Free, Rams Student Free
Where to Watch: CanadaWest.TV
#14 Manitoba Bisons: The Manitoba Bisons have an opportunity to clinch the playoffs and eliminate the Regina Rams from the postseason this weekend. The Bisons are coming off a 43-21 win over the Calgary Dinos at home last weekend. Jackson Tachinski was very efficient for the Bisons completing 15 of his 19 passes for 171 yards and also rushing 13 times for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Regina Rams: The Regina Rams are in a must-win scenario in the playoff race. If they lose this weekend to Manitoba they will be 2 games behind the Bisons with 2 games remaining however Manitoba will hold the tiebreaker. Regina is coming off a 27-46 loss on the road against Alberta in which they fell victim to Alberta’s dominant run game which racked up 219 yards on 19 rushes. Regina did have over 100 yards more of total offense in the loss in week 5 to Alberta.
Bisons to Watch
QB Jackson Tachinski
Tachinski has completed 60 of his 91 passes for 741 yards and 5 touchdowns with no interceptions. He is also a threat on the ground and rushed for over 100 yards last week.
RB Breydon Stubbs
Stubbs has rushed 51 times for 261 yards (5.1 average) and 1 touchdown.
RB Vaughan Lloyd
Lloyd has rushed 35 times for 242 yards (6.9 average) and 1 touchdown. Last week he led the team in rushing yards among running backs rushing 10 times for 56 yards.
WR Brendt Adams
Adams led the Bisons in receiving yards with 5 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown last week. He has 21 receptions for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns so far this season.
WR AK Gassama
Gassama has 22 receptions for 258 yards and a touchdown this season. Last week he had 6 catches for 56 yards.
WR DeShawn Le Jour
Le Jour has 12 catches for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.
DE Tristan Francis
Francis had 2 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles last week. He also had 2 QB hurries and a run stop.
DT Collin Kornelson
Kornelson had 2 run stops and 2 QB hurries last week. He has generated pressure on passing plays that stands out as exceptional among defensive tackles multiple times throughout this season.
CLB Marko Bockru
Bockru had a solo tackle, an interception, and 2 pass breakups last week.
WLB Nick Thomas
Thomas had 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, and a forced fumble last week.
K Maya Turner
Turner has not yet missed a field goal or extra point this season. She made both of her field goals last week the longest being from 32 yards. She also went 4/4 in extra points.
Rams to Watch
QB Owen Sieben
Sieben has completed 61 of his 92 passes for 727 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions over 3 games.
RB Marshall Erichsen
Erichsen has rushed 44 times for 288 yards (6.5 average) and 1 touchdown so far this season.
WR D’Sean Mimbs
Mimbs is second in receiving yards in the conference with 28 catches for 450 yards and a touchdown. He had 10 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown last week.
WR Bennett Stusek
Stusek has 23 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown this season.
WR Emmett Steadman
Steadman has 15 catches for 173 yards so far this season. Last week he had 6 catches for 62 yards.
MLB Cameron Mah
Mah had 3 solo tackles, a QB hurry, and a run stop last week.
WLB Josh White
White had 3 solo tackles and a tackle for a loss last week. He had 2 run stops last week.
HB Jackson Sombach
Sombach had 3 solo tackles, a QB hurry, and a stop against the pass last week.
CB Jacob Tkachuck
Tkachuck had 5 solo tackles and a fumble recovery last week. He also had a QB hurry, a run stop, and a stop against the pass. He did not allow any big plays his way last week.
Manitoba has had a lot of games in which their pass rush has been quite impressive and Jackson Tachinski is beginning to look quite dangerous as a dual-threat quarterback. The Rams have been playing football at a level that is a lot better than their record would suggest but I am going to predict the Bisons to win a close one here 30-24.
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