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Canada West: #17 Regina Rams (1-2) at #19 Manitoba Bisons (0-3) Preview, Players to Watch, Prediction, U Sports Football Week 5

The Regina Rams travel to Manitoba to take on the Bisons on Saturday. The Rams are coming off their first win of the season against Calgary while the Bisons are still looking for their first. Players who are coming off strong performances last week as well as predicting the outcome of the game.

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#17 Regina Rams (1-2) at #19 Manitoba Bisons (0-3)

Date/Location: Saturday, September 23/ IG Field, Winnipeg, MB

Kickoff Time: 2 PM CT (3 PM ET, 12 PM ET)

Ticket Price: Regular $19.50, Senior and youth (13-17) $13.50, 12 & Under free

Where to Watch: CanadaWest.TV

#17 Regina Rams (1-2): The Regina Rams had a strong strength of schedule to open their season with games against UBC and Saskatchewan as their first opponents who were the 2 highest-ranked teams in Canada West to open the season. Regina picked up their first win in their third game against Calgary by a score of 23-15.

#19 Manitoba Bisons (0-3): The Bisons lost a close game against Saskatchewan to open the season by a score of 27-30 despite having a good lead at halftime. Since then Manitoba has lost to Alberta 16-37 and to UBC most recently by a score of 10-56. In the loss to Alberta starting quarterback Jackson Tachinski sustained an injury.

Rams to Watch

QB Noah Pelletier

Pelletier is questionable to return for the Rams this week after sustaining an injury in week 2. Pelletier completed 32 of his 65 passes for 356 yards and 3 interceptions up to that point.

QB Owen Sieben

Sieben came into the game partway through last week and completed 13 of his 20 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown. He made a great throw for 38 yards near the sideline when rolling to the right.

RB Marshall Erichsen

Erichsen had a big game last week rushing 17 times for 122 yards. He also had a reception for 29 yards on a screen. He broke a tackle on a 33-yard run to start the game.

WR D’Sean Mimbs

Mimbs caught 3 passes for 62 yards last week.

WR Dallen Keen

Keen caught 4 passes for 45 yards last week. He showed great reaction time catching a tipped pass for a 10-yard reception.

NT Toryn Swystun

Last week Swystun had 3 solo tackles and a 3.5 total tackles. He had 2 QB hurries, a run stop, a shared run stop, and made a stop against the pass.

MLB Cameron Mah

Last week Mah had 3 solo tackles and 5.5 total tackles. He also had a QB hit, 3 run stops, and a shared run stop.

WLB Josh White

White had 3 solo tackles and 5.5 total tackles. He also had 3 QB hurries, a QB hit, a run stop, and shared a stop against the run and the pass.

CB Dolani Robinson

Last week Robinson had 1 solo tackle. He provided good coverage on a deep shot in the first quarter and broke up a short pass in the 4th quarter on a 2nd and 4.

Bisons to Watch

QB Sawyer Thiessen

Thiessen completed 15 of his 24 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown with 2 interceptions last week. He threw a nice pass on a 38-yard touchdown dropping it in to Brendt Adams.

RB Breydon Stubbs

Stubbs rushed 14 times last week for 66 yards (4.7 average).

RB Vaughan Lloyd

Lloyd broke a tackle on an 11-yard run and later made some great cuts on a 16-yard run in the 16 quarter.

WR Brendt Adams

Adams had a great catch on a 38-yard touchdown and had 4 catches for 83 yards last week.

DE Jordan Friesen

Last week Friesen had a solo tackle and 1.5 total tackles. He also had 4 QB hurries, and shared a run stop, and knocked down a pass..

HB Jarrett Alcaraz

Alcarez had 3 solo tackles and 4.5 total tackles last week. He did not allow big plays his way last week in addition to making 2 stops against passing plays and sharing a run stop.

CB Sebastien Reid

Reid had 4 solo tackles last week and did not allow any big passing plays his way.


The Manitoba Bisons seem to be having trouble finding their way since the loss to Saskatchewan and the injury to quarterback Jackson Tachinski has not helped them get back on track. Regina has also gone through adversity in the form of a starting quarterback being injured with Noah Pelletier sustaining an injury in week 2.

I predict the Bisons to play a big game at home and win a close one to get their first win by a score of 20 to 17.

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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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