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Canada West: #6 Saskatchewan Huskies (4-1) at #11 Alberta Golden Bears (4-1) Preview, Players to Watch, Prediction, U Sports Football

The Saskatchewan Huskies travel to Edmonton to take on the Alberta Golden Bears for a must-see matchup between two 4-1 teams tied for first in the conference. The last time these teams met the Golden Bears won by a score of 26-22.

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#6 Saskatchewan Huskies (4-1) at #11 Alberta Golden Bears (4-1)

Date/Location: Saturday, October 14/ Foote Field, Edmonton, AB

Kickoff Time: 1 MDT (3 PM ET, 12 PM PT)

Ticket Price: General Admission: Youth (6 to 17 years) $13, Senior $17, Adult $20, Kids (0-5) free

U of A Student Tickets available via the Student Account Manager

Where to Watch: CanadaWest.TV

#6 Saskatchewan Huskies: The Huskies are coming off a huge win giving the UBC Thunderbirds their first loss of the season in Saskatoon. The Huskies passing defense showed up limiting Garrett Rooker to 252 yards and 1 touchdown with 2 interceptions. Rooker is averaging over 300 yards per game and has completed over 75% of every game before the Huskies held him to a 50% completion. Saskatchewan’s Anton Amundrud completed 19 of his 28 passes for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. It was also a good day on the ground for Ted Kubongo and Ryker Frank who combined for 142 rushing yards.

#11 Alberta Golden Bears: Matthew Peterson had another big game for Alberta last week in their win over Regina as he rushed 11 times for 167 yards and a touchdown. Eli Hetlinger completed 15 of his 20 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Rams. The Golden Bears limited their opponent’s quarterback to more interceptions than touchdowns as they allowed 1 touchdown but had 2 interceptions. Alberta’s offensive line did a great job in run blocking as well as pass protection as they did not allow any of their opponent’s individual defenders to have more than 1 QB hurry.

Huskies to Watch

QB Anton Amundrud

Amundrud is 2nd in the conference in passing yards having completed 63.5% of his passes for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns with 10 interceptions over 5 games.

RB Ted Kubongo

Kubongo is third in the conference in rushing yards with 329 yards and has averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He also has 2 rushing touchdowns. Kubongo had 91 yards on 15 carries last week.

RB Ryker Frank

Ryker Frank has averaged 6.5 yards and has 271 rushing yards and a touchdown on the season. Frank had 8 carries for 51 yards last week. Frank also had a 105-yard kickoff return touchdown last week.

WR Daniel Perry

Perry led the team in yards last week with 139 receiving yards on 4 receptions and had 2 touchdowns. Perry has 19 catches for 392 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.

WR Rhett Vavra

Vavra had 76 yards on 5 receptions last week and had 2 plays in which he broke a tackle to pick up some YAC. Vavra has 23 catches for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns this season.

DE George Idoko

By my count, Idoko had 5 QB hurries and a run stop against UBC last week. The Huskies are going to need a strong game from their pass rushers facing an offensive line that has performed very well.

DE Nathan Jule

Jule had 7 QB hurries last week making him tied for first in the conference in that metric by my last week.

LB Nick Wiebe

Wiebe had 6 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles last week. He also had a QB hurry, 2 solo run stops, and a stop against the pass and also shared a run stop and a stop against the pass.

HB Nixen Voll

Last week Voll had 2 pass breakups and an interception and did not allow any big plays his way.

K David Solie

Solie made an impressive 50-yard field goal last week and went 4/5 in field goals last week and 3/3 in extra points.

Golden Bears to Watch

QB Eli Hetlinger

Hetlinger is third in the conference in passing yards and has completed 66.2% of his passes for 1,360 yards and 10 touchdowns with 4 interceptions.

RB Ted Kubongo

Kubongo is third in the conference in rushing yards with 329 and has averaged 5.5 yards per carry which is second among starting running backs.

WR Carter Kettyle

Kettyle has 17 receptions for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns so far this season. Kettyle led the team in receiving last week with 4 receptions for 56 yards.

WR Jonathan Rosery

Rosery has 18 receptions for 264 yards and a touchdown.

WR Kolby Hurford

Hurford has 20 receptions for 252 yards and a touchdown.

DE Kwadwo Boahen

Boahen had 4 QB hurries and a run stop last week.

LB Chase Tataryn

Tataryn had 13 solo tackles last week and a pass breakup. He also had 2 QB hurries and 5 run stops last week.

CB Romeo Nash

Last week Nash had an interception and 6 solo tackles. He also made a stop against the pass closing quickly to make a tackle on a short passing play.

HB Mack Bannatyne

Bannatyne had 6 solo tackles, 3 stops against the pass, and a 69-yard touchdown on a pick 6 last week.

S Jonathan Giustini

Giustini had 4 solo tackles and a pass breakup in the red zone last week.


I am going to predict Alberta to win a close game over Saskatchewan in large part due to how well Alberta is running the football. If the Golden Bears can get consistent pressure on Amundrud he has at times thrown some risky passes when pressured. I am going to predict a 27-21 Alberta victory.

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