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Canada West: Calgary Dinos (0-2) at Regina Rams (0-2) Preview, Players to Watch, Prediction, U Sports Football

The Rams are back at home to host the Calgary Dinos in Mosaic Stadium. Both teams are searching for their first win of the season and bounce back from a tough loss in the previous week.

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Calgary Dinos (0-2): The Dinos aim to get their first win of the season on the road in Mosaic. Last time they played the Rams on the road they lost a pretty close game in what was their second game of the season last year by a score of 24-32. The Dinos have a young team with a lot of potential but have lost both of their opening 2 games by 20 or more points each.

Regina Rams (0-2): The Regina Rams are coming off a 6-40 loss to their provincial rivals the Saskatchewan Huskies which was the Huskies home opener. The Rams had the hardest opening schedule in the conference with matches against the current top 2 ranked teams in the conference to start their season. Their first game was an at-home loss to UBC by a score of 10-25.

Calgary Dinos (0-2) at Regina Rams (0-2) 2 PM CST

Date/Location: Saturday, September 16/ 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

Rams to Watch

QB Noah Pelletier

Pelletier often did a good job making quick reads to get rid of the ball quickly but ultimately did not have the outcome desired as he completed 20 of his 37 passes for 218 yards and 3 interceptions. He did score a touchdown on a 3-yard rush.

RB Olivier Savard

Savard rushed 4 times for 21 yards last week (5.3 average) last week.

RB Marshall Erichsen

Erichsen had 4 rushes last week for 19 yards (4.8 average). He had a nice run for 2 yards which at first looked like it was going to result in a tackle for a loss but Erihsen avoided losing yards in last week’s performance.

WR D’Sean Mimbs

Caught 4 passes for 83 yards last week. He made a defender miss him on a short pass. Mimbs has 175 yards receiving so far this season.

DE Anthony Montas Leipert

Last week Leipert had a run stop against Ted Kubongo at the 1-yard line and shared another run stop last week. He also hurried the quarterback twice.

LB Cameron Mah

Mah had 4 solo tackles and 3 assists last week. He had a great tackle on a 6-yard pass play. Mah hurried the quarterback once, shared a run stop, and split a sack last week.

DB Max Polischuk

Polischuck provided good coverage on an incompletion and did not allow any big plays his way last week. He led the team in tackles with 6 solo tackles.

HB Jackson Sombach

Last week Jackson Sombach had 2 solo tackles and an interception.

Dinos to Watch

QB Dom Britton

Over 2 games he has completed 32 of his 61 passes (52.5%) for 374 yards and 1 touchdown with 3 interceptions.

RB Nick Sua

Has rushed 25 times over 2 games for 100 yards averaging 4 yards per carry.

WR Gob Deng

Coming off a big performance with 7 catches for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns with an 85-yard play being his longest last week against UBC.

WR Matt Sibley

2nd in yards on the team with 101 receiving yards on 10 catches.

LB Liam Reid

Reid had 2 run stops and pressure in week 1 and in the second game, he had 2 solo tackles and 6 assisted tackles.

LB Sauce Odemwingie

Odemwingie had 3 run stops, and 3 pressures, broke up a pass in the 4th quarter, and had 9 total tackles (4 solo) in the Dino’s season opener. Last week he had 3 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles.

DT Sylvester Ibelo

Had 2 run stops and a pressure in the season opener. Last week he had a tackle and 2 assisted tackles.

DB Steen Rasmussen

Rasmussen had a big game in the season opener generating a pass breakup in the second quarter and had 6 tackles (3 solo). He had 2 good tackles in the first quarter against short passing plays. Last week he had a solo tackle and an assisted tackle.

Prediction

This game is between 2 teams with extremely similar openings in their season.

I am predicting the Rams to win this week in large part because they were second last season and they opened the season with a higher strength of schedule. The Rams were 5-3 last season finishing 2nd in the west. Calgary has not had an easy schedule either with a game against UBC and Alberta who just upset Saskatchewan last night on the road.

I predict the Rams to win by a score of 20-16.

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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.

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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