EDMONTON – Looking to maintain their second-place standing in Canada West, the 4-2 Alberta Golden Bears
host the 1-5 Regina Rams
this Saturday at Foote Field.
The pivotal Week 8 clash will get underway at 1:00 p.m. MST on Saturday, with the game being available on Canada West TV
, Telus Channel 998, and across the SaskTel network.
WEEK 8 GAME NOTES
It will be the final home regular season game for the Bears, who will visit the Saskatchewan Huskies the following weekend in the conference finale.
Even with a loss two weekends ago in Calgary, the Golden Bears still clinched a playoff spot for the second time in three seasons.
The Bears are also trying to do something they have not done since 2005 – host a playoff game. The Bears hosted – and beat – Manitoba in the semifinal at home, before losing the conference final in Saskatoon.
The top two teams in Canada West will each host one of the two Hardy Cup semifinals, with the highest remaining seed hosting the Hardy Cup on November 10th.
The Canada West Champion will also host the 2019 Mitchell Bowl against the AUS Champion. The Bears last hosted the national semifinal in 1981.
While the Bears have clinched, and now have their sights set on the best seed possible, the Rams are in a fight for their playoff lives.
Their 1-5 record puts them two games behind the 3-3 Bisons for the fourth and final playoff spot in Canada West.
The Bisons also currently have the tie-breaker thanks to a 27-26 home win over the Rams in Week 5.
Regina will need to win both of their remaining games, which includes a rematch against Manitoba next weekend, coupled with two losses from Manitoba, to leapfrog the Bisons into the playoffs.
Saturday’s tilt will be the second meeting between the Rams and Bears this season.
Alberta earned a hard-fought 18-17 win over Regina on the road in Week 2, their first win of the season.
The Golden Bears forced three turnovers in the second half, with Regina missing a game-winning field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter.
Including the win this season, and a forfeit win from 2018, the Bears have won two of the last three meetings with the Rams.
Despite the defensive battle between the two in their first meeting this season, the Bears and Rams own two of the most prolific passing attacks in Canada West.
Bears starter Brad Launhardt leads Canada West with 296.2 passing yards per game, while Rams pivot Josh Donnelly sits third with 257.6 per game.
The two teams also rank first and second in Canada West in yards per attempt, with Alberta leading at 8.8, and Regina sitting second at 8.5.