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EDMONTON (ISN) – In anticipation of the upcoming fall season, Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) announces the 2012 football schedule as six schools will square off for a place at the 76th Hardy Cup final and a chance to represent the conference at the CIS 48th Vanier Cup championship in Toronto.

The 24-game schedule, comprised of teams from across the Prairies and Western Canada, features eight weekends of three games each, with a bye week allowing all teams to heal and rest just as the playoff drive hits high gear.

The season begins on August 31, with Alberta at Saskatchewan as the Golden Bears try to rebound from a tough season. Week 1 is highlighted by a match-up between the four-time defending Hardy Cup champion Calgary Dinos and the Regina Rams at McMahon Stadium. Despite a year-long injury to star quarterback Marc Mueller, last season the Rams rebounded in the second half of the schedule to qualify for the post-season, where they ultimately fell to Calgary in the semfinals.

On September 15, the UBC Thunderbirds and Saskatchewan Huskies go head-to-head in Vancouver for a rematch of their classic 2011 semifinal game, won 27-22 on the field by Hec Crighton winner Billy Greene and the T-Birds.

Also last November, Calgary handed UBC a 62-13 defeat in the 75th Hardy Cup, but UBC looks for a measure of redemption when the two tangle in Vancouver on Sept. 22. Among the most heated rivalries in recent years, the Dinos and Huskies renew acquaintances in Calgary on September 29 in a game that could determine homefield advantage should they meet again in the playoffs and, to close out the regular season, the Manitoba Bisons are at Calgary on the evening of October 27. Last year the Bisons came up short in a late-season game versus Regina and just missed qualifying for the playoffs.

Four of the six schools will qualify for the 2012 playoffs, meaning every contest on the eight-game schedule becomes important. The lone “bye” week occurs on October 5-6, followed by three more games for each team ahead before the post-season begins the weekend of November 2-3.

The 76th Hardy Cup game takes place on Saturday, November 10 and the western champion will travel to Ontario and face the OUA champion in the Mitchell Bowl the weekend of November 16-17. The Uteck and Mitchell Bowl victors play in the 48th Vanier Cup final in Toronto on November 23.

Complete, detailed broadcast schedules will become available as the season draws closer.

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About Canada West Universities Athletic Association

Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. “cwuaa” on Twitter.

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2012 Canada West Football Schedule

(All times are local)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK

DAY

DATE

VISITOR

 

HOME

 

LOCAL TIME

1

Fri.

Aug. 31

Alberta

Saskatchewan

7:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 1

Manitoba

UBC

2:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 1

Regina

Calgary

5:00 PM

2

Fri.

Sep. 7

Alberta

Calgary

5:30 PM

Fri.

Sep. 7

UBC

Regina

7:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 8

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

2:00 PM

3

Fri.

Sept. 14

Regina

Alberta

7:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 15

Calgary

Manitoba

1:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 15

Saskatchewan

UBC

2:00 PM

4

Fri.

Sept. 21

Regina

Saskatchewan

7:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 22

Alberta

Manitoba

1:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 22

Calgary

UBC

2:00 PM

5

Fri.

Sept. 28

Manitoba

Regina

7:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 29

UBC

Alberta

1:00 PM

Sat.

Sep. 29

Saskatchewan

Calgary

5:00 PM

Sat

Oct. 6

BYE

6

Fri.

Oct. 12

Calgary

Alberta

7:00 PM

Fri.

Oct. 12

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

7:00 PM

Sat.

Oct. 13

Regina

UBC

2:00 PM

7

Fri.

Oct. 19

Calgary

Regina

7:00 PM

Sat

Oct. 20

UBC

Manitoba

1:00 PM

Sat

Oct. 20

Saskatchewan

Alberta

1:00 PM

8

Fri.

Oct. 26

Alberta

Regina

7:00 PM

Fri.

Oct. 26

UBC

Saskatchewan

7:00 PM

Sat

Oct. 27

Manitoba

Calgary

5:00 PM

PLAYOFFS

9

Sat

Nov. 3

CW semifinals

4@1 / 3@2

10

Sat.

Nov. 10

CW 76th Hardy Cup

Winners @ High Seed

11

Fri./Sat.

Nov. 16/17

CIS semifinal

Mitchell Bowl

CW @ OUA

Uteck Bowl

AUS @ RSEQ

12

Fri.

Nov. 23

CIS championship

48th Vanier Cup

Toronto

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