EDMONTON – Four teams remain, as the race to the 81st Hardy Cup enters the post-season.
Week 8 of the Canada West football regular season wrapped up Saturday, as the Alberta Golden Bears claimed the conference’s fourth and final playoff spot thanks to their 53-3 win over the previously undefeated Calgary Dinos. With their big win, Alberta returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Bears entered Saturday in a battle with the Saskatchewan Huskies for the final playoff spot, with the two teams tied at 2-5 in the standings, as well the first two playoff tie-breakers – head-to-head record and head-to-head points for/points against. While the possibility for a wild tie-breaking scenario existed heading into the day, it was all for not, as Saskatchewan ended up on the wrong side of a 36-32 score to Manitoba, who improved to 2-6 on the season.
Alberta returns to Calgary on Saturday, November 4 for a rematch with the Dinos, who will play host to the semifinal at 1 p.m. MDT at McMahon Stadium.
The conference’s other semifinal will also be a rematch of a Week 8 game, with the Regina Rams (4-4) returning to face the UBC Thunderbirds (6-2) on Saturday, with the game slated for 3 p.m. PDT at Thunderbird Stadium.
The pair squared off Week 8 in Vancouver with second-place on the line and UBC delivered on home turf, scoring a convincing 44-15 win to earn a playoff date.
It all leads to the 81st Hardy Cup, which will be played Saturday, November 11 at the highest remaining seed.