Huskie Handbook – Play-off Edition

Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Calgary
Saskatchewan (5-3 – 3rd) vs. Calgary Dinos (6-2 2nd)

WHEN: Saturday Nov. 6/16, 12pm
WHERE: McMahon Stadium
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 11am on CJWW
FORECAST:  Mainly Sunny. Wind SW 20-29. Temperature 18.

HUSKIES in 2015: 3-5, Home 2-2 – 2016 5-3, Road 2-2
DINOS in 2015: 8-0, Home 4-0  – 2016 6-2, Home 3-1

HEAD to HEAD in 2016:            Oct. 22, 2016 – Saskatchewan 38 – Calgary 35 (at Calgary)
Sept. 16, 2016 – Calgary 20 – Saskatchewan 19 (at Saskatoon)

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Nov. 7, 2015 – Calgary 37 – Saskatchewan 29 (at Calgary)
Oct. 16, 2015 – Calgary 44 – Saskatchewan 15 (at Saskatoon)
Oct. 3, 2015 – Calgary 59 – Saskatchewan 19 (at Calgary)

Huskies OFFENSE: Points 4 (261) RUSH 3 (157.4 YPG) PASS 5 (277.0 YPG) OVERALL 5 (434.4 YPG)

The lone statistical category that the Huskie offence leads Canada West in is time of possession. That is key. The Saskatchewan offence is meticulous and can pick a defence a part. Content with what the opposition gives them is the name of the game for Scott Fory’s crew. In addition, the group is getting big plays at big times which has given them the edge on their opposition.

 

DINOS OFFENSE: Points 1 (294) RUSH 1 (195.9 YPG) PASS 4 (311.5 YPG) OVERALL 2 (507.4 YPG)

There may be a number of moving parts for the Dinos offense with a lot of banged up bodies along the offensive line and Quarterback Adam Sinagra only starting his 3rd CIS game. With that being said the sophomore out of Quebec has done a nice job in managing the game, no interceptions in his three starts. Meantime Bryce Harper has done a good job of running the ball and blocking out of his tailback spot. If Calgary can force the ball downfield they will win the battle.

 

Huskies DEFENSE: Points 2 (205) Yds Allowed 2 (455.6 YPD), Pass 4 (311.5 YPG), Run 2 (144.1 YPG)

Not much of an argument that the Huskie defense has seen the most improvement this season. Very quietly the Dogs have given up the second fewest points and yards and this after a pair of disappointing efforts early in the season. With that being said the Dogs ‘D’ cannot rest on their laurels and will need to elevate their game even higher.

 

DINOS DEFENSE: Points 1 (167) Yds Allowed 1 (395.4 YPG), Pass 2 (288 YPG) Run 1 (107.4 YPG)

Five defensive All-Stars says a lot about the Dinos D who have been a dominant group in Canada West this season. There is little doubt that they will want to make the Dogs one dimensional and if they are able to do it they will have a leg up!

 

BY THE NUMBERS:

Saturday’s game will be the 16th consectuvie season with a play-off game for the Huskies and the 9th straight year that the Dinos have hosted a play-off game.

The Huskies have not won a play-off game since 2009 when they defeated Regina 53-23 at Griffiths Stadium.

The last time Saskatchewan won on the road in the post-season was in 2006 when they defeated Manitoba 32-15 on the way to the Vanier Cup.