Huskie Handbook: Saskatchewan at Manitoba

Saskatchewan (2-1) at Manitoba (1-2)

WHEN: Saturday Sept. 24/16, Noon (SK Time)
WHERE: Investors Group Field
BROADCAST: CJWW
PREGAME: 11am on CJWW
FORECAST:  Cloudy With Sunny Breaks, 30% Chance of Showers. Wind SE 30-45. High 22.

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

HEAD to HEAD in 2015:            Sept. 4, 2015 – Manitoba 34 – Saskatchewan 28 (at Saskatoon)
Huskies OFFENSE: Points 3 (89), RUSH 3 (175 YPG), PASS 5 (258 YPG), OVERALL 4 (432 YPG)

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies are putting up admirable numbers in both the passing and rushing games. However, if they could start to produce from the opening kick-off the team could possibly be 3-and-oh. For whatever reason the Dogs offense has started slowly, especially last week against Calgary. If the Dogs can get out of the gates all should be well.

BISONS OFFENSE: Points 2 (94), RUSH 4 (143 YPG), PASS 2 (374.3 YPG), OVERALL 2 (517 YPG)

When looking at the Bison’s offence the words “Run And Gun,” come to mind. This team likes to throw the ball and if Quarterback Theo Deezar finds time he can hurt you. However, with only one returning lineman from a year ago the offensive line has endured some growing pains and inconsistent play.

Huskies DEFENSE: Points T4 (76) Yards Allowed 5 (501 YPD), Pass 5 (348 YPG), Run 3 (153 YPG)

The numbers may not show how much improvement the Huskies defense have made in the last two weeks but they have kept their team in the game the last weeks. For example, with Calgary operating on a short field for much of the opening quarter last week the Dogs surrendered only 10 points.

BISONS DEFENSE: Points T4 (76) Yards Allowed 2 (440 YPG), Pass 4 (290 YPG), Run 2 (150 YPG)

Much of the Bison’s secondary returns from a year ago and the front seven have gelled quicker than anyone could have anticipated. They strive to make you one dimensional and when they do, they make things very difficult. Watch for the Bisons to try and take away Tyler Chow and the Huskies running game to force the offence to move the ball through the air.

HUSKIE SPECIAL TEAMS:

The secret is out when it comes to the Huskies return game. The Dogs punt return on average is 10 yards better than any other return game in Canada West. Calgary got the memo and set up their coverages using a mobile punt formation. Will the rest of the conference copy?

BISONS FIGHTING THE LAW:

Manitoba will be looking to buck a trend that has them with the most penalty yards per game racking up a staggering 143.3 yards per game.