Dinos Nip Dogs in Canada West Conference Football Coaches Survey, teams meet on Saturday to start season
The Dinos narrowly edged the Saskatchewan Huskies for first place in the poll as both programs finished with 23 points, with Calgary winning three first place votes to two for Saskatchewan. The two programs have met in the last two editions of the Hardy Cup, with each team claiming a victory.
The Dinos finished first in the conference in 2019 with a 6-2 record. Playoff wins over the Manitoba Bisons and Saskatchewan earned the program its 18th Hardy Cup. Calgary then defeated McMaster in the Mitchell Bowl before a 27-13 victory over Montreal secured them their fifth Vanier Cup.
Saskatchewan enter the season as favorites to dethrone the defending champions, a feat they accomplished in 2018. The Huskies finished second in the 2019 standings with a 5-3 record.
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After missing the playoffs in 2019, the Regina Rams appear poised for a rebound in 2021, placing third with 15 points in the poll. The Bisons, who finished 2019 4-4 and came close to knocking down the Dinos in the Hardy Cup semifinals, were ranked fourth by coaches, with 14 points.
The poll was completed by the Alberta Golden Bears (9 points) in fifth place and the UBC Thunderbirds (6 points) in sixth place.
Canada West football makes its long-awaited return to the field on Saturday with all six teams in action to open the 2021 season.
The Rams visit the Bisons at Canada West Football Showcase at 2 p.m. CDT. This is a CW Football Showcase double header with the Dinos hosting the Huskies, in a rematch of the last two Hardy Cups, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Both games are available on SaskTel and TELUS.
The Golden Bears welcome the Thunderbirds to Foote Field in Edmonton at 1 p.m. MDT exclusively on Canada West TV presented by Co-op.
2021 CW SOCCER PRE-SEASON COACH SURVEY
Team – Points (first place votes)
Calgary Dinos – 23 (3)
Saskatchewan Huskies – 23 (2)
Regina Rams – 15
Manitoba Bison – 14
Alberta Gold Bear – 9
UBC Thunderbirds – 6
NOTE: Coaches rated all opponents from 1 to 5. First place is worth 5 pts, second place is worth 4 pts. etc.