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With Labour Day approaching, that means that a new USports football season is upon us. They've already started play out East, but the Dinos start their campaign this Friday up in Edmonton against the Golden Bears. The first rankings of the season are out and Calgary is ranked 5th in the nation (Huskies are the top ranked Canada West team at #4)

1 Laval 1-0 284 (18) 285 569 -
2 Western 1-0 266 (1) 266 532 -
3 Montreal 1-0 218 247 465 -
4 Saskatchewan 0-0 207 209 416 -
5 Calgary 0-0 235 152 387 -
6 McMaster 1-0 169 190 359 -
7 StFX 1-0 44 228 272 -
8 Carleton 1-0 92 171 263 -
9 Ottawa 0-0 116 114 230 -
10 UBC 0-0 126 95 221

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Old 08-31-2019, 10:11 AM   #2
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Dinos start the regular season with a 41-31 victory over the Golden Bears which was capped by a pick-six by cornerback Deane Leonard on the final play of the game. Dinos coach Wayne Harris was not pleased with the effort last night, however.

The ending capped an ugly, penalty-filled contest where the two teams combined for 51 penalties totalling 395 yards while the Dinos offence went cold in the second half, scoring just four points.

"I think we had enough penalties for a whole season tonight, not just a game," Harris went on. "It was very sloppy, and we had some bench management issues. We have to do a better job of getting coaches and players on the same page, and that starts with me. We'll work on fixing a lot of those things for next week."


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I’m glad someone posts this. Thanks dp.

So what are the “bench management issues”?
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I’m glad someone posts this. Thanks dp.

So what are the “bench management issues”?
Unfortunately, the article didn't go into details regarding the bench management issues, but I would assume it probably means not having the right players on the field for certain plays and/or discipline issues (too much trash talk etc.). Harris is a no-nonsense guy and he'll get things straightened out in short order.
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Dinos home opener goes this Friday night at McMahon as they host the Manitoba Bisons. It's early, but the winner of this game will move into first place in Canada West pending the results of the Regina - Alberta game this weekend.

Go Dinos!
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Dinos improve to 2-0 on the season as they defeat the Manitoba Bisons 24-10 in front of just over six thousand fans at McMahon last night. Dinos were kept off the scoreboard in the 2nd half, but the Calgary defense limited the Bisons to only three points in the final 30 minutes.

Coach Harris post-game...

"We had some big plays, but we also had some missed opportunities. I am pleased with the fact that we battled for the full game."

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Also, with Alberta edging Regina 18-17 last night, Dinos are alone in first place in Canada West.
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Dinos looked a bit shaky in the first quarter, but definitely were dominant in the 2nd half. Good crowd considering the somewhat threatening weather...it would be nice if some of them come back for the second and subsequent games.


The Huskies drubbed UBC last night, so we have 1 2-0 team (Calgary) 1 0-2 team (UBC) and everybody else at 1-1.
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Dinos are at UBC on Saturday to take on the winless T-Birds as they are certainly missing Michael O'Connor at the QB position.
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Close game at Thunderbird Stadium as the Dinos lead 14-13 at the half (Calgary trailed 13-0 late in the 2nd quarter but scored two late majors in the final three minutes of the 1st half).
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Just noticed #1 seed overall Laval...lost today.
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Just noticed #1 seed overall Laval...lost today.
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UBC scored the first 13 points, Calgary scored the next 47.
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Why is Bishops (Quebec) in the AUS and not the RSEQ?


Bishop's football takes their ball and heads east

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Why is Bishops (Quebec) in the AUS and not the RSEQ?
Too tough to compete (i.e. spend the required dollars) with Laval and Montreal.

"It's been very hard to try and compete and to try and raise the same dollars with schools that have private funds coming their way in a business model. It's been extremely difficult to follow that bandwagon," says Bishop's associate athletics director Joey Sabo.

Bishop's feels its football program will be on equal footing in the AUS since they will primarily compete with universities that share the same funding philosophy.

"The AUS has offered not only our best bang for our buck but also playing against institutions that resemble our enrolment size, our strengths and our weaknesses," Sabo says.


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On that note though, there's been talk in recent years of changing the university football playoff format as the AUS has languished behind the RSEQ, OUA, and Canada West conferences. The earliest that we will see any kind of change will be 2020.

Regular blowouts. Playoff teams with 2-6 records. Bowl games that are losing their lustre.

The Canadian university football playoff structure has its share of critics, and cries for change have been growing louder. The Laval Rouge et Or and Western Mustangs are set to square off in Saturday's Vanier Cup in Quebec City, but the path to the championship game has been the subject of much debate.

Count U Sports president and chief executive officer Graham Brown among the group that would like to see adjustments to the post-season setup.

The current playoff format has put a spotlight on the significant gap between the handful of elite teams and the rest of the field in the country's 27-team lineup.

Teams play off within their conferences to set up national semifinals — the Mitchell Bowl and the Uteck Bowl — to determine the teams for the Vanier Cup. For the second year in a row, the Mustangs and Rouge et Or — both undefeated teams — will square off for the title.

Laval outscored the opposition by a staggering total of 117-1 over three playoff games, capped by a 63-0 win against the Atlantic champion St. Francis Xavier X-Men last weekend to secure a rematch at home against the reigning Vanier Cup champion Mustangs, who also rolled through the playoffs.

In Quebec, four of the five conference teams made the post-season, including two 2-6 squads. A different setup is used in the five-team Atlantic conference, where three teams advanced with the top seed getting a first-round bye.

In the six-team Canada West, a 3-5 team qualified as the fourth seed while six teams made the cut in the 11-team Ontario conference.

Athletic directors and conference officials may have differing viewpoints and cost is often one of the biggest issues. In addition, some universities make heavier investments in facilities, coaching and recruiting.

"Our members, they basically refuse to get in the arms race," Atlantic University Sport executive director Phil Currie said Thursday. "It's because it's not congruent with the philosophies they feel university sport is all about. The parity in our (Atlantic) league is fantastic."

However, once the Atlantic champion reaches the final four, it has been a different story. The X-Men's loss extended the conference's Vanier Cup drought to 11 years.

Saint Mary's was the last Atlantic team to win a national semifinal, topping Laval in 2007.

"The AUS schools are very, very committed to football," Brown said. "We need to make sure that our messaging around the playoff structure doesn't in any way insult the effort
and monies and commitment they have to the game because they're a big part of the fabric of it historically and just in general."


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Regina Rams visit McMahon to take on the Dinos on Friday night - The Rams were spanked 44-9 by the Huskies last weekend, thus they should be in an ornery mood.
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Dinos move to 4-0 on the season with a 20-7 victory over Regina at McMahon earlier tonight. The Dinos gave up two FGs and a rouge to Regina.
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Thanks for continually posting in here dash_pinched. It’s great to see people excited about U Sports and Dinos football
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The 4-0 (and 4th ranked in the nation) Dinos travel to Saskatoon for a Friday Night Lights game against the 2-2 Huskies. Always a tough game at that field and the Huskies have great fan support.
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