Schedule released: 2012 Canada West football gets underway Labour Day weekend

Source: Canada West Communications / Photo credit Richard Lam

EDMONTON – In anticipation of the upcoming fall season, Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) announces the 2012 football schedule as six schools will square off for a place at the 76th Hardy Cup final and a chance to represent the conference at the CIS 48th Vanier Cup championship in Toronto.

The 24-game schedule, comprised of teams from across the Prairies and Western Canada, features eight weekends of three games each, with a bye week allowing all teams to heal and rest just as the playoff drive hits high gear.

The season begins on August 31, with Alberta at Saskatchewan as the Golden Bears try to rebound from a tough season. Week 1 is highlighted by a match-up between the four-time defending Hardy Cup champion Calgary Dinos and the Regina Rams at McMahon Stadium. Despite a year-long injury to star quarterback Marc Mueller, last season the Rams rebounded in the second half of the schedule to qualify for the post-season, where they ultimately fell to Calgary in the semfinals.

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On September 15, the UBC Thunderbirds and Saskatchewan Huskies go head-to-head in Vancouver for a rematch of their classic 2011 semifinal game, won 27-22 on the field by the T-Birds.

Also last November, Calgary handed UBC a 62-13 defeat in the 75th Hardy Cup, but UBC looks for a measure of redemption when the two tangle in Vancouver on Sept. 22. Among the most heated rivalries in recent years, the Dinos and Huskies renew acquaintances in Calgary on September 29 in a game that could determine homefield advantage should they meet again in the playoffs and, to close out the regular season, the Manitoba Bisons are at Calgary on the evening of October 27. Last year the Bisons came up short in a late-season game versus Regina and just missed qualifying for the playoffs.

Four of the six schools will qualify for the 2012 playoffs, meaning every contest on the eight-game schedule becomes important. The lone “bye” week occurs on October 5-6, followed by three more games for each team ahead before the post-season begins the weekend of November 2-3.

The 76th Hardy Cup game takes place on Saturday, November 10 and the western champion will travel to Ontario and face the OUA champion in the Mitchell Bowl the weekend of November 16-17. The Uteck and Mitchell Bowl victors play in the 48th Vanier Cup final in Toronto on November 23.

Complete, detailed broadcast schedules will become available as the season draws closer.

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About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. “cwuaa” on Twitter.

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2012 Canada West Football Schedule
(All times are local)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WK
DAY
DATE
VISITOR
 
HOME
 
TIME
1
Fri.
Aug. 31
Alberta
 
Saskatchewan
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 1
Manitoba
 
UBC
 
2:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 1
Regina
 
Calgary
 
5:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2
Fri.
Sep. 7
Alberta
 
Calgary
 
5:30 PM
 
Fri.
Sep. 7
UBC
 
Regina
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 8
Saskatchewan
 
Manitoba
 
2:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3
Fri.
Sept. 14
Regina
 
Alberta
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 15
Calgary
 
Manitoba
 
1:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 15
Saskatchewan
 
UBC
 
2:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4
Fri.
Sept. 21
Regina
 
Saskatchewan
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 22
Alberta
 
Manitoba
 
1:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 22
Calgary
 
UBC
 
2:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5
Fri.
Sept. 28
Manitoba
 
Regina
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 29
UBC
 
Alberta
 
1:00 PM
 
Sat.
Sep. 29
Saskatchewan
 
Calgary
 
5:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sat
Oct. 6
BYE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6
Fri.
Oct. 12
Calgary
 
Alberta
 
7:00 PM
 
Fri.
Oct. 12
Manitoba
 
Saskatchewan
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat.
Oct. 13
Regina
 
UBC
 
2:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7
Fri.
Oct. 19
Calgary
 
Regina
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat
Oct. 20
UBC
 
Manitoba
 
1:00 PM
 
Sat
Oct. 20
Saskatchewan
 
Alberta
 
1:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8
Fri.
Oct. 26
Alberta
 
Regina
 
7:00 PM
 
Fri.
Oct. 26
UBC
 
Saskatchewan
 
7:00 PM
 
Sat
Oct. 27
Manitoba
 
Calgary
 
5:00 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PLAYOFFS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9
Sat
Nov. 3
CW semifinals
 
4@1 / 3@2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10
Sat.
Nov. 10
76th Hardy Cup
 
Winners @ High Seed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11
Fri./Sat.
Nov. 16/17
CIS semifinal
 
Mitchell Bowl   
CW @ OUA
 
 
 
 
 
Uteck Bowl
AUS @ RSEQ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12
Fri.
Nov. 23
CIS championship
48th Vanier Cup at Toronto
 

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