In their last game of the regular season, the Manitoba Bisons football team is in desperate hunt of hosting a playoff game.
The Herd travels to Edmonton on Saturday to play the Alberta Golden Bears (0-7), and currently sits in a three-way tie in Canada West with Saskatchewan and UBC with a 4-3 record.
“I’m happy with where the team is right now,” head coach Brian Dobie said earlier this week. “To host a playoff game… I hope it happens. It’s not totally in our control — we can only control our performance on Saturday in Edmonton.”
For the Bisons to enter Investors Group Field in the post-season, Calgary (7-0) needs to defeat UBC on Friday, with the Bisons defeating Alberta to clinch second place.
Bisons quarterback Jordan Yantz went 18-32 for 364 yards and four TDs in last week’s 33-26 road win against the Saskatchewan Huskies. Yantz will be a pivotal part of the Herd’s play this weekend, aiming to break an all-time Bison yardage record at the same time.
“The limits on Jordan? He’s got a gun (for an arm),” Dobie added. “He’s got tremendous accuracy… the velocity of his delivery is exceptional. I don’t think we’ve seen even close to his limit, because he’s a brand new quarterback, on a brand new team, in a brand new system… facing multitudes of coverages in Canada West that he’s never seen before. I’d love to have him here for five years.”
Saturday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. CT and will be streamed live at CanadaWest.tv.