WINNIPEG — It’s the biggest game of the season for the Manitoba Bisons on Saturday, but not in a must-win type of way.
The Bisons football team (1-1) hosts their annual homecoming game at Investors Group Field when they welcome the UBC Thunderbirds.
It’s still a young season for the Herd, coming off a win at home last week and recovering from their loss to the Saskatchewan Huskies in Week 1.
“Homecoming weekend is — I think for any university — the single biggest most important weekend of the year,” head coach Brian Dobie said. “It’s about everything the university stands for and represents.”
The Bisons and Thunderbirds will only meet once in the short CIS season, but nevertheless, the Herd will seek to repeat a homecoming win like in 2013 when they defeated the Regina Rams 34-15.
“Everybody at the end of this weekend is going to be 2-1, 1-2, other than Calgary — everybody is going to be in that boat. So the race will continue to be tight for three-quarters of the season and probably one of two teams will separate themselves.”
On scoring defence, Manitoba is second (31.0) and UBC stands fifth with 46.0 points per game. On total offence, the Bisons are fifth with 434.5 yards per game while the Thunderbirds are sixth at 272.5.
— With files from Bison Sports