University of Calgary

Down the stretch

UToday HomeOctober 12, 2012

The Dinos are aiming to keep their perfect record alive against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Friday night. Photo by Rob GalbraithThe Dinos are aiming to keep their perfect record alive against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Friday night. Photo by Rob GalbraithFor the second time in five weeks, the Battle of Alberta in university football takes centre stage Friday night as the No. 2 University of Calgary Dinos (5-0) head up the road to take on the University of Alberta Golden Bears (0-5) at Foote Field in Edmonton.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m., live on Shaw TV (Channel 10 Calgary).

For the Dinos, Friday night’s contest is a chance to reset after the bye week and start creating a rhythm as the team heads toward the playoffs. The only team in the conference that has already clinched a post-season berth, Calgary could clinch home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a win over the Bears combined with a loss Friday by the Manitoba Bisons at Saskatchewan Huskies. The Bears, meanwhile, are still searching for their first victory since they upset the Huskies in the 2010 conference semifinal – a streak of 14 losses.

It’s Calgary’s first trip to Foote Field since the third week of the 2010 season, when the Dinos came away with a 23-14 victory. Overall, the Dinos are riding an eight-game win streak over Alberta, six of which have come in regular-season play.

Next week, the Dinos head to Regina for what will likely be a first-place showdown to decide home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, followed by a season-ending home game against the Manitoba Bisons Oct. 27.