The U of M Bisons Football Team goes into the 2016 CIS season as the fifth ranked team in the country. And right off the hop, the herd will put that lofty rating to the test when they host the Calgary Dinosaurs in their home and season opener on Thursday Night at 7 p.m at Investors Group Field.
The perennial powerhouse Dinos are the 7th ranked team in the first Top Ten CIS Poll of the season. The defending Vanier Cup Champion UBC Thunderbirds are the only other Canada West Team in the Top Ten and edged out Montreal for the #1 ranking.
The U of M crushed UBC 50-7 in pre season action last Friday on Vancouver Island while Calgary was a 37-13 winner over Regina in Medicine Hat.
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The Bisons have also announced their seven captains for the coming season, and five are returnees. That group includes 5th year Defensive Back Cam Teschuk (#24), Running back Alex Christie (#33), Linebacker DJ Lalama (#10), and Safety Tyler Fong (#19) who are all going into their 4th year, as well as 3rd year Quarterback Theo Deezar (#15). Rounding out the leadership group as first time captains are 5th year Defensive Lineman Evan Foster (#6) and 4th year Offensive Lineman Geoff Gray (Not Pictured).