It was a marquee matchup when they played back in July. It's once again a marquee matchup but there is a lot more meaning to this game. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will host the Western Final on Sunday at IG Field against the BC Lions.

BC downed Calgary last week to earn the right to play in this game with the winner advancing to next weekend's Grey Cup in Regina.

Nuts & Bolts:

  • The Bombers have scored 26 touchdowns in their past six games while their opponents have recorded just 10
  • Brady Oliveira averaged 3.2 yards per carry through the first third of the season but boosted that average to 5.75 yards in the final 12 games to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.
  • Winnipeg averaged 29.9 points in the regular season while BC was just behind at 29.2 
  • B.C. recorded 384.6 yards net offensively while Winnipeg recorded 366.3
  • Winnipeg's rushing offense was superior as it recorded 113.5 yards per game while B.C. recorded 99.7 per game
  • Winnipeg turned the ball over just 23 times, the fewest in the CFL while B.C. turned the ball over 34 times

Defensive Dominance:

  • In their last 13 games, Winnipeg's opponents have eclipsed 300 yards passing just twice
  • Winnipeg has dominated the fourth quarter this season, outscoring their opponents, 177-73, which includes overtime
  • In two wins over the Lions this year, Winnipeg was a combined +5 in the turnover differential. The Bombers were -3 in their lone loss against them
  • Winnipeg allowed a league-low 20.6 points per game while B.C. allowed 22.5 per game
  • Winnipeg only allowed 27 touchdowns compared to B.C's 36

Nathan Rourke is expected to start for B.C. after he returned from injury to end the regular season. He threw for 321 yards last week and two touchdowns. Zach Collaros will get the start for Winnipeg after the team went 15-3 in the regular season, their best record in franchise history.

Blast to the Past:

  • Winnipeg beat Saskatchewan, 21-17, in last year's West Division Final. Collaros threw for 229 yards in that game
  • The Bombers also beat Saskatchewan in the 2019 West Final, 20-13. Collaros threw for 267 yards in that game, and Darvin Adams recorded 93 yards receiving

You can listen to this Sunday's game right here on 730CKDM as we're a proud member of the Blue Bomber Radio Network, kickoff is set for 3:30.