Thursday, September 16, 2021

UMass Football News--September 16th, 2021

 UMass has its game notes for Eastern Michigan up.

Eastern Michigan's game notes for UMass.

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Chris Tucci has a really nice photo album of the UMass-BC game on Flickr.com

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Coach Bell hopes the students get to have a football tailgate. The Hamp Gazette reports nine players did not practice Monday. "Nine UMass starters did not practice Tuesday: quarterback Tyler Lytle, defensive lineman Taishan Holmes, defensive back Bryson Richardson, defensive lineman Xavier Gonsalves, wide receiver Jamir Roberts, running back Kay’Ron Adams, offensive lineman Brian Parish, defensive lineman Josh Atwood and linebacker Zack Magdis"

I don't think all those are starters. Hope to get most of them back for Saturday.

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With the student tailgate closed, a lot of them ended up in Amherst.

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Play Michigan looks at the odds for the Eagles-Minutemen game.

After Coach Bell's announcement of the injuries the Vegas odds jumped to EMU by -22. I donno. UMass plus 22 points at home looks pretty good to me.

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EMU's HC Chris Creighton gets a contract extension.

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Our old friends over at Hustle Belt looks at the results of the Eastern Michigan-Wisconsin game.

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Meanwhile, the suffering in Tallahassee is intense. We feel your pain, Seminole fans.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

UMass Blog News

 No blog updates tomorrow or Wednesday morning. Might be able to catch up late Wednesday.

UMass Football News--September 13th, 2021

 I'm trying not to get ahead of myself here. Eastern Michigan is not the 0-10 team we defeated back in 2014. Their recent FBS accomplishments have far exceeded ours. The Eagles beat Rutgers in 2017, Purdue in 2018 and Illinois in 2019--and all those were on the Big 10's team's home field. 

Eastern Michigan is better than us until we prove different.

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One more point about Saturday's game. The UMass defense had a couple workman-like third-and-long stops. UMass played three down linemen and standup linebacker. Both times the Minutemen had the deep coverage and everybody stayed in their lanes so the BC quarterback was not tempted to run and slide. BC completed a pass both times, but it was well short of the first down.

That was a big contrast to 2019. The first few games UMass played the exact same defense, rushing three and dropping everybody else back. In 2019 the opposing QB either hit a wide open receiver for 30 yards or pulled it down and rushed 30 yards. After the first few games, the UMass defense coordinator was just trying to keep the plays under 10 yards/play. Saturday was a big change. Also the Minutemen ran in some defensive packages. Not quite Don Brown's package-for-ever-down-and-distance, but enough so the defense could play aggressive. That's a big change from 2019.

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Eagles (the BC variety) Insider has five takeaways from the UMass game.

ESPN recaps the BC-UMass game.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" says the Minutemen showed signs of progress.

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Sports Illustrated looks at the odds and more for UMass-Eastern Michigan.

The Vegas line is Eastern Michigan by -18.

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The big doin's from Eastern Michigan-Wisconsin game is EMU's Turan Rush's behavior on the field.

Meanwhile in Madison, 45 people were ejected from the Badgers-Eagles game and 32 were arrested. 

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

UMass Football News--September 12th, 2021



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 Hey! It was a football game! The Minutemen played a spirited effort against a Power Five school. First off, the offense looked a lot better. Brady Olsen went 14-219 yards. The Minutemen racked up 20 first downs and averaged 5.68 yards/play.

There were a couple of sparkling plays. Eric Collins had a great reception for a TD in the third quarter. Olsen hit Merriweather with a nicely designed slant for another TD in the fourth quarter. The offense had several long drives; we even ran a couple of option plays. Zamir Wise ran the wildcat to mix up the UMass tendencies. 

The defense had a FF, five TFL and generally held their own against a BC offensive line with four pre-season All-ACC picks. UMass easily beat the spread and the Minutemen fans gave the team an ovation at the end of the game.

We fumbled a kickoff for a BC touchdown and gave up 96 yard return. Olsen missed a couple of throws, but did well for his first start as a true freshman. Some things we could have done better, but it was visible progress. I think we are going to win some games this year.

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The Hampshire Gazette say the Minutemen missed some opportunities

The Gazette also reported tailgating returned to McGuirk.

BC Interruption said the game gave Eagles fans heartburn.

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Pitt beat Tennessee on the road 41-34.  

Wisconsin held Eastern Michigan to 90 total yards of offense and won 34-7

Coastal Carolina beat Kansas 49-22.

Toledo came within an eyelash of upsetting Notre Dame.

Purdue ran over UConn 49-0.

In maybe the biggest upset of 2021 so far, Jacksonville State beat Florida State on a "Hail Mary" TD.

Liberty had a bye.

Rhode Island beat Albany in a defensive struggle. The Rams are still my pick for the CAA North.

Maine was crushed by James Madison 55-7.

Army held off Western Kentucky 38-35

New Mexico State lost to New Mexico 34-25.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Game Day---Boston College 2021


 Well another Saturday and another bout above our weight class. I'd like to see some offensive improvement and some ability to run the ball. We all knew the first two games of the season were going to be a tough go. It doesn't make watching them any easier.

However, it looks like today will be a nice Fall day. We're playing football at McGuirk. The UMass band will be playing. Most fans will have a chance to tailgate. I'm grateful for what we have. Better days are coming. For my 44th year of watching UMass football, I'll be there and cheering for the Maroon & White.

Go UMass!

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UMass cancels the student tailgate.

BC Interruption has game details. The game will be on NESN+

Winners and Whiners says UMass has no chance to cover the point spread.

The Hampshire Gazette reports BC will play at McGuirk for the first time since 1982.

Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle says BC vs UMass should always be a big event.

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Coastal Carolina handled Kansas 49-22 at home last evening.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

UMass Football News--September 10th, 2021


 UMass helmets will feature a 9/11 decal to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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BC Interruption has a question-and-answer session with Dan Morrison of UnderDog Dynasty about the UMass game.

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College Football News previews the Minutemen-Eagles game and predicts a 45-7 BC win.

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Action Network thinks BC will cover the 37 point spread.

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Flo Football says the Eagles head to Amherst as a heavy favorite.

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UConn announces a QB change prior to hosting Purdue this week. The Huskies are a 34 point home dog to the Boilermakers.

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Eastern Michigan gets Wisconsin on the road this Saturday.

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

UMass Football News--September 9th, 2021


 UMass has its game notes for BC up. The Minutemen will wear the throwback script "u" helmets for Saturday's game.

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BC ramps up its attention on the UMass game.

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The Eagles will wear their "red bandanas" uniforms for the Minutemen game.

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BC Interruption recaps the Colgate game and makes scoring predictions for the Minutemen.

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Eagle Insider has five questions for the BC team going into the UMass game.

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The Hampshire Gazette report CB Bryson Richardson is "doubtful" for the BC game, QB Tyler Lytle is a "game day decision" and so is starting guard Reggie Marks.

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Madison.com has five things to know about Eastern Michigan prior to the Wisconsin game. 

BTW, Eastern Michigan beat Big Ten teams in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

UMass Football News--September 8th, 2021

 The Hampshire Gazette reports UMass wants to raise the bar against Boston College.

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BC Interruption previews the Eagles-Minutemen game

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Sports Illustrated says Boston College opens as a big favorite against UMass.

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Eagle Insider reports the Eagles have released their two-deep for the UMass game. 

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Fan Duel looks at the odds for the Eagles-Minutemen contest.

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Pitt News has some images from the Panthers game.

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The Pitt game was not what I had hoped, but the reality is this is really the second year of the rebuild and we just gotta keep grinding. Temple, an established team with a complete roster got waxed 61-14 by Big Ten non-power Rutgers.

UConn, which lost to Holy Cross gets Purdue this week. That's probably not going to be a joy for Husky fans. UConn announced a QB change for the Purdue game.

The ACC surprise team may be Florida State, who took Notre Dame to overtime last Saturday. 

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