Tuesday, September 17, 2019

UMass Football News--September 17th, 2019


Josh Walfish has three takeaways from the Charlotte game.

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The Charlotte Observer says the 49ers were impressive against UMass, but Clemson won't care.

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How Coastal Carolina kept the momentum going against Norfolk State.

The Chants Jayhawk pinata was the icing on the cake of their upset of Kansas.

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At Boston College, the student newspaper says fire the coach.

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The Miami Herald has four takeaways from FIU's win over New Hampshire.

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Hugh Freeze savors his first victory with Liberty as the Flames rout Buffalo.

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Northwestern gets ready for Michigan State.

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After beating #22 UCS, BYU moves on to #24 Washington.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

UMass Football News--September 19th, 2019

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Charlotte game.

Mike mentions UMass CB Isaiah Rogers as a bright spot on the Minutemen defense. Rogers is #9 in the nation in punt returns after three games, averaging 17.8 yards per punt.

He's #18 in kickoff returns averaging 27.7 yards/kickoff.

UMass is #123 out of 130 teams in passing efficiency. The Minutemen are #126 in rushing defense 267.0 yards/game. UMass is #88 in rushing offense with 147.0 yards/game. NCAA stats here.

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Vegas Insider has Coastal Carolina a 16.5 point favorite over UMass.

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Keepers College football rankings has the Chants as 5.31 point favorite.

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle says don't hit the panic button yet about UMass football.

It's the first year of a turnaround. We will get better and I swear to God I'll rejoice when the daily trolls in my comment in-box are silenced. This year I use 'em for motivation in my powerlifting.

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Fan Sided wonders if losing to Coastal Carolina was the best thing for Kansas football?

They don't think so at BC Interruption.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

UMass Football News--September 15th, 2019

Well, UMass lost big again, but looked somewhat better doing it. I think the offense could be half decent if we had a QB, which so far, we do not.

Again we played a bunch of freshmen including DT Grant Laws, who saw his first action of the year.

Charlotte nearly doubled up on our offensive yardage 533 to 262. Brito had 18 completions, but only averaged 7.05 yards a catch. UMass was 3-14 on third downs and again only had one good offensive quarter.

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UMass write-up.

Charlotte's write-up here.

The Charlotte Observer said the 49ers started fast.

Josh Walfish reports a slow start doomed UMass.

The Berkshire Eagle reports UMass falls to 0-3 after a lopsided loss to Charlotte.

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Coastal Carolina ran past Norfolk State 46-7.

Central Michigan topped Akron 45-24.

FIU beat New Hampshire 30-17.

Louisiana Tech blew out Bowling Green 35-7.

Liberty handled Buffalo 35-17.

Army rushed for 340 yards in 31-13 win over UTSA.

Northwestern beat UNLV 30-14 for their first win of the season.

BYU upset #24 USC in overtime.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Game Day ---Charlotte 2019

All right, let's right the ship on offense. I'd like to see a lot more rhythm and less penalties from the offense. I'd like to see us run the rock and keep the ball in our position. I don't care who is at QB as long as he moves the team.

Let's improve. I'm a patient man, but last week was a mind-boggling low point. Cutting down on the mistakes and being able to execute the the offense would be a big help.

Go UMass.

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Josh Wlafish reports UMass hopes QB competition will solve the offensive woes at Charlotte.

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MassLive has how to watch the game on ESPN+

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UnderDog Dynasty previews the Minutmen-49ers game and predicts a 42-27 Charlotte win.

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Boston College was run over by Kansas (Yes, Kansas) at home as the Jayhawks snapped a 48-game road losing streak to Power Five opponents.

BC Interruption says nothing in the world make sense anymore. We feel your pain Boston College fans.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

UMass Football News--September 13th, 2019

The Boston Herald reports UMass visits Charlotte in search of its first victory.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Minutemen-49ers game and predicts  a 49-21 Charlotte victory.

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247Sports says the Boston College game is a must win for Rutgers.

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Coastal Carolina meets Norfolk State.

Akron plays Central Michigan.

FIU plays New Hampshire. For the first time in 20 years New Hampshire will be without HC Sean McDonnell. He's out indefinitely  on medical leave.

Liberty plays Buffalo at home. The last time the Flames and the Bull played was in 1998, UMass' National Championship year.

Northwestern plays UNLV.

BYU gets ready for USC's passing attack.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

UMass Football News--September 12th, 2019

Josh Walfish reports UMass BUCK linebacker Shannon Junior II has quit the team. Junior's UMass bio.


The UMass two-deep has Chinedu Ogbonna as the backup. Ogbonna was a starter last year and I think he'll do well for the rest of the season. Junior's leaving does make the unit (linebackers) even more shallow than it was.

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Josh also has a post on true freshmen DL's Wilson Frederic and Billy Wooden. Frederic and Wooden's UMass bios. There's an old coaching saw that says you lose one game for every true freshman you start.

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The Daily Collegian reports the UMass defense is focusing on the details.

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Charlotte has their game notes for UMass up.

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ANOTHER EVIL PLAN FOILED

Remember when the EU fined Microsoft three quarters of a billion dollars for including Windows Explorer free with Windows 7?

According to the analytics I get as blog owner, of the last 6,599 page views on the UMass football blog, 160 were by Windows Explorer.

The leaders were Safari 54% and Chrome 31% no other browser had more than 3%...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

UMass Football News--September 10th, 2019

Josh Walfish reports QB competition is back.

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UMass has their game notes for Charlotte up.

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The Charlotte website points out the 49ers have been averaging over 40 points a game.

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A tailgating man at the game Saturday was arrested after throwing cans of beer into the crowd and hitting a police horse with a football.

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Andy Isabella returned kicks for the Arizona Cardinals during their Sunday game.

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UMass has added Bowling Green to its future schedules. The Minutemen will meet the Falcons in 2025 and 2026. UMass was 0-4 against Bowling Green while we were in the MAC.

On 09/20/2014 UMass and Bowling Green hooked up at McGuirk with Blake Frohnapfel throwing for an all-time UMass single game passing record of 589 yards. Pictures of the sold out McGuirk still appear in some UMass publications. Ross Comis has second place in the single game passing record book with his 540 yards against Liberty last year.

All future UMass schedules here.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on recruiting visitors during the Southern Illinois game.

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