Monday, January 09, 2006

UMass 2006 football schedule released

UMass has released the 2006 UMass football schedule . This is fairly early release for UMass. Often the Athletic Dept waits until late spring to divulge the schedule.

Each year an A10 team plays all the teams in its division and then adds three teams from the other division.

This year UMass rotates from playing Delaware, Richmond and JMU into a South Division schedule of Villanova, Towson and William & Mary.

Oops! Matt Vautour reports in todays (01/11/05) Hampshire Gazette, that the Athletic Dept reversed the first two games on the 2006 football schedule in yesterday's press release. The corrected schedule is below.

The 2006 Schedule:
  • 09/02/06 Colgate (NCAA playoff team in 2005)
  • 09/09/06 @Navy (national TV on CSTV)
  • 09/16/06 @Villanova
  • 09/23/06 Off
  • 09/30/06 AIC (Div II)
  • 10/07/06 William & Mary
  • 10/14/06 @Towson
  • 10/21/06 URI
  • 10/28/06 @Northeastern
  • 11/04/06 @New Hampshire (NCAA quarter finalist playoff team 2005)
  • 11/11/06 Maine
  • 11/18/06 Hofstra


saint0917 said...

I don't like the AIC game, I would rather see Umass play Holy Cross, Central connecticut St., Yale, Harvard, least if we beat those teams it would count towards the playoffs, beating AIC wont

UMass74 said...

I agree that there is no upside to a DII game.

However, low-level I-AA games are not easy to schedule. The Ivy's won't play us. Holy Cross dropped the series with us not UMass. Even Delaware State bought out of a four year contract with us after we beat 'em 51-0 in the first game. We already play the old Yankee Teams (UNH, URI, etc.). The only other I-AA teams in the region are the Northeast Conference (Albany, Stoney Brook, CCSU etc.)

Maybe the Athletic Dept could not get a compatable date with one of those teams and had to settle for AIC???

saint0917 said...

I don't understand why the Ivy's wont play us, Harvard and Yale are only 2 hours away, Holy Cross from the Patriot always gave Umass problems, they hold a 21-20-5 edge on us. I'm just not a big fan of playing D2 schools. And I don't like Umass playing Texas Tech in 2008 it's nothing more than a money game, I would much rather see Umass play B.C. or Uconn. And I think your right, Umass had an open date and filled it with AIC.

UMass74 said...

After the last game with UMass (a 62-22 victory for UMass), the only way UConn will ever play us if they're really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, certain they can beat us.

With Don Brown at the helm, a UConn victory would not be a given, so no UConn for us.

That's why we've got a game with a monster like Texas Tech. There's no way Northeastern LA, Temple or someone from the Sumbelt Conference is going to take a game with UMass. And if you think about it, that's good :)