Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday--November 20th, 2012

Matty V. says Deion Walker and Hafis Williams are still rooting for Notre Dame.

Harry Plumer notes that Central Michigan could be bowl eligible and has five teams the Chippewas are rooting against.

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Buffalo LB Khalil Mack was named MAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week after he had a career day against UMass Saturday.

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Central Michigan's Cody Wilson has been named a finalist for the Wuerrfel Trophy. Home page for the Wuerrful  Trophy here.

Sports Chat place thinks you should take UMass and the points.

Las Vegas odds.

Keepers College football rankings has the Chippewas by 9.00.

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ToledoBlade.com says the Rockets and Bowling Green set up to go bowling.

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You've probably heard by now, but Maryland is leaving the ACC for the Big Ten. That will probably start up more conference realignments. I always believed that if Coach Molnar can make us into a winner, UMass would have a shot at joining the Big East. Now that the Big East has been gutted, that looks less attractive.

Could there be a spot for us in the ACC in the future? We'd be a good fit in their demographics...

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Lots of MAC teams in ESPN's Week#12 Bowl predictions.

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8 comments:

prof. said...

Also Rutgers! I would think that the ACC would be the best fit for both football and basketball so long as the football program evolves; the Big East would be a good for for basketball, but I'm not so sure it will be around in five as a football conference.... Heard that Connecticut is being courted by the ACC for all sports and is likely to join.

prof. said...

Rutgers also looking to join the Big Ten. I heard that Connecticut is being courted by the ACC; seems that the Big East would be a good fit for UMass basketball, but I'm not sure that it will be around in five years as a football conference.

UMASS87 said...

I believe that UMASS will be given the opportunity to join the Big East (sooner) or the Big 10 (later). BC will not let UMASS join the ACC. Plus, the ACC will scoop up UCONN as quickly as possible. It's a no-brainer for the Big East to ask UMASS to replace UCONN, which will give them the Boston/Worcester/Springfield markets. Although the Big East has been downgraded it will still be one of the 16-team "power conferences" when it is all said and done. With that said, the most intriguing possibility is the Big 10. Now that they've got markets in DC (Maryland) and NY (Rutgers), why not pick up Boston with the addition of UMASS? Talk about a no-brainer! We would then be in a division with Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State. Can you imagine the ratings (MONEY!) for Penn State vs. UMASS at Gillette? In the end, if UMASS is able to crash the Big East, ACC or Big 10 they will be shown to have made the jump to the FBS level in the nick of time. This is going to be fun to watch.

UMass74 said...

Amazin' things are happening in college football.

If Coach Molnar can get us some 8-4, 9-3 seasons, IMHO it's hard to rule out any scenario the way things are going.

Maryland has been decidedly mediocre in football for years. Did notice the Terps beat William & Mary 7-6 in their opener? And the Tribe is 2-9 in the CAA!

Mike Paquette said...

I think it's more likely that the MAC may move to bolster their ranks. The Big East, if all the rumored moves go through, will be left with very few teams, football-wise, given that Boise and SDSU might stay in the MWC (rumors of course).

I could see the MAC snagging Cincinnati (they basically own Ohio already) and maybe even another couple BE/CUSA teams to get to the almighty 16.

I'm not sure I'd prefer Big East over MAC for UMass, especially now that the two are on equal footing in terms of Bowl qualification, being two of the "Group of Five" conferences. Yeah, we might have more natural rivals in the BE NOW, but in five years, there may be zero northeast football schools there.

UMass74 said...

With the Big East adding Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Boise State and San Diego State, they look more like a reconstituted CUSA.

That would not be a very attractive travel schedule for the Minutemen.

Anonymous said...

If the Big Ten is smart they will get ahead of the curve and snatch up UMass, strong academically, 6th largest media market, world class facility at Gillette, strong all around athletic program.

Anonymous said...

Btw, and our band is incredible!