Friday, October 07, 2016

Game Day Old Dominion--October 7th, 2016

Good Morning from Gettysburg, PA. Mrs Blog and I are in a fall-back position after leaving Tidewater. It's disappointing to miss the game after driving all that way, but hopefully I'll be at least able to get an audio feed.

The Minutemen face another challenge this week: an away game in bad weather in a short week. UMass faces yet another teams that likes to run the ball, so we need to stop the ground game while still defending the deep pass. The Minutemen need a win to get some momentum for the second half of the season.

The UMass defense has been tenacious this season. Faced with a series of Power Five teams, the defense has played well. The Minutemen need more offensive production. Hopefully the team of Comis' legs and Ford's passing ability will produce more points. If anything, opposing defenses will have to plan for both.

Go UMass!!!

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The game will be available on Conference USA-TV for a fee. You can get a 24 hour pass for $6.95.

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UPDATE: Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the game and predicts Monarchs 27 Minutemen 21.

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Matty Vautour reports UMass is trying to reverse course at Old Dominion.

The UMass Daily Collegian says UMass prepares for the Monarchs after a change in schedule.

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The Daily Progress previews the UMass-Monarchs game.

The Virginia Pilot says UMass and Old Dominion are far different programs that when they met in 2011.

The Pilot picks Old Dominion over UMass 31-28.

Campus Insiders picks the Monarchs over the Minutemen 27-20.

Sports Handicapper reviews the point spread and points out "from every indicator, UMass has played a substantially tougher schedule".

The Richmond Times says UMass has played a savage schedule.

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The Salt Lake Tribune says if BYU does not get into the Big 12, it should stay independent.

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FBschedules.com looks at the college games affected by hurricane Matthew.

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1 comment:

vetteson said...

Like Tulane, this game is the kind that will determine if we are still a 3-win team or something better (or even worse). Again, we have to beat the CUSA/Sunbelt/SWC teams to get to where everyone wants to be. It's not just the coach saying "we have to learn how to win" or a player running into the kicker, or the QB getting sacked and then fumbling the ball. It's everything. Depth continues to be an issue but and the ingredients are there to compete with these other teams, just have to play a complete game (including the coaching staff).