Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day--2017


I'm thankful for my family and friends, my country---and my football team.

"Perhaps today will be the day when we experience happiness or wisdom. Don't try to grab that moment and hold on to it with all your might. It's not under your control how long it lasts. Enjoy it, recognize it, remember it. Having it for the moment is the same as having it forever."

                                                      Entry for 11/21 "The Daily Stoic" by Holiday and Hanselman

We'll always have Appalachian State, BYU and four-out-of-five win streak. I wish a happy Thanksgiving to all the blog readers.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UMass Football News--November 22nd, 2017

The Salt Lake Tribune wonders if BYU OC Ty Detmer is on the hot seat after the Cougars only scored 10 points on UMass.

The Deseret News says BYU needs a quarterback.

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FIU HC Butch Davis has rediscovered the joy of coaching. I'll bet the UMass coaching staff feels the same thing.

FIU Sports has a first look at the Panthers game against WKU.

The C-USA site also previews the FIU-WKU game. Over the last three games, FIU QB Alex McGough has a 70% completion rate...

McGough has gone 194-303-2269 7 INT's 13 TD's 226.9 yards/game 135.5 EFF

Injured WR Thomas Owens leads C-USA in receptions/game. His status for the UMass game is unknown.

FIU is 10th in conference scoring and 8th in scoring defense.

Vegas has WKU over FIU by 2.5.

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The Valley News looks at coaching vacancies in 2017, which includes two teams UMass played Tennessee and Georgia Southern.

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SB Nation has a post on the first round of the FCS playoffs. James Madison is rated #1. Stony Brook and New Hampshire play in the first round.

New Hampshire has made the FCS playoffs for 14 consecutive years.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

UMass Football News--November 21st, 2017



Coach Walker is UMass' recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach.

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Adam Breneman has accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl.

Breneman did not make the three finalists for the Mackey Award. Breneman is currently 2nd in receiving yards by TE and 2nd in receptions per game by a TE.

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The Deseret News says even in a down year, we can be grateful for football.

The Herald reports BYU is not treating the trip to Hawaii as a vacation.

247Sports ranks the Cougars #56 in 2018 recruiting with 12 three-star recruits and one four-star.

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ESPN predicts Temple, Appalachian State, Ohio, Mississippi State and FIU will be a bowl.

Old Dominion is currently 5-6 and needs a win over Middle Tennessee to become bowl eligible. If UMass had beaten Hawaii (3-8) or Coastal Carolina (2-9) we'd be playing for a bowl invite ourselves.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

UMass Football 2019 recruiting ---LLoyd Summerall

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Lloyd Summerall, a 6-6 210 pound DE from Auburndale, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Just received an offer from Pitt.

Summerall holds eight offers including a number of Power Five teams. UMass and Pitt are the only offers from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--November 20th, 2017

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

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The BYU website has a pretty awesome image gallery from Saturday's game.

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SB Nation has a FBS ranking after the November 18th games that has UMass as #81. A win at FIU could push UMass into the top 50%.

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Keepers College Football rankings has UMass as #101.

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BYU looks to rebound against Hawaii after a loss to "lowly" UMass.

KSL.com says the Cougars were outclassed by UMass.

The Deseret News says BYU-Hawaii will be a de facto bowl game for the two teams involved. The same reasoning could hold for UMass-FIU. It'll be in warm weather and the game will be in December. Except for the FCS playoffs, UMass has not played in December in a long while.

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FIU tries to shake off a pair of losses in one week in order to get ready for Western Kentucky. The Panthers lost star WR Thomas Owens to a knee injury. He could miss the UMass game.

The Sports Chat Place picks WKU to cover the spread against FIU.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

UMass Football News--November 19th, 2017



UMass defeated BYU in Provo in a defensive gem by the Minutemen defense. Before the game the BYU press was saying the Cougar offensive line was the best unit in the team. BYU had run for over 260 yards the game before against UNLV. The UMass defense held BYU to 42 yards after subtracting sack yardage. The Minutemen defense had seven sacks and eight tackles for loss. The UMass corners played great all game. Everyone flew to the ball. The defensive linemen had three batted balls.

The offense did just enough to win. I think we went into a shell a little too early, but the defense held and we beat a Power Five team for the first time.

Congrats to the team and all the blog readers who stayed positive.

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UMass write-up here.

BYU write-up here.

Matty Vautour says it was a milestone win.

The Deseret News says BYU hit historic lows.

The News reports the BYU loss mirrored the whole 2017 season.

Dick Harmon reports BYU knew the UMass blitz was coming but still couldn't handle it.

The Herald says it was a UMass deconstruction.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports it was a embarrassing loss for the Cougars.

SB Nation says BYU hit rock bottom.

It was a bad day for Cougar fans as the BYU hoops team was blown out on their home court by UT Arlington.

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FIU was crushed by FAU 52-24 to guarantee the December 2nd game with UMass will happen.

Hawaii lost to Utah State 38-0.

Coastal Carolina beat Idaho for their first ever Sun Belt conference win.

Old Dominion edged Rice 24-21 to keep their bowl hopes alive.

UCF rolled over Temple 45-19.

Tennessee lost to LSU and fell to 4-7.

Ohio lost to Akron on Tuesday. The Bobcats are still 8-3 for the year.

Georgia Southern beat Southern Alabama 52-0. What!?

Appalachian State had a bye.

Mississippi State moved to 8-3 with a win over Arkansas.

Maine gave up a Hail Mary TD pass with six seconds left to lose to Stony Brook.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Game Day--BYU

UPDATE 6:30 PM

How sweet it is!

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UMass has a chance for a historic win today. The relative strengths of the two programs are far closer than we expected before the season. UMass has scored points all year. The defense is playing better. Since Logan Laurant's Renaissance, the kicking game has improved mightily. When the kicking game got better, so did UMass.

Last year we killed ourselves with turnovers. The Minutemen's defense has been getting some of their own over the last four games. We need to stop the BYU running game and make a third-string QB try to beat us passing.

Nevertheless, beating what is essentially a Power Five team on their home field is a tall order. The altitude in Provo is another challenge. Last year the Minutemen were cramping up all over.

I'll be watching and hoping for a big Minutemen win.

Go UMass!

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Matty Vautour says UMass is hunting a potential huge win.

The Boston Herald reports UMass is looking for a road win over fellow Independent BYU.

The Deseret News has how to watch, stream or attend the game. The game will also be available on ESPN3.

Athlon Sports predicts BYU 27 UMass 21.

The Salt Lake Tribune says surging UMass looks capable of handing BYU its first November home loss since 2005.

Cougar Blue has five true facts about the Minutemen.

The Deseret News predicts BYU 31 UMass 28.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

UMass Football News--November 17th, 2017

A quick look at BYU:

Last year the Cougars went 9-4 with victories over Arizona and Michigan State. They beat Wyoming 24-21 in the Poinsettia Bowl. This year, BYU is having a once-in-a-generation bad year for them. The Cougars are 3-8 with wins over FCS Portland State, San Jose State and UNLV. BYU is down to their third-string QB Joe Critchlow. However, their struggles started with starter Tanner Mangum. The Cougars are #120 in the nation in total offense. They are #61 in scoring defense allowing only 25.9 points a game.

BYU will want to run the ball with all-name team Squally Canada (5-11 217). He's gone 92-546 5.9 AVE 4 TD's. Canada ran for 213 yards and a 8.5 yards/carry against UNLV. Stopping Canada will be a priority for the UMass defense. BYU probably won't win a passing contest with UMass' offense.

A chance like this won't come very often. BYU has Power Five fan base and program. They should be in the Big 12 or PAC Ten. A win over the Cougars (even during this year) would be a major milestone for the Minutemen.

Go UMass!

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Matty Vautour says BYU presents another chance for revenge. I was there last year in Provo. The Minutemen played the Cougars even for the first half, then fell apart in the second ---really fell apart. Ford threw a INT for pick-six. We had a punt blocked to give BYU a short field. We fumbled two kick returns to give BYU more field position and we had a running-into-the-punter penalty that allowed another BYU scoring drive to continue. UMass gave away 28 points in second half.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the BYU game.

Cougar Blue ranks UMass #9 in BYU opponent power rankings.

The Deseret News reports the Minutemen's complex offense will poise problems for BYU's defense.

Saturday's game will be Senior Day for the Cougars.

BYU wants to send the seniors off with a win.

BYU QB "Big Critch" is taking his new celebrity status in stride.

SB Nation picks UMass 26 BYU 25.

Bleacher Report predicts UMass 38 BYU 35.

Athlon Sports predicts UMass 24 BYU 21.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

UMass Football News--November 16th, 2017


Andy Isabella has gone 10-10 GP-GS 51-841 16.5 AVE 8 TD's 69 LONG 84.1 yards/game so far in 2017. Isabella's 8 TD's tie him with Jeremy Horne (2008) and Adrian Zullo (1998) for #10 in the UMass single season pass-reception touchdowns history. He needs 10 receptions more to break into the single season top ten in that category and 81 more reception yards make the top ten in single season receiving yards.

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UMass starting MLB Bryton Barr is contemplating his seventh season of college football.

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports Joe Critchlow has gone from missionary to fifth-stringer to starting QB for BYU.

Former NFL QB Brad Sorensen is cautiously optimistic about Joe Critchlow as the Cougars starting QB.

Former BYU starter Koy Detmer, is trying to be a player-coach for the Cougar's QB's.

Cougar offensive coordinator Ty Detmer's job may be in Joe Critchlow's hands.

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Idaho has three victories in 2017 and is dealing with QB injury problems as they host one-win Coastal Carolina.

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Mississippi State is #16 in the college football playoff rankings.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UMass Football recruiting 2018--DJ Williams

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DJ Willimas, 5-9 185 pound DB from Independence Community College has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from May 2017 features Williams.

His bio at Independence has some stats.

Williams has fourteen offers including Buffalo and UMass from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--November 15th, 2017

Adam Breneman has been selected as one of eight Mackey Award Finalists.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports the second game in the Maine series has been rescheduled to 2021.

Another master move by AD Ryan Bamford which allows UMass to play Rutgers in 2019. The Scarlet Knights are a Northeast FBS team (and there is not a lot of them), plus they are beatable. Rutgers is 4-6 this year with a loss to Eastern Michigan. This is better than another trip to Penn State or West Virginia who is currently tied for second in the Big Twelve.

Future UMass schedules here.

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass sets its sights on BYU.

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The Lawless Republic relates three things to know about the UMass Minutemen.

One of the three things is Andrew Ford.

Another is RB Marquis Young.

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SB Nation ranks all 130 teams and has UMass out of the bottom third of FBS.

The Herald Extra reports the Cougars defensive backfield is working to improve.

The Deseret News says the BYU defense is benefiting from the recent success of the offense.

According to the Deseret News Cougar players watched to UMass-Mississippi State game.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

UMass Football News--November 14th, 2017

Snow on the ground here in Milford...

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The UMass top five in career passing yards:


  1. Liam Coan 11,031 2004-08
  2. Todd Bankhead 7018 1998-99
  3. Blake Fronapfel 6264 2014-16
  4. Dave Palazzi 5461 1985-88
  5. Andrew Ford 5010 2016-17


Matty Vautour reports Andrew Ford is glad to be back after a scary injury.

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Matty also reports the UMass AD Ryan Bamford will make a decision Whipple's contract after the season.

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BYU has its game notes for UMass up.

BYU will try to avoid it's first home losing season in 50 years against UMass this Saturday.

The Cougars lost another QB for the season against UNLV.

"Vanquish the Foe" comments.

The Herald recounts BYU's string of QB injuries.

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FIU and FAU prep for the Shula Bowl.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

UMass Football recruiting 2018--Sterling Palmer

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Sterling Palmer, a 6-7 230 pound TE from Fork Union Military Academy has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Bleacher Report has Fork Union---last chance high. The Minutemen have recruited a number of players from Fork Union in the past.

Palmer also holds an offer from FIU

UMass Football News--November 13th, 2017

BYU opens as a 3.5 point favorite in Vegas.

Keepers College football rankings has UMass by 3.91.

Keepers also has UMass #109 in power rankings.

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BYU fans are celebrating their first road win in a year.

BYU backup QB Joe Critchlow was steady in his first start.

The Herald Extra reports the Cougars improved at UNLV.

KSL.com says a freshman QB, improved running offense and a good effort on defense gave BYU a night to remember at UNLV.

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Tennessee fired Butch Jones after the Vols were blown out by Missouri. That's the second HC on UMass' 2017 schedule that has been fired.

Six FBS coaches have been fired so far in 2017.

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Elijah Wilkinson is playing for the Broncos. His bio.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

UMass Football News--November 12th, 2017


 Well, this game felt like the game against Stony Brook back in 2010. You remember UMass went out to Michigan and gave the Wolverines all they could handle. However, the next week we played new FCS team Stony Brook and managed a 26-21 win over a team we were clearly superior to. UMass looked a little washed out after the big effort against Mississippi State. In addition, Ford was clearly not 100%. Comis was not dressed. Ray Thomas-Ishman Sr was not dressed due to an apparent one-game suspension (he was on the sidelines encouraging his teammates, so all is well with that).

It was a win and three wins ties our best record since joining FBS. We have two games left; wining one or both would show a clear improvement.

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UMass write-up here.

Maine write-up here.

MassLive reports UMass pulls out a big win.

Matty Vautour says UMass held on to beat Maine.

He also reports the Minutemen soaked up the Fenway experience.

The Kennebec Journal reports UMass held Maine to 1-13 in third down conversions.

The UMass Daily Collegian says Isabella and Ford dazzled in a win over Maine.

The Boston Herald reports Ford and Isabella lifted UMass to a victory over the Black Bears.

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Fresno State beat Hawaii to eliminate the Warriors from bowl contention.

Coastal Carolina was blown out by Troy to run their losing streak to nine games.

Old Dominion upset Florida International in a game that has UMass implications. That puts the Panthers two games out a first place in C-USA East. If FIU does not make the conference championships, then the UMass-FIU game will be played on 12/02.

Temple kept their bowl hopes alive with a 35-24 win over Cincinnati.

Missouri ran up 649 yards of offense in a rout of Tennessee.

The Athens Post says the Bobcats proved themselves the class of the MAC conference with a win over Toledo.

Appalachian State gained bowl eligibility with a win over Georgia Southern on Thursday.

Mississippi State almost upset Alabama.

BYU's coach thinks Joe Critchlow will start against UMass.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Game Day--Maine

UMass goes looking for the third win of the 2017 season. The Black Bears are a team we should beat. The Minutemen offense has averaged 29.1 points/game for the season and over 38 points for the last four games. Let's score early and work from the lead. The UMass defense has also played well recently. Some turnovers would help the Minutemen offense.

Although I won't be at Fenway due to my recent move, I'll be watching and cheering for the Minutemen.

Go UMass!

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Medal of Honor winner Thomas G. Kelley will serve as a honorary game captain for today's game. During my life, I've met three Medal of Honor winners. All of them were ordinary men who rose to the situation in a truly amazing manner. Better men than I.

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Matty Vautour reports UMass is not overlooking Maine. The QB situation is still up in the air.

Your guide to football at Fenway Park.

The Press Herald previews the UMass-Maine game.

SBNation predicts UMass 40 Maine 18.

Athlon Sports predicts UMass 38 Maine 13.

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The wonderfully named BYU RB Squally Canada ran for a career high of 213 yards to lead BYU over UNLV 31-21.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

UMass Football News--November 10th, 2017

OK, after many adventures, the blog is back up.

A quick look at the Black Bears:

Maine is 4-4 in 2017. They're #5 in scoring offense and #6 in scoring defense in the CAA. Maine is in the middle of the pack in most league statistics.

The Black Bears beat UMass in 2011 and went 9-4 overall. Maine had another good year in 2013 going 10-3. They've gone 9-13 over the last two years. Maine lost to BC 24-3 in '15 and 45-3 to Toledo in 2016

Maine has always been a big, physical FCS team. They tend to surprise FBS teams who have never played them before. UMass has plenty of experience with them and should know what to expect. Unlike 2011, UMass should have more talent and speed. The Minutemen need to get on top early and not let Maine get going. It'll be a bowl game for the Black Bears, so they'll be motivated.

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MassLive reports Fenway Park wants to be an "alternative" home site for the Minutemen.

MassLive also reports UMass and Maine are set to battle.

Matty Vautour says Minutemen players are excited to play in Fenway.

He also has a featured on Liam Coan who is the Black Bears offensive coordinator. Maine run game coordinator Brian Picucci spent eleven years coaching at UMass.

The UMass Daily Collegian says UMass is trying for its third win in the last four games.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Maine game.

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BYU is a 4.5 underdog to UNLV.

The surging Rebels are relishing a chance to knock off the Cougars.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

UMass Blog Bulletin

I won't be doing any blog posts for a couple of days. Mrs Blog and I are moving to Milford, NH and my internet service won't be back up until at least Thursday.

Hope to be back Friday. Go UMass.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--UMass verbals Jaret Pallotta and Josiah Johnson II

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports UMass QB verbals Jaret Pallotta and Josiah Johnson have been rated three stars by 247Sports.

That doubles the number of three-star recruits on the UMass commitment list.

I blogged about Pallotta's verbal to UMass here and Johnson's commit here.

UMass Football News--November 7th, 2017

Matty Vautour reports both Andrew Ford and Ross Comis will be available for Saturday's game with Maine. That's good news for UMass fans and for Ford and Comis.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the military appreciation uniforms UMass will wear Saturday.

I like 'em. I'll probably bid on one when they're auctioned off.

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Meanwhile, Mississippi State fans are blaming State's scare against UMass on their black uniforms.

The Bulldogs are a 14.5 underdog to Alabama.

This article says Mississippi State will also have patriotic uniforms for the 'Bama game. The article also has a nice image of Marquis Young running through State defenders.

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Sports Illustrated power ranks SEC teams and says maybe SEC teams should avoid UMass.

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The Deseret News says it'll be an open competition to see who will start at QB after Tanner Mangum goes down with a season ending injury.

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FIU Football reports the Panthers are bowl eligible and still in the hunt for the C-USA championship.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--PJ Johnson

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PJ Johnson, a 6-5 315 pound DT from College of San Francisco has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Video here.

College of San Francisco bio here.

Johnson has five FBS offers.


UMass Football News--November 6th, 2017

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Mississippi State game.

The UMass Daily Collegian says UMass made it interesting.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Bulldog fans wanted a four-quarter game and they got one.

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Mississippis State moved up to #18 in AP poll.

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Keepers College Football ratings has UMass a 10 point favorite over Maine.

He has UMass ranked #115 nationally.

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BYU lost their starting QB Tanner Mangum with a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.

More on Mangum's injury.

UMass will be facing Cougar backup QB Beau Hoge or freshman Joe Critchlow.

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If FIU wins the next two games, the Panthers will be C-USA champions and the December 2nd game against UMass is canceled.

The Panthers are also bowl-eligible after Saturday's win against Texas San-Antonio.

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Sunday, November 05, 2017

UMass Football News--November 5th, 2017


Wow! Another great effort against an SEC team. The UMass defense just keeps getting better and better. We held State to 23 points and had two INT's. The Minutemen run defense was stout repeatedly held the Bulldogs to short gains. Fitzgerald did run effectively, but he does that to everyone. The defense did all this against a much bigger Mississippi State offense.

The offense too played well. Isabella was better than anyone State had. I though the O-line played well against a team with a five-star defensive lineman and very good team speed (when was the last time you saw someone catch Marquis Young from behind?). Mississippi State had only given up 24 points for the season at home.

I also liked the intensity of play by the Minutemen. UMass went right at 'em all game. Quote from Marquis Young:

We don’t want moral victories. We don’t want ‘we almost had them,’ we want the win. We
come out here and work hard every week at practice and we respect our opponent we respect
who we’re playing. We respect the SEC.

Keep up that attitude and we could win our final three games of 2017.

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The UMass website says it was a near upset.

The Mississippi State site says the Bulldogs held on. Read the quotes by Dan Mullen about UMass.

The Hampshire Gazette says UMass put a scare into Mississippi State.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the Bulldogs avoided disaster.

The Starksville Daily News says Mississippi State survived a UMass scare.

The Boston Herald reports UMass put up a fight.

Dan Mullen said he didn't think the Mississippi State player who was ejected for targeting was trying to hurt Comis.

247Sports reports Mississippi State survived a UMass scare.

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UNLV beat Hawaii in Vegas. Hawaii drops to 3-5 for the season.

Coastal Carolina almost upset Arkansas.

In what must have been an exciting game, Old Dominion defeated Charlotte 6-0.

Temple beat a slumping Navy.

Tennessee beat Southern Mississippi to snap a four-game losing streak. Vols "fans" are trying to organize a boycott to force a coaching change.

Ohio had already beaten Miami of Ohio on Tuesday 45-28. The Bobcats are 7-2 for the season.

Georgia Southern fell to 0-8.

Appalachian State lost their first Sun Belt game in a shootout with ULM.

Delaware rallied past Maine.

FIU beat Texas San Antonio to become bowl eligible.

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Game Day---Mississippi State


Well, today we play a game that pays the bills so that we can have a team to obsess about. Mississippi State will be the strongest team we've played against his year.  Counting BYU, State will be the sixth Power Five team UMass has played in two years. When people comment on UMass' record, remind them that no other Group-of-Five team played the schedule we did.

The Minutemen need to not give up easy scores. Make State work for theirs. If the offense can string together some drives, we can make it close. UMass has played in a number of difficult environments the last two years. We can do so again. Wish I could be in Starksville today. Should be a fun atmosphere with that cowbell thing. I'll be watching and cheering for the Minutemen

Go UMass!

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Matty Vautour reports Mississippi State presents some unique challenges for UMass.

The Boston Herald say UMass faces a difficult task.

Fan Sided predicts a 54-20 Bulldog win.

The Daily journal scouts the UMass-Mississippi State game.

Fox Sports says Mississippi State expects a challenge from UMass.

FBS Schedules predicts Bulldogs 45 UMass 14.

Mississippi State hopes to handle success well against UMass.

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Michel's Stampeders bio.

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Friday, November 03, 2017

UMass Football News--November 3rd, 2017

A quick look at Mississippi State:

The Bulldogs return six starters on offense and four on defense from a team that finished 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the SEC in 2016. This year they are 6-2 and 3-2 in the SEC and are being mentioned for a major bowl. There are a couple of reasons for Mississippi State's surge this year.

One is the Bulldog defense. In 2016 State was #93 in scoring defense and #110 in total defense. This year they are #11 in scoring defense. The Bulldogs are #23 in rushing defense and #1 in first downs allowed. The UMass offensive line has played better recently, but Mississippi State will be our biggest challenge yet. The Minutemen's best thing is our passing offense, but State is #4 in passing yards allowed. Comis will have to keep the UMass offense moving with his legs (and not get killed doing so).

The other aspect of the Bulldogs renaissance is QB Nick Fitzgerald. At 6-5, 230 he takes dual-threat quarterbacking to a new level. Fitzgerald leads the Bulldogs in both rushing and passing. He averages 6.7 yards/carry and has scored 10 rushing TD's. In passing, he's gone 119-209-1320 56.9% 13 TD's 122.9 EFF, He has thrown 8 INT's. He averages 248 yards/game all by himself. The UMass defense will have to try to contain his running somewhat and play good pass defense. Make state work for their scores and not allow any easy big plays.

Mississippi State will be the best team UMass plays in 2017. I know the Minutemen will play hard and won't quit. UMass will need to generate some offense and get some turnovers to make the score respectable.

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Kevin Dillon of MassLive says UMass will face its toughest test on the road Saturday.

Matty Vautour reports Mississippi State will be the Minutemen's biggest challenge yet.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Mississippi State game.

For Whom the cowbell tolls previews the UMass game with Underdog Dynasty.

State will have a new uniform combination for the Minutemen game.

In and Around SEC Football picks Mississippi State 48 UMass 13.

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

UMass Recruiting 2018--Elijah Johnson verbals to UMass

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Elijah Johnson , a 6-0 180 pound CB from East Longmeadow has Tweeted' he's verbaled to UMass.

247Sports page here.

MassLive has a post about Johnson's commitment to UMass here.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a story about Johnson's verbal to the Minutemen.

MaxPreps has some stats.

Chose UMass over an offer from Bryant.

UMass Football News--November 2nd, 2017


Logan Laurent named New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Award Winner.

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UMass has their game notes for Mississippi State up.

The UMass Daily Collegian says the Bulldogs will be the Minutmen's biggest challenge yet.

The Clarion-Ledger has how to watch the Mississippi State-UMass game .

SEC Country has five things to know about the Bulldogs-Minutemen game.

Mississippi State has only allowed three sacks in its first seven games.

USA Today predicts Mississippi State 45, UMass 14.


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Da'Sean Downey is third in the nation in tackles for loss.

UMass is #20 in the nation in passing offense.

The Minutemen are #38 in total offense.

UMass is dead last in the NCAA in sacks allowed. Mississippi State is #12 in scoring defense.

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Rene Ingoglia is the feature of this story by Yahoo Sports: Cop by day, football analyst by night.

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BYU football gets a boost from the sidelines.

UMass rises to #11 in this power ranking of BYU's opponents.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Josiah Johnson verbals to UMass

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Josiah Johnson, a 6-5 203 pound pro-style QB from Jacksonville, FL has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

I blogged about Johnson back on August 28th.

247Sports page here.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post featuring Johnson here.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from July of 2017 features Johnson.

UMass was Johnson's first offer.

UMass Football News--November 1st, 2017

Matty Vautour report Ross Comis rallied the team before and he's ready to to it again.

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SB Nation names UMass as one of ten "teams-of-the-week" for the Minutemen's double overtime victory over Appalachian State.

UnderDog Dynasty says UMass gained national recognition for the win over the Mountaineers.

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Logan Laurent was named the Lou Groza award winner-of-the-week.

Laurent was also named UMass' co-athlete-of-the-week.

The UMass Daily Collegian says Laurent was setting his sights on Starksville this week.

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Fox Sports reports Mississippi State expects a challenge from UMass.

Quote from the article:

"This year, UMass might still be holding the short stick when it comes to talent. But the Minutemen have heart, which was on display last week."

The Clarion Ledger reports on how Mississippi State went from #120 in passing yards/game to #4.

The Clarion Ledger reports Mississippi State is ranked #16 in the college football playoff poll.

SEC Country says the Bulldogs check in as #16.

ESPN's SEC power rankings has Mississippi State #4 and Tennessee as #13.

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Maine moves their game with Delaware to Portland's Fitzpatrick Stadium.

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BYU's HC Kalani Sitake talks injuries and Fresno State.

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FIU coach Butch Davis cites "a special year" for the Panthers.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

UMass Football 2018--Isaiah Likely

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Isaiah Likely, a 6-2 225 pound WR/Athlete from Malden, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has some stats.

Inside the Huddle has a post about Likely.

Besides UMass, Likely has an FBS offer from Southern Mississippi.

UMass Football News--October 31st, 2017


Watch the joy in the UMass locker room after the win.

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Matty Vautour reports Mississippi State is ranked this week as #21 in the AP  Poll.

Sports Illustrated has the Bulldogs at #22.

The Clarion-Ledger wonders what bowl the Bulldogs will play in.

State does it with the running game and defense.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a Q&A with a Mississippi State fan site.

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The Vegas Line has come in with State as a 28 point favorite.

Keepers college football ratings has the Bulldogs by 44.

UMass' win over Appalachian State didn't do much for the Minutemen's power rankings as Keeper's has us a #123.

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The Starkville Daily news reports Dan Mullen is thinking about UMass, not Florida.

Quote from the article:

 "UMass will also enter Saturday’s game with confidence after winning its last two games, giving Mullen and the Bulldogs greater reason to remain focused.
“They’ve won two in a row,” Mullen said. “They always play tough.”

The Daily Journal says UMass' record is misleading.

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The Associated Press says Adam Breneman can make the case for being the best TE in the country.

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Meanwhile, the injuries keep piling up for BYU.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Parker Ogle verbals to UMass


Parker Ogle, a 6-3 280 pound OG/C from Palm Beach Gardens, FL has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

I blogged about Ogle back on July 10th.

247Sports three-star player.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Ogle's verbal to the Minutemen.

Chose UMass over an offer from Bowling Green.

UMass Football News--October 30th, 2017

Andrew Ford was released from the hospital Saturday night. He also Tweeted he's feeling OK and appreciated all the support he received.

Matty Vautour reports, despite some issues, Saturday was the best win in FBS program history for 
UMass.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Minutemen's win.

The Enterprise News reports UMass gets a win in double overtime.

The Winston-Salem Journal says key penalties cost the Mountaineers in a double overtime loss.

The Citizen-Times reports UMass clips Appalachian State in double overtime.
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There is no Vegas line yet on the UMass Mississippi State game because of Ford's injury. The Vegas Insider consensus line has the Bulldogs by 28.

The Clarion Ledger looks at Mississippi State after their latest win (scroll down a bit till they get to some stuff on the UMass game). Note the Bulldogs get Alabama the week after UMass, so they might be looking ahead, just a bit.

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BYU fans are enjoying their first FBS win of the 2017 season.

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CBS Sports thinks coaches from Mississippi State and Appalachian State have a shot at being named HC at Florida.

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Can the readership help be out with a couple of questions? I didn't understand a couple of plays from Saturday's game.

On the play where the Appalachian State kick returner muffed the catch and then ended batting the ball out of the rear of the endzone----why was that not a safety? He touched the ball in the field of play. Is possession required in order for it to be a safety?

Then on the Ross Comis late hit. I thought once the play stepped out of bounds, the play was over and so the late hit was a dead ball foul. Then after that there were multiple fouls in the scrum resulting from the late hit. The officials initially said the foul on Comis would be enforced, but then offset everything. I though UMass should have had the ball 15 yards from where the late hit occurred and then offsets on both sides. ..

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

UMass Football News--October 29th, 2017


Best FBS win. Best win since Montana.

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The Minutemen set a lot "bests" in their win over Appalachian State, IMHO.

  • Best defensive performance in FBS era. Yes, the wins UMass achieved so far have been mostly defensive grinds, but yesterday's performance was superb. The defense has two INT's. Two forced fumbles and 8 TFL. The Minutemen deserved to win on the defensive effort alone.
  • Best kicking performance in the FBS era. Logan Laurant went 3 for 3 including a 45-yarder with five seconds left to tie the game. He then kicked a 36 yard FG for the first game-wining kick in memory. He had a career day. Take a bow, Logan!
  • Best single offensive drive of the FBS era. With a minute fifty seconds left, Comis led the offense 53 yards to set up the game-saving field goal. 
We beat a league-leading FBS team. It was sweet.

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Kevin Dillon of MassLive says Logan Laurant won it in overtime.






The UMass Daily Collegians reports Andrew Ford's injury sparked the Minutemen to victory.


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Temple had a bye.

Tennessee lost to Kentucky. Tough year for the Vols.


A new head coach did not help Georgia Southern as they lost to Troy 38-16.





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