Tuesday, September 25, 2018

UMass Football News--September 25th, 2018


Flo Football has video highlights of Young's game against Charotte.

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Josh Walfish has plays that mattered against Charlotte.

Josh also reports Bryton Barr's energy led the UMass defense. He also mentions defensive linemen Jake Byczko and Leon Flanagan, JR. The UMass defensive line was really active, putting pressure on the 49ers QB and controlling the line of scrimmage in defending the run game.

Whipple again said Ford and Comis will be a game-time decision for Ohio.

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

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Vegas Insider has Ohio as a 13 point favorite over UMass.

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The Ohio Post has five fun facts about the Minutemen.

The Post also has highlights from Frank Solich's weekly press conference.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

UMass Football News--September 24th, 2018


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Josh Walfish reports Mike Curtis was successful in his first UMass start.

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Underdog Dynasty said an early surge carried UMass.

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The Niner Times reports Charlotte fell short.

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The Boston Herald said Whipple has confidence in all his quarterbacks.

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The Sports Chat place previews the UMass-Ohio game.

WOUB said the Bobcats coughed up a big lead over Cincinnati.

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In this week's AP Top 25, Georgia stays at #2, BYU is #20 and USF received 50 votes. BC not only fell out of the Top-25, they fell out "others receiving votes".

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

UMass Football News--September 23rd, 2018

Well the Minutemen turned it on yesterday. The UMass defense out-hit Charlotte. They pressured the QB all day. When the 49ers completed a pass, the defenders were there. The defense had 4 sacks and we stopped the 49ers on four out of five fourth down attempts.

Bryton Barr had an epic day: 21 tackles, 4.0 TFL 1 sack.

Third string QB Michael Curtis engineered 42 points. He ran for 2 TD's and passed for two. When he ran he took good angles and did not get lit up at the end of the carry.

Marquis Young had a 94 yard kickoff return and averaged 6.2 yards a carry.

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UMass write-up here.

Charlotte's write-up here.

Josh Walfish reports the Minutemen started fast.

The Daily Collegian said Mike Curtis willed UMass to win over Charlotte.

MassLive reports UMass ended a three-game skid.

Fox Sports said Curtis accounts for four TD's, beats Charlotte.

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Duquesne played Hawaii tough at Aloha Stadium.

Boston College's stay in the top-25 was brief as they were handled by Purdue 30-13.

Miami was up 31-0 and dominated FIU 31-17.

Ohio could not hold 21 point lead over Cincinnati.

Big plays pushed USF past East Carolina.

Undefeated North Texas crushed Liberty 47-7

BYU ran over FCS McNeese State 30-3.

Georgia used turnovers to defeat Missouri 43-29.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Game Day -- Charlotte 2018


If UMass is to do anything this year, we need to win at home. The press reports the defensive secondary may be back to full strength. That should help.

What we really need is to get the offense in gear. UMass is currently #125 in total defense.  The offense ranks #98 in scoring offense. The Minutemen were supposed to have the best offense we've had. Scoring 24 points will not get it done. We need 400+ yards of offense against the 49ers.

I'll be there cheering for the Minutemen.

Go UMass!!!

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Josh Walfish reports UMass QB Michael Curtis will be ready if called to play today.

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The Berkshire Eagle says the Minutemen hope home cooking will cure all ills.

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Underdog Dynasty picks UMass to squeak by the 49ers.

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HERO Sports previews the UMass-Charlotte game.

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How the 49ers new A.D. has changed the atmosphere at the athletic dept.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

UMass Football News--September 21st, 2018

Josh Walfish has his weekly "Inside the Pressbox" feature.

He also has this week's football notebook. Josh reports senior QB's Ross Comis and Andrew Ford are gametime decisions for Saturday. Whipple said Minutemen DB's Bryce McAlister and Bakhari Goodson will be back. TE Kyle Horn is "possible" against Charlotte and possibly fully back by the Ohio game.

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FloFootball has the Minutemen looking to get back on track against Charlotte.

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The Amherst Wire has a story on the changes to the UMass tailgating policy for 2018.

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass returns home after a three-game road stint.

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YUR NE has a nice post featuring UMass CB Lee Moses.

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The Boston Herald picks UMass to cover the spread against Charlotte. Note however, he went 0-7 last week.

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Athlon Sports predicts Miami over FIU 52-20. You remember in 2006 Miami and FIU had an epic brawl during the game.

YouTube video of the brawl here.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Nick Pendley

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Nick Pendley, a 6-5 290 OL from Canton, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.


Video of some April Rivals Camp drills.

2017 All-Region.

Pendley has eleven offers including UConn from the Northeast.

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UMass Football News--September 20th, 2018

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

Mike makes one point that I totally agree with. The 2018 schedule is about as easy as it gets for an independent. The 2019 schedule that includes @ Rutgers, @ Louisiana Tech (currently 2-0), @ Army, @ Northwestern and home against BYU is tougher. Rutgers is terrible, but we do not play well on the road.

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The Herald Extra has UMass as #11 in BYU opponent power rankings.

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This Naples Daily News article mentions UMass freshman Claudin Cherrelus.

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The Spot thinks the Minutemen might benefit in the betting line from returning home.

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The Hattiesburg American power ranks the C-USA conference and has FIU #5 and Charlotte as #9.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

UMass Football News--September 19th, 2018

UMass has the game notes for Charlotte up .

So does Charlotte.

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Josh Walfish reports the Minutemen defense is working on improving tackling skills.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says the Minutemen seek a season-changing win against Charlotte.

The Collegian also has a story about new construction on campus including the practice bubble and new scoreboard.

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Former UMass player Jack Driscoll is banged up, but will continue to start at RT for Auburn against Arkansas.

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UMass is moving lower in CBS Sports Bottom 25.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UMass Football News--September 18th, 2018

Josh Walfish reports UMass is dealing with mounting frustration. Generally, losing does not make for a happy locker room. Josh says there will be a "players-only" meeting today.

He also says neither Ford or Comis practiced yesterday.

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UMass opened a 10 point favorite over Charlotte, but the line has dropped to 8.5 or 9. Mayber that's when Vegas heard Ford and Comis did not practice.

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Michael Traini recaps the FIU game.

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Sports Illustrated picks Purdue to beat the spread against Boston College.

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Underdog Dynasty power ranks C-USA teams for this week and has FIU #5 and Charlotte as #9.

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USA Today has UMass down six notches to #100 in the national power rankings.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

UMass Football News--September 17th, 2018

Josh Walfish has UMass football notes. He said Minutemen third-string QB Mike Curtis earned mixed reviews for his performance against FIU. UMass did ring up 199 yards rushing. Jordan Fredericks is currently 18-129 7.2 AVE. He has zero runs for a loss. Maybe he should get the ball more than an average of six carries a game.

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No line yet on UMass-Charlotte.

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Underdog Dynasty says FIU fired on all cylinders and steamrolled UMass.

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The Miami Herald reports FIU pummeled the Minutemen.

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BC broke into the AP Top-25 for the first time in 10 years .

The AP poll has Georgia #2, BYU #25 and UCF received 12 votes.

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The New Haven Register has five thoughts from the Huskies 56-49 win over Rhode Island. UConn gave up 550 yards of offense and five drives of 70 yards or more to the Rams.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

UMass Football News--September 16th, 2018

Dear Friends: I got nothing...

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UMass write-up here.

The FIU coverage says the Panthers bombarded the Minutemen.

Josh Walfish reports the UMass struggles continued.

Josh mentions missed tackles loomed large for the Minutemen.

Local 10 News says FIU ran all over UMass.

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Duquesne ran its winning streak to three with a win over Dayton.

Georgia Southern lost to Clemson 38-7.

Ohio lost to Virginia45-31.

USF beat Illinois 25-19.

UConn survived a wild game with Rhode Island 56-49.

BYU stunned #6 Wisconsin 24-21.

Georgia rolled past Middle Tennessee State 49-7.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Game Day FIU---2018


UPDATE: I just turned off the WHYN internet radio feed. It's absolutely brutal.  It's unlistenable. Robo-comercials every two minutes. It's painful. UMass should try streaming WMUA. Anything would be better than this...

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Not a lot of mystery involved in what we need to do in today's game. Score points. The first team offense has produced two TD's in two games. We can't can't beat people that way. The defense needs to tighten up the pass defense. The 154 passing yards and 2 TD's killed us against Georgia Southern. FIU is a decent Group-of-Five team. They should be in our wheelhouse.

Maybe listening to the game with Josh and Matt will break the bad play streak. I'll be tuning in and hoping for a victory.

Go UMass!

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Josh Walfish reports UMass seeks to increase its defensive pressure.

Two Underdog Dynasty writers preview the UMass-FIU game and both predict a Panther victory.

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The FIU university community rallies around the two Panther players shot in a drive-by shooting.

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Duquesne looks to keep its two-game winning streak going.

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Georgia Southern gets powerhouse Clemson.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

UMass Football News--September 14th, 2018

Josh Walfish has his weekly "inside the pressbox" story.

In his Twitter feed he has some injury status reports for the FIU game.

From the Tweet:

McAllister - PROBABLE
Ally - PROBABLE 
Lebeau - DOUBTFUL 
Timite- OUT 
Steele - QUESTIONABLE 
Goodson - QUESTIONABLE

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the FIU-UMass game and predicts a Panther victory.

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The Berkshire Eagle says UMass wraps up a three-game road trip at Florida International.

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That drive-by-shooting of two FIU football players? The assailants also shot a guy's dog.

Panther RB Anthony Jones, who had been in a medically induced coma has been moved to a regular room.

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I watched the Boston College - Wake Forest game last evening. The Eagles won 41-34. BC again gave up two TD's from special teams miscues. The Deacons were much more a a physical match for BC than UMass and Holy Cross had been.

The Charlotte 49ers moved their record to 2-1 with a win over Old Dominion.


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Jonathan Collins III

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I've blogged about 2019 commit Jonathan Collins a couple of times before.

This article by Philly.com features Collins.

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UMass Football News--September 13th, 2018

UMass has their game notes for FIU up.

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Josh Walfish reports Syracuse transfer Jordan Fredericks is making an impact with the Minutemen. If there's been an offensive bright spot in the last two weeks, it's been Fredericks. He's looked good running the ball. He should get to do it more.

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Former UMass DL Brandon Potvin has joined Malik Hall at Bates as defensive coordinator.

Potvin's and Hall's Bates bios here.

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Athlon Sports picks Wake Forest to beat the spread against BC and win outright.

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Clemson is a 34 point favorite over Georgia Southern.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

UMass Football News--September 12th, 2018

FIU has their game notes for UMass up.

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Josh Walfish reports the Minutemen look to get the offense in gear.

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The UMass Daily Collegian profiles Minutemen WR coach Leonard Hankerson. His UMass bio.

The Collegian also has a post on Brice McAllister returning to his western Massachusetts roots.

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Three UMass opponents have their schedules altered because of the hurricane.

BC-Wake Forest gets moved up.

Liberty postpones their game against Norfolk State.

Coastal Carolina vs Campbell is moved to tonight.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

UMass Football News--September 11th, 2018


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Josh Walfish reports execution issue plague the Minutemen. Some of the issues that commenters have been complaining about relate to the injury situation. Bakhari Goodson and Xavier Steele were both out. Starting safety Tyler Hayes played OLB. Bilal Ally and Kyle Horn were also out.

Josh also has three plays that mattered in the Georgia Southern game.

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Boston College is ranked 28th in this week's AP poll and 30th in the coaches poll.

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Sports Chat Place looks at the FIU-UMass game.

FIU's September 22nd game against Miami will be on national TV.

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Speaking of TV, beIN Sports has been dropped by A T&T and Direct TV. That may make it difficult for some UMass fans to see the game.

beIN has a list of cable TV systems carrying beIN sports.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

UMass Football News--September 10th, 2018

Vegas has UMass a 4.5 underdog to FIU.

SB Nation thinks UMass will beat the spread.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Georgia Southern game.

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The Daily Collegian reports a late first half TD propels Georgia Southern past the Minutemen.

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MassLive actually has a post on the Eagles-Minutemen game. I thought they had given up UMass sports.

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Survalance camera footage shows the drive-by shooting of two FIU football players.

The shooting didn't stop FIU from beating Old Dominion.

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Blogger gives me various stats on the blog. One of them is page views by country. Recently I've had 99 views by "unknown country". Never had that before in ten years of running the blog.

1 Aliens?

2. Putin's minions?

3. Hillary' closet server is back up?

4. The Singularity?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

UMass Football News--September 9th, 2018

After thinking about it, the defense actually did not play that badly. They did give up that 2:00 minute TD at the end of the half. And we struggled to cover receivers from a option team. The defense did get a four-down stop deep in UMass territory. We also added a turnover at midfield. GSU had one 43-yard run, but most of the time they had to work for yards.

The offense, however, stunk. The first team offense has scored two TD's in two games. The passing game produced 190 yards and 0 TD's. Andrew Ford's longest completion was 19 yards. Comis fumbled the ball on his second (and last) appearance. I didn't like the play calling either. We'd get two first downs in a row and then we'd switch away from what was working. The offense looked out of sync all night. The Minutemen did kick a 42-yard field goal.

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The UMass write-up.

The Georgia Southern write-up.

The Hampshire Gazette said UMass stumbled.

WTOC reported the Eagles enacted revenge.

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Duquesne beat Valparaiso 23-21.

Boston College rolled over Holy Cross 62-14. The Crusaders two TD's came on blocked BC punts.

FIU outlasted Old Dominion in a rain and lighting delayed game.

Charlotte lost to Appalachian State 45-9.

Ohio had a bye.

USF was an offensive machine while upsetting Georgia Tech.

Coastal Carolina exploded in the second half beating Alabama Birmingham 47-24.

UConn gave up 820 yards of offense to Boise State, losing 62-7.

Army rang up 449 yards rushing to beat Liberty 38-14.

Cal edged BYU in LaVell stadium 21-18.

Georgia ran over #24 South Carolina 41-17.

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Game Day --Georgia Southern 2018



Well this is a game we need to win to have a breakthrough season. Georgia Southern is a solid Group-of-Five team, but they're not a powerhouse (yet). The Minutemen offense needs to score. The whole team is build around offense. We need five or more TD's today. Our receiving corps of Andy Isabella, Sadiq Palmer and Jesse Britt needs to lead the way. A good passing offense should open the way for Marquis Young to run.

The defense just needs to play solid assignment football. No busted coverages with no UMass DB in picture. Turnovers helped the Minutemen beat Appalachian State last year. A couple today to give the offense a short field would be huge. If an option team gets behind, it's generally hard for them to comeback.

Let's get this one done today. Go UMass!

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Josh Walfish answers questions from fans in his Week #2 mailbag.

Josh also reports UMass is looking to bounce back against Georgia Southern.

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UnderDog Dynasty previews the Eagles-Minutemen game.

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Savannah Now says the Eagles are looking for revenge.

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Friday, September 07, 2018

UMass Football News--September 7th, 2018


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Josh Walfish has his weekly "Inside the Pressbox" question-and-answer session with a Georgia Southern writer.

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The Berkshire Eagle says UMass looks to erase the memory of the BC loss with a game at Georgia Southern.

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The Statesboro Herald reports the Minutemen invade Paulson Stadium this Saturday.

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The George-Anne reports the Eagles hope to play dominate defense against UMass.

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SB Nation picks UMass to beat the spread at Georgia Southern.

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The Boston Herald previews BC's game against Holy Cross.

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Two FIU players, including their starting RB were shot during a drive by shooting in Opa-locka. Thank goodness neither was seriously injured.

Five takeaways from FIU' opening loss to Indiana.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

UMass Football News--September 6th, 2018

UMass finally has their game notes for Georgia Southern up.

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Josh Walfish reports the UMass defense looks to restore discipline.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Georgia Southern game.

He also has seven questions with Eagle Sports Insider.

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The Daily Collegian says the Minutemen face a competitive test against Georgia Southern.

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The George-Anne reflects on the history between UMass and Georgia Southern.

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Two different ACC blogs power rank BC third and fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Boston College QB Anthony Brown won the New England Gold Helmet award for his performance against UMass last Saturday.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

UMass Football News--September 5th, 2018

OK, let's stop with the wailing and gnashing of teeth. We were not the only team to take it on the  chin last Saturday. UConn was crushed by USF 56-17. Fellow Independent New Mexico State, which was claiming they were back, managed only seven first downs and -9 yards rushing against Wyoming. Temple lost to Vilanova, which is a good FCS team. East Carolina lost to North Carolina A&T, which is not.

UMass has some things they can correct. It was a bad call to go fourth-and-one so early in the game. Ford, running left, threw across his body for an INT. Ally fumbled the ball inside the ten. That's 21 points right there. When BC threw over the top, there was usually no white shirt even in the picture. We can do better.

If we'd played heroically and lost 48-49 we'd still be 1-1. The Minutemen need to shake it off and beat Georgia Southern. Starting the season 2-1 would be huge. If you missed it, Georgia Southern had the Sun Belt's 2nd ranked recruiting class. We need to get 'em this year 'cause they're going to be good in the future.

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Josh Walfish reports Bakhari Goodson is stepping up with Isaiah Rogers suspended. He also states Rogers is expected back for Georgia Southern.

Josh also mentions the play of Ross Comis. Maybe it's just me, but Andrew Ford has looked a little tentative so far in 2018. I think if a QB leads the team to a score, he should get the next series.

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BC inches closer to a Top-25 ranking.

The full Top-25 is here.

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The Inkwell reports Georgia Southern started with a win Saturday and looks forward to UMass this weekend.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

UMass Football News--September 4th, 2018


Andy Isabella's game against BC pushed his receiving totals to 2,054 yards. That pushes him to #6 in the UMass career receiving ahead of Brandon London (2,022). He needs 36 yards to pass Julian Talley for the #5 slot.

Isabella's 138 career receptions places him at #6, four receptions ahead of Adam Bereneman.

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Georgia Southern has their game notes for UMass up.

The Eagles LB Tomarico Reese was named Sun Belt defensive player-of-the-week for his ten tackles against South Carolina State.

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Sportschat Place previews the Minutemen-Eagles game and picks UMass.

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The UConn Blog looks at the results of the Huskies' opponents from Week #1 including the "dismal" results for UMass.

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After Week #1, ESPN predicts bowl games for Boston College, Georgia Southern, Ohio, BYU and USF.

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Monday, September 03, 2018

UMass Football News--September 3rd, 2018

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Boston College game.

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The UMass Marching Band will perform at the Patriots home opener.

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The Berkshire Eagle says UMass can't count on joining the AAC. All conference affiliations are set in stone until they're not. Houston would jump at the chance to join the Big 12. Both South Florida and Central Florida have openly stated their Power Five ambitions.

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ESPN has BC at #24 in its Power Index.

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Georgia Southern QB Shai Werts said he was "comfortable" in the Eagles win over South Carolina State.

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Vegas Insider has the Eagles a 2.5 point favorite over UMass.

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Canceled college football games leave Midwest teams scrambling.

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Sunday, September 02, 2018

UMass Football News--September 1st, 2018

Well, we were no match for BC. UMass just did not get any plays to stay competitive. We fumbled the ball inside the 10 yard line. The Minutemen failed on three or four third-and-ones. Nobody made any great catches. When UMass packed the box, BC threw over it to wide open receivers.

Tip your hat to Bryton Barr and Bryce McAllister though. Barr went 15 UT 2 AT 17 TT and McAllister went 11 UT 2 AT 13 TT and 2 TFL. Those guys were warriors. Thirty tackles by two guys!

"Ah, alas! cried Gloin. When will the day come of our revenge?"

                                       Gloin, father of Gimli Elf-Friend at the Council of Elrond

We got beat. I'll wait another year. It'll be sweet when it comes.

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The UMass athletic site said UMass was halted.

Boston College said Anthony Brown threw a career high four TD's.

Josh Walfish reports BC routed the Minutemen.

Josh said the Minutemen look to learn and move on.

The Boston Herald said BC easily handled UMass.

NBC Sports reports Anthony Brown's return was impressive.

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Duquesne beat Lock Haven 45-0.

Georgia Southern cruised to a 37-6 win over South Carolina State.

FIU lost to Indiana 28-38.

Charlotte rolled past Fordham 34-10.

Ohio escaped Howard 38-34.

USF beat Elon 34-14.

Coastal Carolina played SEC South Carolina and lost 45-15.

UConn played UCF Thursday and was crushed 56-17.

Liberty had an impressive FBS debut blasting Old Dominion 52-10.

BYU scored an big 28-23 win over Arizona.

Georgia opened with a 45-0 win over FCS Austin Peay.

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

Game Day Boston College--2018


UPDATE: I have the UMass-BC game on my Comcast Xfinity TV.

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UMass will wear all-white for today's game. For road trips, all-white is my favorite because:

1. We won our National Championship in 'em

2. Skill players look really fast in all-white.

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UMass has the best team we've had since the move to FBS. Boston College (according to pundits) has their best team in ten years. The Eagles have the most NFL-ready back in college football in A.J. Dillon. Boston College's passing attack probably will look better than it really is because the entire Minutemen defense will be geared up to trying to contain Dillon.

Despite the disparity in size, Minutemen fans can take heart in the fact that we've made real progress. I would not trade the Ford-Comis duo for Anthony Brown or their #2 guy. The starting Minutemen WR corps of Isabella, Britt and Palmer is better too. The UMass starting backfield of Moses, Hayes, McAllister and Rogers is as good as any DB's the Eagles have.

That said, the other units favor the Eagles. Let's hope there is some opening rust on Brown. If UMass could get a couple of turnovers and Georgopoulos can make Boston deal with a long field all game, we've got a chance.

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Josh Walfish reports slowing A.J. Dillon will be a tall task for the Minutemen defense.

Click on Detroit previews the game and predicts BC 42-UMass 21.

All  the BC Interruption guys predict a big win for the Eagles.

Underdog Dynasty predicts a close Boston College win.

Fox Sports says Boston College looks to build off 2017 in their opener against UMass.

The Patriot Ledger says the Eagles are optimistic.

The Golf Digest (no, I don't have any idea why either) says take the over in the UMass-BC game.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

UMass Football News--August 30th, 2018

My Comcast Xfinity NCAA football games list shows the UMass-BC game as an upcoming game with the notation "internet". That's a new one on me. Maybe they are going to stream the game?

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Josh Walfish answers this week's questions about the BC game including how to stop A.J. Dillon, position matchups an more.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has five questions with the BC Interruption blog.

Mike returns the favor as he answers five questions from BC Interruption.

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The Berkshire Eagle previews the UMass-BC game.

The Daily Collegian reports UMass seeks back-to-back wins to start the 2018 season.

The Dorcester Reporter says it's be Miranda vs Miranda Saturday at the Heights.

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The Duquesne Duke recaps last week against the Minutemen. The Dukes play DII Lock Haven this Saturday.

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The Boston Herald reports A.J. Dillion is ready to run the ball and catch it too.

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UConn was run over by UCF last night 56-17. The game featured some poor tackling by both sides. UConn QB David Pindell looked good running the ball, less good passing. Huskie RB Kevin Mensah, who UMass recruited heavily, did not get any running room from the Knights defense. Mensah rushed 20 times for 60 yards.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

UMass Football News--August 30th, 2018

UMass has their game notes for Boston College up.

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Josh Walfish reports Amherst native Taj-Amir Torres will start against the Minutemen this Saturday.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Eagles-Minutemen game.

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The Naples Daily News has a post on Claudin Cherrelus and Patrick Volcy getting some playing time in UMass' game against Duquesne.

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The AAC.com has a long segment on Steve Addazio's comments on the leagues weekly press conference. Addazio talks about the UMass team and his relationship with Mark Whipple.

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The Herald updates the power rankings of BYU's 2018 opponents.

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The Roanoke Times previews Saturday's games including BC-UMass.

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Writers for the UConn Daily Campus discuss which games they are most excited about in the 2018 season and one writer picks UMass. UConn has not yet announced the time of the contest.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UMass Football News--August 29th, 2018


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Josh Walfish has an update on UMass news for Tuesday. Josh reports that Whipple would not comment on if suspended starters Jarell Addo and Isaiah Rogers would be available for BC. He did say injured DE Leon Flanagan would practice, but is "questionable" for Saturday. Addo's backup Tyrus LeBeau was out of a sling but is also questionable. Xavier Steele is the next man up after LeBeau. Jesse Britt is another starter should return.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on A.D. Ryan Bamford's August Facebook interview.

During halftime of last week's game Bamford said the Jacobson gift would be used to build a practice bubble outside of the stadium. My impression of what Bamford said is that the bubble would be erected over a new turf field. UMass certainly could use a turf practice field. Back in 2011 when Mrs Blog and I went to the UMass-Delaware game the Hens had two turf practice fields in addition to their stadium.

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Eagle Insider previews the UMass-BC game.

The Eagle Insider has weekly rundown of BC news and lists the UMass game as a "certain win".

BC Interruption looks at the Eagles depth chart.

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BC High has a nice story about UMass freshman DE Elijah Miranda and his brother Isaiah Miranda who plays for Boston College.

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A 247Sports writer predicts Georgia's 2018 season and rates UMass worse than Austin Peay.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

UMass Football News--August 28th, 2018

Boston College has their game notes for UMass up.

BC says the game will be telecast on the ACC Extra channel. Here's how to view it.

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There will be a UMass alumni/gridiron club event at BC this Saturday.

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Josh Walfish has plays that mattered against Duquesne.

Josh also reports Minutemen RB Victor Santiago had a big week.

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The Boston Herald reports Steve Addazio and Mark Whipple know each other well.

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Vegas Insider has BC -18 over UMass. That's down from -20.

ESPN predicts Addazio as the ACC Coach-of-the-Year and an 8-4 record for the Eagles.

BC names their captains for 2018.

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The UConn Blog previews the Huskies-Minutemen game and predicts a UMass victory.

The Huskies get a tough draw Thursday as they host UCF.

A dime back says there are five reasons for UConn to be positive about the 2018 season.

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The Georgia Southern student newspaper previews the Eagles' 2018 season and predicts an 8-4 record.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

UMass Recruiting 2019--Tyrell Wiggins verbals to UMass

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UMass picked up its second win of the day Saturday when Tyrell Wiggins, a 5-11 177 pound athlete from Roxbury, MA Tweeted he's joining the Minutemen.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Wiggins' verbal.

Hudl.com has video.

Chose UMass over offer from Maine. Also drew interest from Kent State and Old Dominion.

UMass Football News--August 27th, 2018

We saw some good performances from new players Saturday.

George Georgopoulos- Uncorked a 50-yard punt and another sky high for no return. Let's hope that was the start of a four-year stellar career. Honorable mention to Cooper Garcia and Mike Caggiano who didn't miss an extra point or kick out of bounds.

Joseph Norwood-He already looked bigger and stronger than his HS highlight video. Didn't look lost and, when he was in, he was around the ball, which is a good sign for a defensive player.

Kyle Horn-- Five catches, four for first downs. Andrew Ford needs a TE he can check down to. Great start to 2018.

Larnel Coleman--Jack who? Coleman graded out as one of the top performances Saturday. UMass ran for 282 yards and when you can run the ball, the opposing defense is in trouble.

Bryce McAllister--UConn didn't want to file for the medical redshirt on Mcallister? He looked like a senior out there. Two INT's because he knew where the ball was going to be.

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

Pittsburgh Sports Now says Duquesne was out-classed.

The Boston Herald says the Minutemen found plenty of positives.

SB Nation has eleven fun things from college football's Week 0

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Sports Chat Place previews the UMass-BC game and thinks the Minutemen will beat the spread.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

UMass Football News--August 26th, 2018

Well, UMass started the 2018 season with a bang. The Minutemen played a lot of players (did you notice Joseph Norwood was in the game in the first quarter?) Nobody got hurt. The Minutemen rang up 282 yards rushing. Bryce McAllister had two INT's. TE Kyle Horn had five catches for 49 yards.

Not counting the starters, UMass played 41 (if I counted right) players. Most pundits thought it would a pretty close game. It wasn't.

Great start the season.

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UMass write-up of the game.

Duquesne's write-up.

Josh Walfish reports UMass cruised.

Josh said explosive plays led to the blowout.

He also said Joseph Norwood stood out in his first game as a Minutemen.

The UMass Collegian reports Andy Isabella exploded.

MassLive has their first UMass football story of the fall as they report UMass dominated Duquesne.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Game Day Duquesne--2018


All right, here we go for 2018. We've all been waiting a long time to see players in Maroon & White running around McGuirk.

I still think UMass will play a reduced package today. We'll save the line stunts and five wide receivers for Boston College.

I do want to see Kyle Horn, Travis Reynolds and Taylor Edwards catch some passes. The TE has always been a significant part of Whipple's offense. We'll see what happens today.

I want to see George Georgopoulos punt. Kicking has been such a thorn in our side a four-year flip-the-field punter would be wonderful. I want to see Cooper Garcia or Mike Caggiano kick in a game situation. Last year we started 0-4 and didn't make a field goal until the Ohio game half way through the season.

I want to see the new defensive line be active. Jake Byczko, Joe Previte, Mario Patton and Leon Flanagan should be able to control the line of scrimmage against a FCS team.

2018 will be my 42nd consecutive year with UMass football season tickets. Hope it's one to remember.

Go UMass!

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The game is available on NESN+, which is available from Xfinity. NESN channel finder for New England.

The Berkshire Eagle says UMass opens its home slate with a game against Duquesne.

Josh Walfish reports UMass hopes to shine in national spotlight.

The Boston Herald has three things to watch for in today's game against the Dukes.

Duquesne is set for the first of two FBS showdowns.

Fan Sided previews the Minutemen-Dukes game and predicts UMass by eleven.

Sports Illustrated previews Week 0's games.

Fan Buzz predicts UMass by four.

Fan Sided predicts the Minutemen by 19.

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