Monday, September 26, 2022

UMass Football News--September 26th, 2022

UMass DB Jordan Mahoney continued his fine season for the Minutemen against Temple. He had a INT, a FF, 1 UT and 1 BKUP. The UMass defensive coverage was good all game. Temple QB E.J. Warner made some really nice throws against the Minutemen coverage.

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ESPN recaps the UMass-Temple game.

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October 1st will be homecoming for Eastern Michigan. 

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The Niagara Gazette said Buffalo clobbered Eastern Michigan for the Bulls first victory.

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Liberty beat Akron to run the Flames record to 3-1, but the Zips made it close.

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Misery loves company 4a. I watched the Boston college - Florida State game on the treadmill yesterday afternoon. The Seminoles crushed the Eagles 44-10. Boston college is #128 in rushing. Eagles running backs are averaging 1.98 yards a carry.

Meanwhile, Florida State was running straight up the A gap for 10 yards/carry. The Eagles could be looking a three-win season.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

UMass Football News--September 25th, 2022

 Yesterday the UMass defense did all anyone could ask. The Minutemen defense had 1 FF and two INT's. They held Temple to 4-13 on third and fourth downs. In addition, they had 6 TFL and held the Owls to a 3.1 yards/carry.  Temple RB's had 55 total yards rushing. Granted Temple does not have a good offense, but I think the UMass defense is starting to look like a Don Brown outfit.

The difference was Temple had E. J Warner and we didn't. You know I love all UMass players and want them all to do well, but we just did not get acceptable production from the QB position.

I strongly agree with the current coaching philosophy. You win with defense and a running game. Penn State, Syracuse and BC: when they've been good, that's their method. Northeast teams are heavy air, bad weather teams. The Northeast is not San Diego or the mile-high air of the Mountain West.

How many QB's have been through Amherst since Andrew Ford graduated? I think the Minutemen WR's and RB's are fine. We just do not have any spark from the QB position. What we need is Ahmad Haston...

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UMass write-up here.  

Owls write-up here.

The Hampshire Gazette reports UMass was blanked by Temple.

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Tulane suffered a close loss to Southern Mississippi.

Toledo had a close loss to San Diego State.

Stony Brook lost to Richmond 51-7.

Eastern Michigan, the week after beating a Power Five team soundly, lost to Buffalo 50-31. 

New Mexico State beat Hawaii handily 45-26. Uh-Oh.

UConn lost to North Carolina State 41-10.

Arkansas State lost to Old Dominion 29-26.

Texas A&M beat #10 Arkansas 23-21.

Army had a bye.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Game Day Temple--2022

 The Owls are a step up from Stony Brook. I'd like to see continued UMass improvement in the application of what Coach Brown preaches. I'm hoping for continued improvement in the passing game. Temple is #18 in the country in total defense and #46 in rushing defense. Run offense is what UMass wants to do. Temple is #114 in passing efficiency defense, so 150 yards passing would be really nice. Maybe give Brady Olsen more than one series.

On defense, the Owls are in our wheelhouse. They are ranked worse than #100 in every offensive category. Temple is starting a true freshman QB. Don Brown's defense should be effective.

As usual, I'll be watching and cheering for the Maroon and White. Go UMass!!

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" asks four questions of Owls Daily.

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College Football News predicts Temple 26 UMass 16. 

CFN also says take the under in the Owls-Minutemen game.

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The Hampshire Gazette reports on Gino Campiotti's long road to being a starting QB. 

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The Action Network thinks Temple will cover the spread.

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A Temple DB leaves the program. 

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Two pending 2022 opponents Buffalo and Eastern Michigan play each other today. 

Statsalt predicts the game. The Game will be on the CBS Sports network at Noon.

College Football New predicts EMU 34 Buffalo 26.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

UMass Football News--September 23rd, 2022


 Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the UMass-Temple game.

Mike also does a Q&A with Owls Daily.

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Two Philadelphia Inquirer writers think the Owls will cover the spread. 

Another Inquirer article says Temple "should cruise to victory".

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Backing the Pack reports UConn is bruised, battered and bad.

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Eastern Michigan plays another 2022 UMass opponent Buffalo on Saturday.  If you want to scout both teams, the game is available on the CBS Sports Network.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

UMass Football News---September 22nd, 2022


 Temple Coach Stan Drayton's UMass presser.

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The Hampshire Gazette says the win over Stony Brook brought a bounce to UMass spirits. 

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Winners  and Whiners predicts Temple will cover the spread. 

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Sports Chat Place also thinks the Owls will cover.

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UConn heads to NC State with a banged-up offense.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

UMass Football News--September 21st, 2022

Hampshire Gazette image

 Jordan Mahoney
is UMass' co-athlete-of-the-week for his seven tackles and 94 yard INT against Stony Brook.

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Auburn opens its 2023 schedule at home against the Minutemen.

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UMass hires Dan Colleran as Associate AD for Communications. 

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Temple showed signs of life against Rutgers. 

D'Wan Mathis, former starting QB for the Owls, is practicing at WR. 

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Eastern Michigan makes a habit of beating Power Five teams. 

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UConn opens as a 40-point underdog against North Carolina State

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

UMass Football News--September 20th, 2022

 UMass prepares for a road trip to Temple (includes game notes).

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Stony Brook game. 

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Beating Stony Brook gets the Minutemen out of College Football News rankings cellar. 

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The New England College Football Journal covers UMass' home win over the Sea Wolves.

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The Temple website has a write-up  on the upcoming UMass game. The story includes a recap of the last UMass-Temple game in 2017. You remember the Owls had nine sacks in that game. In particular, the UMass offensive line made Temple DT Quincy Roche look like an Outland Trophy candidate. 

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Temple coach Stan Drayton recaps the Owls loss to Rutgers and talks about the next game with UMass Minutemen.

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Eastern Michigan's win over Arizona State cost the Sun Devils HC his job.

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After a blow-out loss to Michigan, UConn gets to travel to #12 North Carolina State. 

The Huskies get a rare in-season QB transfer from Arizona.

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