Friday, July 28, 2017

UMass Football News--July 28th, 2017


UMass releases the times for the Home games.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the times.

FB Schedules.com also has a story.

A Statesboro TV station has a post from the Georgia Southern side.

Reading the Tea leaves on the start times:

The UMass Fall calendar shows the first day of classes is 09/05/17 and the first day for freshmen move-in for 09/01. Returning students don't come in until 09/03/17.

So the 6:00 pm start for the Hawaii game is not impacted by student attendance. The 6:00 pm would be a good time for alumni and walk-ins. While having the first game of the 2017 season would have been cool, it was not that cool. A decent attendance would be better than a mostly empty stadium.

The 3:30 games are certainly TV games. The athletic Dept is still working on TV coverage for the home games. I would guess A.D. Bamford is trying for maximum exposure rather than financial income. Any money paid for the games is likely to be minimal anyway. See Conference USA's woes.

Perhaps NESN or one of it's offshoots will televise most of the games. NESN does have a national network.

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Speaking of the Hawaii game, UMass opened as a three-point underdog. That's now moved to one point.

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SEC Country ranks SEC home schedules including UMass opponents Mississippi State and Tennessee.

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How the evolution of TE's has changed college football.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Meaningless question: Is the UMass/Hawaii series the greatest distance traveled by any two schools in FBS or FCS scheduling? I'm guessing it may well be.

UMass74 said...

Stanford plays Rice in Sidney Australia