UMass Preview: BYU Cougars (6-4) at UMass Minutemen (1-10)

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November 23, 2019

UMass will wrap up the 2019 season today when they take on the BYU Cougars at McGuirk Stadium. It has been a long first season for head coach Walt Bell and the Minutemen program. Nothing has gone right in a season marred by losses, injuries and player defections. A win today would be a major step forward for the Minutemen but it is an unrealistic expectation given how bad the…

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UMass: UMass Minutemen (1-9) at Northwestern Wildcats (1-8)

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November 16, 2019

UMass travels to Evanston, Illinois to battle Northwestern. Both programs have struggled mightily this season. UMass’ defense has been historically bad. Northwestern’s offense has been one of the worst in program history. Something has to give right? Here are three keys to the game for the Minutemen. 1. Defense needs to get a three and out to start: If the Minutemen can get an early three and out, that would…

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College: Ten Thoughts on the week that was in D1 football in New England

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November 14, 2019

Dartmouth’s upset win over Princeton all but locked up the Ivy League title for the Big Green. 1. While Steve Addazio‘s seat is getting warmer at the Heights after Saturday’s loss to Florida State, the Eagles still have a shot at going 6-6 or 7-5 (long shot) and gaining a bowl bid. It will be a fascinating three weeks in Chestnut Hill. 2. Harvard suffered a terrible 17-10 loss in…

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UMass: UMass Minutemen (1-8) at Army Black Knights (3-6)

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November 9, 2019

UMass travels to Miche Stadium in upstate New York to battle Army. The Minutemen continue to struggle in all three phases of the game, particularly on defense. Army will present a new set of challenges today with their flexbone triple option offense. UMass has to stop the run first and foremost but they also have to find a way to not give up big plays. Here are three keys to…

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UMass: UConn Huskies (2-6) at UMass Minutemen (1-7)

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October 26, 2019

The Minutemen had a bye last week so they have had two weeks to prepare for the Huskies. UMass beat UConn last season. It was a huge program win especially when you consider both programs recruit the same players in New England. Here are three keys to the game. 1. Defense must give UMass a chance: It is well documented that the Minutemen defense is among the worst in the…

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UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (1-5) at La. Tech Bulldogs (4-1)

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October 12, 2019

The Minutemen face an uphill battle tonight when they travel to Ruston, Louisiana to take a good Louisiana Tech team. The Bulldogs are 4-1 but their wins have come against Grambling, Bowling Green, FIU and Rice. All four of those teams however are better than UMass right now so this will be another challenging week for the boys in maroon and white. Here are three keys to the game. 1….

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College: Thoughts on Week 6 in New England College Football

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October 10, 2019

Here are some thoughts on week six of the division one college football season in New England. There were some great interesting results, most notably UNH winning their third straight home game. 1. Boston College lost a 41-39 heartbreaker to Louisville. The defense once again struggled giving up 41 points and over six hundred yards of offense. On the bright side, the offense continued to produce despite quarterback Anthony Brown…

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UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (1-4) at Florida International (1-3)

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October 5, 2019

After finally getting a win last week over Akron, the Minutemen will look to build on that performance when they hit the Sunshine State to battle FIU today. The two schools have put together a nice little rivalry in recent years that has featured some close games. This is the fifth meeting between the two schools. Here are three keys for the Minutemen in this game. 1. Defense must continue…

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College: Thoughts on week 5 in New England college football

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October 2, 2019

Walt Bell’s emphasis on culture finally paid off this week in a win over Akron. UMass stole the headlines last week after securing their first win of the season over Akron. It has been a lost season thus far for first year coach Walt Bell and the Minutemen so it was nice to see the players and coaches celebrate after the win. Here are some thoughts on the week that…

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UMass: Who ever though a win over Akron would be so important to a program

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September 30, 2019

I must admit that I was one of those people who didn’t think UMass would win a game this season. Why would anyone think otherwise? Aside from a fast starting first quarter against Rutgers in the season opener, the Minutemen have been awful. Defensively, they were on pace to shatter school and national records for ineptitude. Then Akron visited McGuirk Stadium on Saturday and we were reminded that the Minutemen…

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