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

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October 30, 2019

1. Boston College looked like an FCS team Saturday night against Clemson. I want to believe that the 59-7 score was not indicative of the talent difference between these two programs right now but I am afraid it is. B.C doesn’t have the athletes to match up with Clemson. 2. The Globe’s Julian Benbow wrote a story on Sunday that Rutgers might be interested in hiring Eagles coach Steve Addazio….

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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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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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UMass Preview: Akron Zips (0-4) at UMass Minutemen (0-4)

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September 28, 2019

The Minutemen will once again look to get in the win column for the first time this season when they host the Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference at McGuirk Stadium. UMass played tough in the first half last week at home against Coastal Carolina but the defense fell apart in the second half as the Chanticleers rolled 62-28. The Minutemen will hope for a better performance today from their…

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UMass: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-1) at UMass Minutemen (0-3)

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September 21, 2019

The Minutemen return home to host Coastal Carolina. It was ugly last week for UMass in a 52-17 loss to Charlotte. Defense continues to be an issue as the Minutemen try to find the right pieces to put on the field. It is not easy. The roster is limited from a talent standpoint, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Minutemen need to find a way to…

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UMass: Southern Illinois Salukis (0-1) at UMass Minutemen (0-1)

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September 7, 2019

The Minutemen return home for the first game of the season at McGuirk Stadium against the Southern Illinois Salukis. After taking a 21-7 lead at Rutgers last week, UMass’ defense collapsed and the Minutemen ended up losing 48-21. The Minutemen should bounce back this week however. Here are three keys to today’s game. 1. Improvement on defense: The Minutemen are young on defense so games like this are a good…

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UMass: UMass Minutemen (0-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-0)

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August 30, 2019

Randall West gets the first crack to lead the UMass offense. Kick-off: The Walt Bell era kicks off in Piscataway, New Jersey tonight when the Minutemen face off against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. It will be our first look at many of the new faces starting for the Minutemen. Here are three keys to tonight’s game. 1. Stop the Run: The Minutemen were awful against the run last season. Rutgers…

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UMass: 2019 Season Preview

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August 30, 2019

Kick-off: UMass hired 35 year old Walt Bell to reinvigorate a program that was struggling. Bell hired a young, motivated staff that can teach his philosophy but also relate to the players. Bell and his staff have a lot of work to do. The Minutemen are young. It will be a challenge but Bell and his staff will try to lay the foundation for future success this season. Offense: Bell…

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