Wednesday, September 20, 2017

UMass Football News--September 20th, 2017

UMass has their game notes for Tennessee up.


Matty Vautour says UMass QB Andrew Ford keeps getting up.

I wonder what Ford could do if:

  1. He had a running game
  2. No drops (he would have had about 425 yards and 4 TD's against Temple with a couple of more catches)
  3. An offensive line with a couple of All-Independent players.
Side note. Another UMass fan and I were talking before the Old Dominion game about the offensive line. We were in the MAC for four years. Anyone remember if we ever had a first or second team All-MAC offensive lineman?


Speaking of kicking, the National Junior College Athletic Association has a list of the top JUCO kickers

There's also a lot of kicking talent in the California Community College leagues.


Ryan Ames of the UMass Daily Collegian reports Sadiq Palmer and Jesse Britt are starting to emerge as playmakers for the Minutemen.


All for Tennesse has five Vols to watch vs UMass.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel says Tennessee has resolve and resilience. 


WSB-TV looks at Georgia's 2018 schedule which includes UMass.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UMass Football News--September 19th, 2017

Matty Vautour reports college football at Fenway Park could become a regular thing.


Keepers College Football ratings has Tennessee by 24.78 over UMass. Keep in mind the Minutemen have gone 5-0 ATS for SEC teams.


Chowder and Champions thinks UMass won't win a game this season.

I don't know about that, but it looks like we could go without a field goal this season. BTW, Massachusetts has a nationally ranked kicker playing at Groton High.


The Columbus Daily Herald says the Vols seek to keep their heads up after a close loss to Florida.

The Chattanogata Free Press reports Tennessee HC Butch Jones needs a big win in a hurry.

The Vols are trying to move past the Florida defeat.

Tennessee lost their 2016 leading tackler in the Florida game for the rest of the season.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has video and audio options for the Vols-Minutemen game.


Monday, September 18, 2017

UMass Football News--September 18th, 2017

UMass opens as a 26.5 underdog to the Volunteers.


Temple News has more on Owls DT Quincy Roche's huge day against the Minutemen.


Go Vols notes Tennessee opens as a nearly four-touchdown favorite over UMass.

Sports Chat Place previews the Minutemen-Volunteers game.

The Knoxville News says Tennessee has plenty to correct after the loss to Florida.

Tennessee dropped out of both the Coaches and AP Top-25 poll after their loss to the Gators.


If you missed it Notre Dame rushed for 515 yards against Boston College Saturday. Irish QB Brandon Wimbush's 10.1 yards/carry broke a Notre Dame record that had stood since 1942.

Virginia QB Kurt Benkert threw for a record 455 yards in dismantling UConn.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Billy Ferrell

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Billy Ferrell, a 6-3 330 pound DT from Fordyce, AK has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Rivals three-star player. has video.

Besides UMass, Ferrell has FBS offers from Memphis, Arkansas State and Colorado state.

UMass Football News--September 17th, 2017

I don't know if you caught A.D. Ryan Bamford's interview at halftime of the Temple game or not. He had a couple of interesting statements.

  • Bamford said UMass was working on a indoor practice facility. He said the time frame was "a couple of years".
  • Bamford stated that UMass was solvent as an Independent and scheduling was was complete for 2018 and almost complete for 2019. The Minutemen have games set as far out as 2023.
  • The interview was conducted just after we had given up 14 points in about two and a half minutes at the end of the first half. Referring to success and possible conference affiliation he said UMass needed to win games and "we haven't learned how to do that yet".

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Minutemen's loss to Temple. He also attempts to figure out how many points UMass has lost because of the kicking game over the last four years.


In yesterday's action:

Hawaii had a bye.

Coastal Carolina lost to UAB. Most football preview magazines had startup UAB last in Conference USA.

Georgia Southern had a bye.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

UMass Football News--September 16th, 2017

Well mistakes and abysmal kicking doomed a tenacious UMass effort at Temple. The Minutemen missed three field goals at the Owls 22, 6 and 14 yard lines. We left 9 points on field in an 8 point loss. Ford fumbled deep in UMass territory to give Temple a short field at the end of the first half. We also dropped two possible TD passes (Isabella and Herring).

On the positive side, the Minutemen defense continued their upward momentum. The UMass defense repeatedly stuffed the Temple offense. The Minutemen defenders had 11 TFL (!) and two sacks. Temple RB Ryquell Armstead had a 56 yard run on the third play of the game. The other 33 Temple rushes gained 63 yards (1.9 yards/carry). For the second consecutive game the UMass defense played well enough to win.

The UMass offense gained 458 yards and Ford managed to spread the UMass receiving around. Sadiq Palmer (7-117 and Jesse Britt (3-57) gave the Minutemen other options than just Breneman and Isabella. Even the UMass offensive line started playing better in the second half using a moving pocket.
As far as the kicking goes---someday my head is going to explode.


UMass write-up here.

Owls write-up here.

MassLive says Ford's impressive effort went for naught.

Matty Vautour reports the Minutemen fell short.

Matty also says UMass continues to struggle with field goals. says Temple WB Logan Marchi was efficient.

Owls DE Quincy Roche had a big game.

The Boston Herald says mistake-prone UMass fell to Temple.

Comcast Sports Philadelphia reports Temple sneaks past UMass on Quincy Roche's monster game.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Game Day ---Temple

A quick look at the Owls:

Temple is coming off two seasons that included a record of 20-8, the best in Owl history. Temple lost the last game of the 2016 season, a 26-34 loss to Wake Forest in the Military Bowl. They also lost their HC Matt Rhule.

The Owls return four starters on offense and four on defense. Temple was great on defense in 2016 finishing 3rd in total defense in the nation. They were 11th nationally in scoring defense and were 1st or 2nd in the AAC in all defensive categories. The offense was more average. They were 66th in total offense.

The Owls have a new QB in Logan Marchi (39-69-519 2 TD's 129.7 EFF). Their best offensive threat is WR Ventral Bryant. Temple gave up 606 yards of offense against Notre Dame and lost 16-49. The Owls struggled against Villanova, which may have FCS' best defense. It took a FG with a minute left to break a tie against the Wildcats. Bryant had seven catches for 79 yards against Villanova. Temple is 4-1 all time in Friday night games.

So far, the UMass defense has played one-and-a-half good games. The Minutemen defense looked good against Old Dominion and they played the run well against Hawaii. Temple does not seem to be an offensive powerhouse. The UMass defense needs to not allow those broken coverages that doomed them against Hawaii.

The UMass offense will need to generate some points against what will probably be a stout Temple defense. So far, Ross Comis has not added any offensive capability to the 2017 season. Perhaps because of limited opportunity or just rust from his off season. The Minutemen could really use another weapon other than Andy Isabella and Adam Breneman.

An upset would go a long way to removing the sour taste generated so far in the Minutemen's 2017 season.

I'll be watching. Go UMass!


The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

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

Kevin Dillon of MassLive reports the Minutemen are seeking their first win of the season.

Matty Vautour says UMass is treating the Temple game as an opportunity. remembers Temple's wild last win over UMass.

Geoff Collins faced the UMass offense as Florida's defensive coordinator in 2016 and calls the Minutemen offense an "absolute pain".

The Boston Herald says UMass QB Andrew Ford returns home in a search for win.


The Hartford Courant has a post on the scheduling changes and UMass AD Ryan Bamford gets a lot of coverage. Can you imagine any previous UMass AD being that fast on his feet? I can't.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

UMass Football News--September 14th, 2017

MAJOR UPDATE: UMass has announced a major change to the 2017 schedule because of Hurricane Irma. The UMass at USF game previously scheduled for October 14th, 2017 has been postponed until 2022 or 2023.

The Minutemen will play at FIU on Saturday, Dec 2nd, 2017. That will be the 12th game for both teams.

This will create two addition bye weeks for the Minutemen. UMass will have two weeks to prepare for Georgia Southern's triple-option offense and the Minutemen will also get a bye week before BYU.

This seems to be a good deal for the Minutemen. USF could be the top Group-of-Five team in the nation. It was almost certain to be an ugly loss. FIU will be highly motivated after two losses in a row to UMass, but we should be competitive.

Mike Traini has a post on on the changes and notes the UMass brass went out of their way to accommodate the AAC. That might leave some coin in our bank if there should be some conference re-alignment someday,

BTW, the FIU football team is still stuck in Birmingham, AL

The AAC reworks its schedule in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

NBC Sports has a post on the AAC changes and mentions UMass.


Matty Vautour has the inspiring story of UMass offensive lineman Ray Thomas-Ishman.  It's a real credit to Ray, after all he's been through, to be interested in academics and have his head on straight.

"Success comes to the lowly and to the poorly talented, but the special characteristic of a great person is to triumph over the disasters and panics of life"
                                                                     -Seneca, On Providence

Matty also has some out-takes from his story on Thomas-Ishman.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ has three things to watch for in Friday's UMass-Temple game.

Athlon Sports has an Owls-Minutemen preview and prediction.

UnderDog Dynasty also has a UMass-Temple preview and prediction.

Temple remains 8th in the AAC conference's power rankings.

The says take the under in the UMass-Temple game.


HERO Sports picks Coastal Carolina to go 2-0 against UAB.


Georgia closes the 2018 season with three straight home games: Auburn, UMass and Georgia Tech.