Saturday, October 21, 2017

Game Day --Georgia Southern

Well, today is the "Battle for the Bottom". The Minutemen have already lost to one dreadful team--Coastal Carolina. Losing to Georgia Southern would certainly cement our status as #130 on FBS.

UMass can win this game. We need to score points and not miss scoring opportunities. With Georgia Southern's clock control offense, the Minutemen won't get a lot of chances. The defense needs to stop big plays. No blown assignments. No wide receivers open by 20 yards.

If we win, UMass can get some momentum for the second half of the season. It's going to be a beautiful day weather-wise. I'll be there cheering for our side. Hope you will be too.

Go UMass!

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The game will be available on NESN.

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Matty Vautour reports UMass will try to deal with GSU's option attack in a battle of winless teams.

Savannah Now says winless UMass and Georgia Southern try to turn the corner.

Joel Thompson of exTREMEal has live stream information on the Eagles-Minutemen game.

SB Nation looks for UMass to cover the spread.

Athlon Sports predicts UMass 27-Georgia State 20.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

UMass Football News--October 20th, 2017

A quick look at Georgia Southern:

The Eagles return three starters on offense and four on defense from last year's 5-7 team. The Eagles have been having a terrible year. They run the triple option and have only been averaging 3.9 yards/carry. GSU has been averaging 17.60 points/game and giving up 38.60.

One thing the Eagles do well is control the clock. They average about eight minutes more possession time than their opponents. UMass cannot have many three-and-outs as we won't get the ball back.

On September 9th, New Hampshire beat GSU 22-12. UNH scored 15 points in the first quarter and led the entire way. GSU did hold UNH scoreless in the second half.

I would feel better about this matchup if we had not played so poorly against Coastal Carolina. UMass gave up 6.8 yards/carry against a very weak option team. We can't do that against Georgia Southern. The Eagles are built to control the clock. They are not built to come back when behind. The UMass offense needs to score early and often. With GSU's starting QB Shai Werts questionable for the game, the Eagles may show some new looks.

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UMass has a full schedule of events for Homecoming weekend.

I don't think I've linked to the Minutemen's game notes for GSU. They're here.

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Mark Chiarelli of MassLive wonders if the extra time off will help the Minutemen during the second half of the season.

Matty Vautour says Georgia Southern brings memories, but no 2017 wins to McGuirk this Saturday.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts' previews Saturday's game and predicts a Minutemen victory.

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The GSU site "Eagle Sports Insider" interviews Mike Traini about the UMass-GSU game.

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The George-Anne says it'll be "the war of the winless".

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MassLive reports Amherst will be busy this weekend with both UMass and Amherst College celebrating Homecoming. The former Lord Jeff's will unveil a new mascot.

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The Deseret News breaks down BYU final six opponents including UMass.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Brandon Perry

Perry #21/ Keith Warner image
Brandon Perry, a 5-9 155 pound CB from Houston, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

UMass is the first offer for Perry.

UMass Football News--October 19th, 2017


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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" chats with Eagle Sports Insider writer Justin Judy about Saturday's game between the Minutemen and GSU.

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Sports On Earth ranks all 130 teams at mid-season. UMass is #127.

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HCP Press.com previews Saturday's game between Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina and predicts App State 47-Coastal Carolina 7.

Myrtle Beach.com report Appalachian State created the FBS model Coastal Carolina wants to follow.

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Fearless kick returners play key roles for the Maine Black bears.

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Meanwhile, FIU is tied for the best 6-game start in school history.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Henry Pearson

The Record image
Henery Pearson, 6-3 235 pound TE from Paramus Catholic in NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Rivals two-star recruit.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from August 2017 features Pearson.

Besides UMass, Pearson has FBS offers from Army, Rutgers, Appalachian State and Marshall.

UMass Football News--October 18th, 2017


Tyris Lebeau has gone 5-0 GP-GS 3 UT 5 AT 8TT on special teams.

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Georgia Southern has their game notes for UMass up.

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Savannah Now reports Georgia Southern QB Shai Werts is questionable for the game at UMass. If he is unable to go, then the Minutemen may be facing Labaron Anthony or JUCO transfer Kado Brown.

I dunno if this is good news for UMass or not. The Eagles offense has been terrible with Werts. Their passing game is heaving the ball down the field and hoping the defense will be caught cheating up to stop the option or a pass interference call.

With our luck, they'll start a backup and he'll come out on fire...

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The Huffington Post has a story on college football at Fenway Park.

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The Salt Lake Tribune says BYU looks for life anywhere it can find it.

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Alabama is a 34 point favorite over Tennessee and SEC wonders just how bad it's going to be.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Joshua Bowers

Big County Preps image
Joshua Bowers, a 5-9 166 pound CB from Tarpon Springs, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from Prep Scouting Report features Bower.

Also runs Track & Field.

Quote from the above article:

"At last week's Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet, Bowers ran an 11.03 in the 100 and a 22.27 in the 200, winning both."

UMass is the first FBS offer for Bowers.

UMass Football News--October 17th, 2017

Sports Chat Place previews the UMass-Georgia Southern game and picks the Eagles over the Minutemen.

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The Berkshire Eagle says Williams college made a turn around in football and so can UMass.

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Georgia Southern HC Tyson Summers says he's done too much micromanagement.

GSU students hold a "Fire Summers" rally.

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SB Nation reports BYU has been college football's most disappointing team in 2017.

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Red & Black ranks the SEC including the two UMass foes Tennessee and Mississippi State.

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Temple aims to win six or more games.

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Holy Cross fires HC Tom Gilmore after the Crusaders dropped four straight to fall to 2-5.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Dacoda Weaver

Hudl.com image
Dacoda Weaver, a 6-5 325 pound OT from Lakeland, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

UMass is the first FBS offer for Weaver.

UMass Football News--October 16th, 2017

UMass opens as a seven point favorite over GSU.

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Savannah Now reports Georgia Southern was down by one point in the fourth quarter and had the ball and a chance to win the game---and the stands were eerily quiet.

The bottom four teams in passing yards per game are all option clubs. The Eagles are the best of the lot with 93.4 yards/game.

Conversely, Navy, Army and Georgia Tech are 1,2 and 3 in rushing yards per game. Georgia Southern is #27 with 212.3 yards/game.

The George-Anne says frustration is growing as the Eagles fall to 0-5.

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I watched the Mississippi State-BYU game on the SEC network yesterday. The Bulldogs looked like the real deal as they manhandled BYU. Mississippi State had a power running game (306 yards rushing) and added 240 more in passing. The Bulldog defense held BYU to eight first downs and 176 total yards. UMass is going to have their hands full in Starksville.

At BYU, the Cougars are dealing with rock bottom.

BYU feels "their backs are against the wall".

BYU did bring off a social media sensation as the Cougar mascot "Cosmo" joined the Cougarettes dance team for a great routine.


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

UMass Football News--October 15th, 2017

Well, Georgia Southern fell to New Mexico State 27-35 at home. That sets up the Bottom Bowl against UMass next week.

I watched about half the game on ESPN3. The Eagles looked neither fast nor talented. In addition GSU had two of their defensive players ejected for targeting, including their leading tackler. I believe that means they will not be available for the first half against UMass.

Safety RJ Murray and LB Tomarico Reese were the defensive players ejected.

In addition, the Eagles QB Shai Werts was injured on the last play of the game.

If we lose to the Eagles, we will be, officially, the worst team in football.

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Hawaii beat San Jose State to stop a four-game losing streak.

Coastal Carolina was demolished by Arkansas State 51-17. I still can't believe we lost to a team that would have finished 2-6 in the CAA.

Old Dominion was routed by Marshal 35-3.

Temple was upset by formerly punchless UConn 28-24.

Tennessee dropped a defensive battle to South Carolina 15-9.

Ohio pulled away late to defeat Bowling Green 48-30.

Appalachian State had a 20-point comeback to defeat Idaho 23-20.

Mississippi State ran over BYU 35-10.

Maine crushed hapless Rhode Island 51-27.

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