Friday, September 22, 2017

UMass Football News--September 22nd, 2017

A quick look at Tennessee:

The Vols return five starters on offense and six on defense from a team that finished 9-4 (4-4 in the SEC) in 2016. Their season concluded with a win over Nebraska in the Music City Bowl. The only statistical number to jump out is they finished #104 in rushing defense.

Probably the most interesting fact about Tennessee is their mind-boggling recruiting. The Vols 2018 recruiting class is currently ranked 6th nationally and #1 in the SEC. Tennessee's back-up QB Jarrett Guarantano is a four-star recruit from New Jersey. The vols have tons of talent in every position on their roster.

All that talent has caused some unrest in Knoxville because the last time the Vols won the National Championship was 1998, the same year UMass won the FCS Championship. So far this year the Vols edged by Georgia Tech, blew out Indiana State 42-7 and lost a close game to Florida.

RB John Kelly leads the Vols rushing 53-352 6.2 AVE 5 TD's. Quinton Dormady is Tennessee's #! QB. He's gone 54-94 674 5 TD's 4 INT's 126.72 EFF.

UMass has been unable to run the ball against much lesser teams this year. Indiana State did manage 128 yards against the Vols defense. The Minutemen defense has been scrappy the last two games. They need to keep that up. Keep playing and work on improving. The UMass offense will have to pass the ball, since we can't run. I think UMass will score some points. If we turn the ball over, this could be a blowout. The Minutemen are 5-0 ATS against SEC teams over the last five games.


Mark Chiarelli of MassLive reports UMass is prepping for Tennessee.

Matty Vautour has a podcast and a story about UMass' trip to Knoxville.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Minutemen-Volunteers game.

Clarksville Online says Tennessee host UMass Saturday.

The Berkshire Eagle reports UMass is searching for a win.

Tennessee HC Butch Jones says UMass is better than their record.

The Knoxville News reports UMass' passing game is a threat.

The Vols defense has been hit with some significant injuries.


I watched Temple play UMass' once-and-future opponent USF last night. The Owls lost 7-42. Temple managed just 85 yards of offense and totaled -4 yards rushing.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

UMass Football News--September 21st, 2017

Tennessee has their game notes for UMass up.


The UMass Daily Collegian has UMass travels to Tennessee for their first Power Five opponent of 2017.

All For Tennessee has five Minutemen to watch out for.

The Tennessean says the Vols have too many star recruits who are not reaching their potential.

SEC Country has what Tennessee learned about itself in a tough loss to Florida.

Jarrett Guarantano is the Vols backup QB; Tennessee's HC expects him to get some playing time against UMass.


UConn's Randy Edsall preaches patience.


UMass is not the biggest underdog in New England this week. Boston College is a 34.5 point dog to Clemson.

BC, UConn and UMass are a combined 2-7 so far in 2017. That includes UConn's win over FCS Holy Cross.

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.