Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday before Tulane--September 28th, 2016


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UMass hoops will hold a fan event before Saturday's Homecoming football game. This looks like it'll be fun!

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Matty Vautour reports Andrew Ford is comfortable running the UMass offense. I would infer that Ford will be at QB again against Tulane.

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Tulane HC Willie Fritz names Glen Cuiellette as the Green Wave's starting QB against the Minutemen.

Coach Fritz warns the Green Wave not to get complacent after an emotional win over Louisiana Lafayette.

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Adam Aucoin of the UMass Daily Collegian reports Andy Isabella has found his niche in the UMass offense.

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The Bangor Daily News reports UCF and UMass will be Maine's next FBS opponent.

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The Sports Chat place looks at UMass-Tulane and has the Green Wave by 2 points.

Jeff Sagarin has Tulane 2 rating points ahead of UMass, but if you add three points for UMass being the home team (as per the heading), it's UMass by one.

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Victor Cruz is going to try to keep Odell Beckham cool.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday before Tulane--September 27th, 2016

UMass has it's game notes for Tulane up.

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Tulane kicker Andrew DiRocco earned three weekly awards for his four field goal-three extra point performance against Louisiana Lafayette.

Green Wave LB Nico Marley earned a Louisiana weekly sportswriter award for his 11 TT 5 UT 1.0 SACK, 3.0 TFL 1 FF effort against Louisiana Lafayette.

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Tulane opens as a 4 point favorite over the Minutemen. Currently 2.5

Keepers College Football ratings has Tulane over the Minutemen by 12+ (.pdf download).

He has the Green Wave ranked at #87, Minutemen #118 (another .pdf download).

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Former Green Wave football player Devon Walker looks to complete his education after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury in 2012.

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AT & T boosts mobile internet coverage at Tulane's stadium.

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Fox Sports has five candidates to replace Ron Turner at FIU.

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ESPN has the latest developments in the Big 12 expansion.

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Tajae Sharpe had only three receptions for 48 yards against the Raiders.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday before Tulane--September 26th, 2016

Tulane's HC is Willie Fritz. He spent his last two years at Georgia Southern and went 9-3 in 2015 with the Eagles. Fritz brings the famous Georgia Southern spread offense to Tulane. At Georgia Southern in 2015, Fritz ran 1,370 times and passed 292 (82.4% rushing --per Phil Steele).

This year the Green Wave has rushed the ball 139-953 4.8 AVE 63 LONG 9 TD's 238 yards/game.

Passing 30-67-348 44.8% AVE 4 TD's 2 INT 102 yards/game.

Whipple went 1-1 against the Georgia Southern in FCS. The Minutemen rushing defense has been stout this year, but the spread offense will control the time of possession and will be tough to shut down. The UMass offense needs to score some points like we did with Mississippi State. Tulane's defense has been only giving up 21 points a game and held Wake Forest to 7 points. We need to score to win.

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Florida International fired HC Ron Turner Sunday.

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Andrew Cyr of the UMass Daily Collegian reports despite improvement, UMass has yet to capture a marquee Win.

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A Louisiana Lafayette (which lost to Tulane Satruday) newspaper discusses the problems Tulane's spread option offense gives opposing teams.

Green Wave QB Glen Cuiellette threw three TD's in Tulane's win over Louisiana Lafayette.

The Tulane win over Louisiana Lafayette was a four-overtime thriller.

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Newsday features current Jets RB coach Marcel Shipp. His Jets bio.

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Tulane is #119 and UMass is #125 in total offense.

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OT, but I've been watching a lot of football and football commercials. Anyone besides me think the Burger King plastic faced avatar is kinda creepy? It has a Clockwork Orange vibe.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday after Mississippi State--September 25th, 2016

Hey that was a good game. We were trading punches with an SEC team. They were better, but not by much. It was fun to watch and featured a couple of ESPN highlight reel catches by our receivers. The offense broke out with 411 total yards.

WE made some mistakes and Mississippi State made some good ones. I still feel this team is light years ahead of the past in athletic  ability and grit. Be sure to check out the post game quotes where Whipple said he enjoys coaching this team and he enjoyed coaching this game.

We were right there with 'em all game. I truly believe the future is bright.

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UMass' writeup. Post game quotes.

Mississippi State writeup.

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Mike Traini of Fight Massachusetts recaps the game.

Dan Malone says the UMass comeback attempt came up short.

Video of Coach Whipple's post game interview.

Matty Vautour says UMass was unable to hold the lead.

Matty says Andrew Ford played well enough to continue to start.

The Jackson Clarion Ledger says Mississippi State avoided the upset.

Maroon & White nation has five Bulldog players who played well against UMass.

SB Nation highlights Jalen Williams outrageous catch.

For Whom the Cowbell Tolls has five quick thoughts about the game.

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Florida lost by 10 at Tennessee.

Boston College beat Wagner 42-10.

UCF crushed FIU 53-14.

Tulane beat Louisiana Lafayette in 4 overtimes.

Old Dominion beat UTSA 33-19.

Louisiana Tech lost to Middle Tennesse State 38-34.

South Carolina lost to Kentucky in a defensive struggle.

Troy blew out New Mexico State.

BYU lost to West Virginia.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Game Day Mississippi State--September 24th, 2016

Another Saturday, another SEC team. Another real challenge to a still building UMass squad. Unlike Michigan or Wisconsin in our first couple of years, I think the Minutemen will be competitive again today. It'll be a good day to work on our run game and get Ford more reps.

I was really impressed with the UMass defensive secondary last week with their nine pass BkUp's. The Bulldog's offense has not been very productive so far this year. Mississippi State is #109 in total offense. If the UMass defense can keep the game reasonable into the fourth quarter. We could have a chance. Or we could get run over by a big, physical SEC team. After today, six of the eight remaining games are against Group-of-five opponents.

In addition, the 2016 Minutemen recruiting class continues to shine. In the weekly Gridiron Club e-mail Coach Whipple said:" What is really exciting is that we had 13 freshmen play a combined 330 plays which is really promising for the direction of our program. "

That does not include JUCO's Andrew Ford, Ali Ali-Musa, Tedrick Lowery, Colbert Calhoun and more.

I'll be at Gillette. Hope to see everyone there. Go UMass!!!

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Matty Vautour says UMass seeks a Power Five victory.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews today's game.

NESN says UMass-Mississippi State highlights their Saturday schedule. BTW, here in Southern NH, the game will be on Dish Network's channel 440 ALT.



Team Speed Kills predicts Bulldogs 34 Minutemen 13.


Maroon & White Nation says the keys to victory for the the Bulldogs is to manhandle UMass.




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Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday before Mississippi State--September 23rd, 2016

Matty Vautour has a post on college football and says North Dakota State is an FCS team to be avoided.

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Nick Traini has a list of recruits that attended the UMass-FIU game.

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Gobbler Country says take UMass and the points.

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The American Sports Network has a post on the Andrew Ford to Adam Breneman connection.

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Bulldogs 247 says Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald looks to bounce back against UMass.

SEC Country reports Fitzgerald looks to have a big day against the Minutemen.

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A Clarion Register writer picks Mississippi State 35-UMass 14.

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Vanderbilt Hustler says the Bulldogs have five winnable games coming up starting with UMass this Saturday.

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Maroon & White nation reports on the Bulldogs fall-off in rushing production over the last two years.

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In 2016 opponent news:

#19 Florida meets Tennessee. Gator QB Luke Del Rio is out with an injury.

BC meets "lowly"  Wagner.

FIU meets UCF.

Tulane plays at home vs Louisiana Lafayette.

Old Dominion plays 1-2 UTSA.

Louisiana Tech meets Middle Tennessee State.

South Carolina meets Kentucky.

Troy faces New Mexico.

BYU flies East to meet West Virginia.

Hawaii has a bye.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday before Mississippi State--September 22, 2016

Today's the autumn equinox at 14.21 UT. It's autumn in New England. My favorite time of year.

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Mississippi State features a power running attack. In three games the Bulldogs have nearly doubled opponents rushing yards 585 to 305. Mississippi State has averaged 5.3 yards a carry. That's against two SEC opponents (LSU and South Carolina).

Their leading gainer is huge QB Nick Fitzgerald (6-5 230) He totaled 32-240 6.8 AVE 74 LONG 73.0 yards/game.

Next is RB Brandon Halloway (5-8 165) 31-111 3.6 AVE 1 TD 22 LONG 37.0 yards/game

The third leading rusher is QB Damian Williams (6-1 229) 15-88 5.9 AVE 1 TD 23 LONG 44.0 yards/game

RB Ashton Shumpet (6-2 218) is fourth with 14-76 5.9 AVE 11 LONG 25.3 yards/game.

Saturday should be a busy day for the Minutemen linebackers. They'll have to contend with the Bulldog running backs and keep contain on Fitzgerald who should be a load to tackle since he's bigger than any of the UMass LB's.

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Matty Vautour has a podcast about the win over FIU and speaks with a Tennessee Titans writer about Tajae Sharpe's success in the NFL.

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Adam Aucoin of the UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass is looking for an upset against Mississippi State.

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Mike Train of "Fight Massachusetts" has five questions for Paul Jones of Bulldogs 247.

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FIU coach knows "FIU should have beaten UMass".

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Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is pleased with the way the UMass schedule turned out.

The Bulldogs defense is using different personnel to improve their third down performance.

Maroon & White nation power ranks the SEC going into Week #4.

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BC coach Steve Addazio says UMass was "pretty athletic".

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