UMass: Minutemen looking to continue building on positives despite tough matchup with No. 17 Costal Carolina

September 23, 2021

Let’s get this out of the way upfront, UMass is not going to beat Costal Carolina this weekend. That’s not the point. Well, it is, obviously winning is always the main objective, but where UMass is at right now, I think everyone can agree continued progress and not getting blown out on Saturday is plenty. The Minutemen have shown signs of life on offense the last two weeks against Boston…

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UMass: Mistakes cost Minutemen again in 42-28 loss to Eastern Michigan

September 19, 2021

It’s coming UMass fans. Maybe not this year, but the change you’ve all been waiting for is clearly coming. The Minutemen lost again on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium against a good but not great Eastern Michigan team, 42-28. At first glance, it’s just another loss on a growing list of them. However, if you were in the stands or watching on NESN+ or somewhere nationally, then you know a few…

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UMass preview: Eastern Michigan (1-1) vs. UMass (0-2)

September 18, 2021

If there was ever a time for the Minutemen to continue building on a little momentum, it’s this weekend. After falling to BC last week but showing fans and alumni some glimmers of hope, UMass has a legitimate chance to earn its first win in a long time when Eastern Michigan visits today despite the fact they’re still three-touchdown underdogs. LINE: EMU -22 (O/U 56 Three keys offensively for UMass:…

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UMass: Minutemen hoping effort against BC translates to progress on the field and in the stands

September 14, 2021

The UMass football team lost by 17 to Boston College last weekend and head coach Walt Bell refused to call it a moral victory, but if you were at McGuirk Stadium it’s hard to ignore how important that effort was. For years, UMass fans have been clamoring for a respectable product. Winning will come, but just getting people to come out and watch an entertaining product has been like pulling…

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College: New England College Football Week Two Recap

September 14, 2021

Boston College ran past UMass on Saturday in a competitive game. (Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer.) Week two featured a tighter than expected game between Boston College and UMass and an upset when Merrimack beat Holy Cross. Here are my thoughts in the weekend that was in college football in New England. 1. No one thought UMass would hang with Boston College. While you never got the sense the Minutemen…

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UMass: Olson makes most of his opportunity in first career college start

September 12, 2021

When it was announced on Friday night that Brady Olson would be making his first career start for UMass against a Boston College team with extremely high expectations this year, many thought he was simply being thrown to the wolves. I was one of those many. Instead, Olson put a scare into Boston College fans everywhere with a 214-yard, three touchdown, two interception performance, leading the Minutemen in a serious…

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Commonwealth Clash: Minutemen prove to be no push overs in loss to Boston College

September 12, 2021

Photo by Christopher Tucci/UMass Athletics AMHERST-It was supposed to be a blow Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Memorial Stadium. Boston College was supposed to run through and around the UMass Minutemen. The problem is, no one told the Minutemen that. UMass more than held their own in a 45-28 loss to Eagles. Boston College jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and it seemed like the Romo was…

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Commonwealth Clash: It wasn’t pretty, but Eagles beat UMass 45-28

September 12, 2021

AMHERST – The old saying about baseball games is that anytime you head to the ballpark you might see something you never have before. On Saturday afternoon, it applied to football. Boston College visited UMass for the first time since 1982 as 37 point favorites, but lost their starting quarterback one drive into the game and had to withstand a furious, downright stunning upset bid by the Minutemen before ultimately…

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Commonwealth Clash preview: Boston College (1-0) @ UMass (0-1)

September 11, 2021

Line: BC -37.5 (O/U 57) Three offensive keys for Boston College: 1. The running game – The Eagles had 190 yards on the ground last week, but 61 of them came on Phil Jurkovec scrambles. No one on the team had double-digit carries and fans are still waiting to see someone take over that “lead” back role. It’d be nice to see the 2. Continued dominance from the O-line –…

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Commonwealth Clash: BC, UMass to honor 20th anniversary of 9/11 with jerseys & helmet decals

September 10, 2021

As much as we all joke about how badly BC is probably going to beat UMass on Saturday, the day itself will be about far more than just football. Saturday is of course the 20th anniversary of the tragic terroist attacks on September 11, 2001. I was in eighth grade math class when the history teacher next store stormed in the room and told our teacher and then the class….

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