UMass releases 2015 football schedule

Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2015
AMHERST — After a 2014 season that featured games on almost every day of the week, UMass’ final football season in the Mid-American Conference will feature a slate of games almost exclusively on Saturday.

On the schedule that was released Friday afternoon, the Minutemen have just one weekday game, their regular season finale at Buffalo on Friday, Nov. 27. None of the kickoff times or TV carriers have been announced yet.

The Minutemen have their bye week on Sept. 5, the opening week of the season for most teams, and follow that with 12 straight games. UMass will start its season on Sept. 12 at Colorado, with its home opener the following week vs. Temple on Nov. 19 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

UMass’ season-opening bye is why it can’t play in the MAC’s midweek games on ESPN networks. Without an open Saturday to reset the preparation schedule, a team would have to play Saturday and then four days later on a Wednesday or three days later on a Tuesday, which isn’t realistic.

The Minutemen will split their home schedule with three games at Gillette Stadium and three at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst. Four of the games have been set already. Florida International (Oct. 3) and Kent State (Oct. 17) will be played at McGuirk, while Temple and Toledo (Oct. 24) will be at Gillette. One of the following two games will be in Amherst and one will be in Foxborough: Akron (Nov. 7) and Miami-Ohio (Nov. 21).

In addition to Colorado, UMass’ other nonconference road game is at Notre Dame on Sept. 26. The Minutemen open MAC play at Bowling Green on Oct. 10. They’re at Ball State on Halloween and Eastern Michigan on Nov. 14.

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH — UMass is expected to announce shortly that it will play a home-and-home series with Georgia Southern, according to an athletic department source. The years have yet to be announced, but both teams have available dates in 2017 and 2018.

UMass beat the Eagles in the 1998 Division I-AA championship. It to GSU in the second round of the 1999 I-AA Playoffs.

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