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Ranking the difficulty of UMass’ 12 games

This is a ranking from toughest to easiest on the UMass’ 2105 football schedule. It’s not necessarily a ranking of who is the most talented teams the Minutemen play, although that’s a huge component, but location and timing factor in as well. Tier 1 — If UMass wins there will be a bronze plaque commemorating the win 1. Notre Dame — The Irish are ranked No. 11 in both polls. They are by far UMass’ toughest opponent. Tier 2 — The Minutemen enter as underdogs, 0

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I

MID-AMERICA — After the success of last year’s MAC Survivor Pool, we’re back again for year two with some new players as we’re adding a some other MAC Media. The rules are similar to NFL survivor pools, just with only MAC teams. Each player picks one team to win each week. Once he’s used a team he can’t use them again. If your team wins you survive. Lose and you drop into the zombie pool, which follows the same picking rules, but keeps track of 0

UMass football to play at South Carolina in 2016

AMHERST — UMass completed its 2016 schedule with the expected Championship Subdivision foe as well as an unexpected Southeastern Conference addition. UMass will play at South Carolina on Oct. 22, 2016. In order to play the game, the Minutemen needed to move their game with Appalachian State from 2016 to 2020. The Gamecocks are paying the Minutemen $1.5 million, according to athletic director Ryan Bamford. The fee is the most UMass has received to play any game. To compensate App State for moving the game, 0

Jackson Porter moves to wide receiver for UMass

AMHERST — After spending the start of camp competing to start at corner, UMass sophomore Jackson Porter is now a wide receiver. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound sophomore had 41 tackles and two interceptions as a redshirt freshman last year. “He’s had a couple real good days (at receiver),” UMass coach Mark Whipple said. “He’s fast, he can run, he can catch the ball. He’s one of our best athletes.” Senior UAB transfer Kelton Brackett will start at cornerback and JUCO transfer Jordin Hamilton and freshmen Brandon 0

AP Prediction: UMass among teams coming off bad season that will go bowling in 2015

Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 FBS teams will not go bowling. Here are six teams that missed out on the postseason last year — and in some cases have gone several seasons without getting into a bowl — that should turn it around in 2015: UMASS — The Minutemen will exit the 0

Logan Laurent ready to assume No. 1 punter role for UMass.

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple said sophomore Logan Laurent, who is slated to be the team’s No. 1 punter, has settled into the role. “He’s been good. We’ve let him focus on punting,” Whipple said. “He’s kicking a little bit. He’s done a good job.” Laurent felt more confident. “I’ve really put a lot of time into it. This spring helped a lot. I got pretty much every rep,” Laurent said. “I took a lot of pride in that and did a lot of 0

UMass walk-on/blogger Mike Wojewodzic says farewell from London

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of Mike Wojewodzic’s blogging from UMass’ Eurotrip. It’s been a fun addition to this blog. I was going to call this entry Wojewerewolf of London, but I think that reference might be dating me too much — Matt Vautour What’s up everyone? It’s a sad day here as we have to leave London after a great seven days spent in Europe. Since the last blog post we have done a lot of really fun things around London. For 0

Daquan Mack headed for a larger role

AMHERST — When he arrived at UMass, Daquan Mack was expected to be a ball carrier, a big (251 pounds) hard-yardage, goal-line-type tailback. Former coach Charley Molnar, who didn’t used a fullback in his spread offense, briefly switched him to defensive end, but he never saw game snaps at either spot, so he took a redshirt and Molnar was fired after the season. Last year under coach Mark Whipple, whose pro-style offense does have a fullback, Mack moved back to offense and played sparingly at 0

An American Walk-On in Paris: Day 3 - Climbing the tower

Dear diary, .... Just kidding, bonjour everyone! Day 3 of Paris was just as great as the others. We started the day off with a continental breakfast at the hotel. We have been flirting with the Eiffel Tower all week, always taking pictures with it in our background and not actually visiting it. Not this time, not today. Today we finally went up the Eiffel Tower and I must say I am proud of some of my teammates but certainly disappointed with some of the 0

An American Walk-On in Paris: Day 2 Seth Berger shouldn’t look up

Bonjour everyone! It’s Mike again, hope you guys haven’t missed us yet, we cannot wait for the season to start! Day 2 in Paris could not have started or ended on a better note. We started off with breakfast at our hotel, Marriott Rive Gauche, and then we went to this beautiful spot where you can take the best pictures with the Eiffel Tower in your background! (Can you tell we love the Eiffel Tower yet?) We then proceeded to go to the Arc de 0