Want to know why the University of Massachusetts call themselves the Minutemen? Well because they’re no longer competitive in a football game after the first minute.
Ok, so that’s not the true story behind their name, at all, but UMass is bad – really bad. The Minutemen joined the FBS, and the Mid-American Conference in 2012. The cool thing about UMass is that they play their games at Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots), the bad thing is they won zero games there in 2012. In fact, upon their FBS arrival they were welcomed as the doormat of the conference and the subdivision, with a 1-11 record.
Luckily for them the season would have been a wash regardless, because they were not eligible for a bowl until this season. However, coach Charley Molnar will have to pull a revolutionary war-like upset or 6, if they plan on reaching a bowl game in their first year of post-season eligibility.
The Minutemen are only returning 9 players total from last year’s squad. On the offensive side it can’t get much worse than 2012, as they only managed 12.7 points per game – the worst in the MAC. Other offensive lowlights include: 3339 yards of total offense and 278.3 yards a game – both ranked at the bottom of the FBS. When it came to rushing the ball they ranked 118th with 1099 yards total and 105th in passing with 2240 yards for the year.
They are returning key players from the defensive perspective, but still the Minutemen had the 4th lowest total in FBS with 12 sacks. UMass also gave up 38.6 points per game last season, including 3 games in which they gave up over 50 points (Michigan, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois).
2012′s Worst Loss:
Nothern Illinois had a field day with the Minutemen in DeKalb, Ill, UMass lost: 63-0.
2012′s Best Win:
UMass’ (only) best win came against the lowly Akron Zips, 22-14.
UMass’ 2013 Recruits:
The Minutemen bring in 4 three-star recruits for 2013. Most notable of the 23 UMass commits are: Lorenzo Woodley (RB) and D.J. Woods (WR).
2013 Schedule & Projection:
Aug. 31 – at Wisconsin
Sep. 7 – Maine
Sep. 14 – at Kansas State
Sep. 21 – Vanderbilt
Sep. 28 – Bye Week
Oct. 5 – at Bowling Green
Oct. 12 – Miami
Oct. 19 – at Buffalo
Oct. 26 – Western Michigan
Nov. 2 – Northern Illinois
Nov. 9 – Bye Week
Nov. 16 – Akron
Nov. 23 – at Central Michigan
Nov. 29 (Fri.) – at Ohio
UMass’ non-conference schedule is brutal, with the only winnable game being Maine. Once they head into MAC play they may benefit from playing WMU and Akron. At the most, high emphasis on most, the Minutemen will win 3 games in 2013. However, it would not be surprising if this team managed to win zero games in 2013. They’re bad, and will be for a while. But on the bright side, the Patriots play on Sundays!