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UMass diving headfirst into big boy football, schedule-wise

Charley Molnar AP

This upcoming season will mark the first for UMass as a Div. 1-A (FBS) football program.  Its 2012 schedule, in addition to MAC games, will include contests versus three of the Big Six conferences.

As it turns out, there won’t be many if any nonconference pastries on its future schedules, either.

In a release, UMass announced that it has scheduled future nonconference games against the likes of against Notre Dame, Penn State, Wisconsin, Florida, Kansas State, Colorado, and Boston College.  Those games will be played between 2013 and 2019.

UMass had previously scheduled games against UConn, Indiana, Michigan and Vanderbilt for the 2012 season.  Below is a look at the Minutemen’s future nonconference opponents:

2012: at UConn (Aug. 30), Indiana (Sept. 8), at Michigan (Sept. 15), at Vanderbilt (Oct. 27)

2013: at Wisconsin (Aug. 31), at Kansas State (Sept. 14), Vanderbilt (Sept. 21)

2014: Boston College (Aug. 30), Colorado (Sept. 6), at Penn State (Sept. 20), at Vanderbilt (Oct. 4)

2015: at Colorado (Sept. 12), at Notre Dame (Sept. 26)

2016: at Florida (Sept. 3), at Boston College (Sept. 17)

2017: at Indiana (Sept. 23)

2018: at Boston College (Sept. 1), Vanderbilt (Sept. 8)

2019: at Colorado (Sept. 7)

All but the 2012 game vs. Indiana, the 2013 game vs. Vandy, the 2014 games vs. BC and Colorado and the 2018 Vandy game will be played on the road.

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9 Responses to “UMass diving headfirst into big boy football, schedule-wise”
  1. thegamecocker says: Apr 23, 2012 11:14 AM

    Congratulations to UMASS on undertaking such an ambitious out-of-conference schedule. This will make your team even better in conference play. UMASS is a terrific school.

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    I, for one, would like to see them win a couple of the games (as long as it isn’t a B1G team). It sounds like whoever did the scheduling has a death wish.

  3. thegamecocker says: Apr 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    @brutus

    Playing good teams only makes your team better. UMASS is going up against some very good teams and when they compete in the MAC, they will be awesome. If you’re going “BIG TIME”, then go all the way! NO FEAR! And they will get their clocks cleaned in some games but that is OK!

  4. bozosforall says: Apr 23, 2012 12:56 PM

    brutusbuckeye2011 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 11:35 AM
    I, for one, would like to see them win a couple of the games (as long as it isn’t a B1G team). It sounds like whoever did the scheduling has a death wish.

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    I’m sure that money had a lot to do with who they scheduled. Get paid alot but your team gets slaughtered.

  5. centexhorn says: Apr 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    I’m happy for UMass. I think they’re destined for the Big East, long term. They’re probably taking all these difficult opponents to pad the coffers so they’ll have money to fund this expensive future they almost certainly have in front of them. Or maybe they’re trying to work toward building a new stadium or new facilities.

  6. poison66 says: Apr 23, 2012 6:33 PM

    Props to them for playing the big boys, even though yhey will get slaughtered. OU needs to schedule them, they like creampuffs…….

  7. bangitfootball says: Apr 23, 2012 10:02 PM

    Sacraficial lambs in away games served up for slaughter and big $$$$$ to improve the program

  8. ispysomething7 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:07 PM

    In this case, money talks. Calipari won’t be able to bail them out this time………

  9. tonyricemajorharris says: Apr 24, 2012 11:52 PM

    Good for UMass- it is a great school trying to get better on the field….and make some $$$. Makes sense to me

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