UMass Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
The offense was solid last season, and it didn’t seem to matter in key spots. This year, it’ll be fantastic, and it’ll be enough to win several of the close games, but the problem will be on the other side.
The defense that was so hit or miss will struggle with the big running games early on – Boston College and Georgia Southern will go wild – but QB Andrew Ford and the solid group of receivers will be good enough to get by the weak and the sad.
Get ready for more shootouts, more fun battles, and a lot more close games. Is this the year when UMass breaks through with a winning season? If the O can ramp it up more and be far better on third downs and in key spots, yeah.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 5.5
Forget about beating Boston College and Georgia on the road, and unless something crazy happens, UMass isn’t beating South Florida, either. But the other nine games are all in play, including dates at UConn and Ohio and the home game against BYU.
After winning last year, can the Minutemen handle the Georgia Southern option running attack on the road? Can it get by FIU and its solid defense?
There are just enough 50/50 games to get to five wins – assume wins over Duquesne, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina and Liberty, with at least one other toss-up going the Minutemen’s way – but it’ll take an upset to get that sixth.
Other than the offensive stars, the talent level is still just okay-to-bad, and there’s no given for a program that’s struggled to find any positive consistency at the FBS level. But five wins shouldn’t be seen as too big of a disappointment.