Last year, in 2014, the squad’s first year Head Coach Mark Whipple led his team to a disappointing Won-Loss record of 3-9. The Minutemen play football games in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and did poorly against “league” foes, too, losing five games while winning just three.
Coach Whipple, now in his second year as head of the school’s football team, wanted to get off to a fast start and hoped that the Minutemen could improve on last year’s losing record.
It hasn’t happened. The University of Massachusetts began the season on the road at the University of Colorado on September 12th. The visitors were beaten badly by a score of 48-14. Game Two was played at home against Temple University on Saturday, September 19th. The Owls have been good so far this year, but the Minutemen gave the team from Philadelphia all it could handle before succumbing to the visitors by a score of 25-23.
The University of Massachusetts or UMass as it is known by fans around the country, traveled to South Bend, Indiana on September 26th to comp0ete against sixth-ranked Notre Dame. The home team scored early and often, beating the Minutemen in a rout by a final score of 62-27.
Now, a depressing 0-3, Coach Whipple’s men face more tough competition in their remaining home games. The first of those games will take place this Saturday, October 3rd when Florida International University (FIU) provides the competition. After that, the Minutemen will host games against Kent State University on October 17th, the University of Toledo on October 24th, the University of Akron on November 7th and the University of Miami (Ohio) on November 21st.
Winning games against that group of teams will not be easy, but the Minutemen can come out on top if collectively, they bring their “A Game” to the gridiron.
The team’s remaining road games are also filled with peril for the team that calls New England home. The University of Massachusetts will travel to Bowling Green University on October 10th, Ball State University on October 31st, the University of Eastern Michigan on November 14th and the University of Buffalo for a game against the Bulls on November 27th.
The Minutemen will have to play all of these road games, as well as all of their home games energetically and with determination. Anything less than maximum effort from each player will put games into the losing column. And if that happens, Coach Whipple will find that his team may have “peaked” last year when it won three games.
Courtesy of the University of Massachusetts