2018 UMass Minutemen football team

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2018 UMass Minutemen football
UMass Amherst Athletics logo.svg
Conference Independent
2018 record 1–1
Head coach Mark Whipple (11th overall, 5th straight season)
Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple (11th season)
Defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham (2nd year; 40th overall season)
Home stadium Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
(Capacity: 17,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
BYU               1 0  
Liberty*               1 0  
No. 8 Notre Dame               1 0  
UMass               1 1  
Army               0 1  
New Mexico State               0 2  
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
As of September 5, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 UMass Minutemen football team represents the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This is the fifth year of head coach Mark Whipple's second stint at UMass and 11th year overall. The Minutemen divide their home schedule between two stadiums. Five home games are being played at the UMass campus at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium with one home game at Gillette Stadium. This is UMass's third year as an independent.

Previous season[edit]

The Minutemen finished the 2017 season 4–8.

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Davey O'Brien Award[1] Andrew Ford QB SR
Doak Walker Award[2] Marquis Young RB SR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[3] Andy Isabella WR SR
Butkus Award[4] Bryton Barr LB SR
Paul Hornung Award[5] Andy Isabella WR/KR SR
Wuerffel Trophy[6] Andrew Ford QB SR
Andy Isabella WR SR
Manning Award[7] Andrew Ford QB SR

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 255:30 p.m.DuquesneELVNW 63–158,684
September 11:00 p.m.at Boston CollegeACCN ExtraL 21–5530,112
September 86:00 p.m.at Georgia SouthernESPN+
September 157:30 p.m.at FIUbeIN  
September 223:30 p.m.Charlotte
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVN  
September 29at Ohio  
October 63:30 p.m.South Florida
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVN  
October 203:30 p.m.Coastal Carolina
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVN  
October 27at Connecticut  
November 33:30 p.m.Libertydagger
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVN  
November 1012:00 p.m.BYUELVN  
November 17at Georgia  
Schedule Source:[8]

☆All Eleven Sports broadcasts will be simulcast on NESN or NESN+.

Game summaries[edit]

Duquesne[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dukes 3 6 0 6 15
Minutemen 21 14 21 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The Minutemen's game against Duquesne was the first of the 2018 college football season, kicking off 90 minutes before Prairie View A&M–Rice.[9]

at Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 7 0 0 14 21
Eagles 14 34 0 7 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–21 2016 Boston College, 26–7

at Georgia Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0
Eagles 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2017 UMass, 55–20

at FIU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0
Panthers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2017 FIU, 63–45

Charlotte[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0
Minutemen 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Ohio[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0
Bobcats 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2017 Ohio, 58–50

South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 0
Minutemen 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Coastal Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chanticleers 0
Minutemen 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2017 Coastal Carolina, 38–28

at Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0
Huskies 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–34–2 2012 Connecticut, 37–0

Liberty[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 0
Minutemen 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

BYU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0
Minutemen 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2017 UMass, 16–10

at Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0
Bulldogs 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Davey O'Brien Award Watch List includes 26 players". July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018. 
  2. ^ "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ "2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List". July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Butkus Award - 2018 Collegiate Watchlist". The Butkus Award. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018. 
  5. ^ "43 PLAYERS NAMED TO 2018 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Manning Award: See which quarterbacks made the preseason watch list for 2018". August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  8. ^ "2018 UMass Minutemen Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  9. ^ "2018 College Football Schedule". fbschedules.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018.