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2018 UMass Minutemen football
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ConferenceIndependent
2018 record4–8
Head coachMark Whipple (11th overall, 5th straight season)
Offensive coordinatorMark Whipple (11th season)
Defensive coordinatorEd Pinkham (2nd season)
Home stadiumWarren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
(Capacity: 17,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Division I FBS independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Notre Dame ^               12 1  
No. 19 Army               11 2  
BYU               7 6  
Liberty*               6 6  
UMass               4 8  
New Mexico State               3 9  
** – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules (can apply for waiver if not enough bowl eligible teams)
As of February 25, 2020 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This was the fifth year of head coach Mark Whipple's second stint at UMass and 11th year overall. The Minutemen divided their home schedule between two stadiums. Five home games were played at the UMass campus at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium with one home game at Gillette Stadium. This was UMass's third year as an independent. They finished the season 4–8.

On November 21, head coach Mark Whipple resigned.[1] He finished with a record of 16–44 in the five years of his second stint as head coach and 65–70 in his eleven overall seasons. On December 3, the school hired Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell for the head coaching job.[2]

Previous seasonEdit

The Minutemen finished the 2017 season 4–8.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Davey O'Brien Award[3] Andrew Ford QB SR
Doak Walker Award[4] Marquis Young RB SR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[5] Andy Isabella WR SR
Butkus Award[6] Bryton Barr LB SR
Paul Hornung Award[7] Andy Isabella WR/KR SR
Wuerffel Trophy[8] Andrew Ford QB SR
Andy Isabella WR SR
Manning Award[9] Andrew Ford QB SR

ScheduleEdit

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+L 13–3415,071
September 157:30 p.m.at FIUbeINL 24–6314,695
September 223:30 p.m.Charlotte
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVNW 49–3110,086
September 292:00 p.m.at OhioESPN3L 42–5819,056
October 63:30 p.m.South Florida
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVNL 42–587,988 
October 203:30 p.m.Coastal Carolina
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVNL 13–2411,134
October 2712:00 p.m.at UConnESPNUW 22–1724,150
November 33:30 p.m.Libertydagger
  • Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • Hadley, MA
ELVNW 62–59 3OT10,338
November 1012:00 p.m.BYUELVNL 16–3514,082
November 174:00 p.m.at No. 5 GeorgiaSECNL 27–6692,746
Schedule Source:[10]

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Game summariesEdit

DuquesneEdit

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.[11]

at Boston CollegeEdit

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 SouthernEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 3 7 3 0 13
Eagles 0 17 10 7 34



Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2017 UMass, 55–20


at FIUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 7 3 14 0 24
Panthers 14 28 14 7 63



Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2017 FIU, 63–45


CharlotteEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 7 14 31
Minutemen 28 7 7 7 49



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


at OhioEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 21 7 7 7 42
Bobcats 14 21 17 6 58



Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2017 Ohio, 58–50


South FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 10 10 28 10 58
Minutemen 7 7 14 14 42



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Coastal CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chanticleers 3 0 14 7 24
Minutemen 3 3 7 0 13



Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2017 Coastal Carolina, 38–28


at UConnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 3 0 6 13 22
Huskies 7 0 7 3 17



Overall record Last meeting Result
36–34–2 2012 UConn, 37–0


LibertyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 14 10 0 21 59
Minutemen 14 10 7 14 62



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


BYUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 7 14 7 35
Minutemen 10 0 0 6 16



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2017 UMass, 16–10


at GeorgiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 7 6 7 7 27
No. 5 Bulldogs 14 28 17 7 66



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 62 Andy Isabella WR Arizona Cardinals

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.gazettenet.com/Mark-Whipple-steps-down-as-UMass-football-coach-21712625
  2. VanHaaren, Tom (December 3, 2018). "Walt Bell new UMass head coach after 1 year as FSU coordinator". http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25445622/walt-bell-florida-state-seminoles-offensive-coordinator-new-umass-minutemen-coach. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  3. "Davey O’Brien Award Watch List includes 26 players". July 17, 2018. http://daveyobrienaward.org/2018/07/2018-davey-obrien-award-watch-list-includes-26-players. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  4. "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. https://www.smu.edu/DoakWalkerAward/Candidates. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. "2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List". July 19, 2018. http://biletnikoffaward.com/2018-biletnikoff-award-watch-list. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  6. "Butkus Award - 2018 Collegiate Watchlist". The Butkus Award. July 23, 2018. http://www.thebutkusaward.com/watchlist/view.aspx?t=c.
  7. "43 PLAYERS NAMED TO 2018 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST". July 26, 2018. http://www.louisvillesports.org/ph-article/43-players-named-to-2018-paul-hornung-award-watch-list/. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  8. "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. https://www.wuerffeltrophy.org/news1/wuerffel-trophy-unveils-2018-watch-list. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  9. "Manning Award: See which quarterbacks made the preseason watch list for 2018". August 16, 2018. https://www.nola.com/sugarbowl/index.ssf/2018/08/manning_award_watch_list_2018.html. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  10. "2018 UMass Minutemen Football Schedule | Minutemen | FBSchedules.com". FBSchedules.com. http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-18/2018-umass-minutemen-football-schedule.php. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  11. "2018 College Football Schedule". http://www.fbschedules.com/college-football-schedule/. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
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