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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass against TCU during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Okla. 3rd, Iowa 4th, Irish 6th

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the new College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6. Clemson and Alabama remained the top two teams in the third-to-last committee rankings. The Sooners (10-1) seem to be in solid shape with only one game left in their season. Oklahoma will play at Oklahoma State on Saturday with a chance to win the Big 12. The Cowboys dropped to 11th after losing its first game of the season Notre Dame (10-1) also plays its last game of the season Saturday, a possible resume-builder against Stanford, which is ninth in the rankings. “In … 0

Moving on from Ohio St.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A season’s worth of skepticism about Ohio State was validated in a loss to Michigan State and the Buckeyes are no longer in the conversation to be No. 1. Not now. Not for the rest of this season. Repeating as national champion is hard, even for the first team to be a unanimous … 0

Favored UMass crunched, 20-13

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AMHERST — It was far from the kind of lasting impression the UMass senior class hoped to leave. Last season, Miami (Ohio) rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Minutemen, 42-41, snapping its 22-game losing skid. Saturday afternoon, the RedHawks came into McGuirk Alumni Stadium having lost 22 straight road games, and UMass proved the cure to that streak as well … 0

American uprising: Memphis, Temple join Houston in Top 25

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The American Athletic Conference wants to be considered closer in quality to the Power Five conferences than it is to its fellow Group of Five leagues. That claim is backed up by the results this season, including an … 0

Kent State spoils UMass Homecoming, 15-10

Sunday, October 18, 2015

AMHERST — Even struggling teams can look forward to certain games as an opportunity to turn things in the right direction. Saturday’s game offered just such an opportunity for UMass, but instead delivered a loss as unsettling as … 0

Minutemen face long road back after brutal loss

Sunday, October 18, 2015

UMass coach Mark Whipple will likely learn something about his team this week. How the Minutemen bounce back after an unexpected bad loss to Kent State will reveal and perhaps define the character of his Minuteman football team. Kent State was a team they were supposed to beat … 0

Interim coaches abound already in ’15

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Just about every assistant coach in the country considers the possibility of eventually getting a chance to run his own program. Rarely do they imagine taking over at midseason with no advance notice. Yet that’s the situation facing … 0

Falcons demolish UM, 62-38

Sunday, October 11, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green does everything fast — including transforming a game still in doubt into a blowout. The Falcons took advantage of UMass mistakes early and a Minutemen’s gamble to start the second half and pulled away, winning 62-38 Saturday at Doyt Perry Stadium. After … 0

UM escapes with 24-14 win over FIU

Sunday, October 4, 2015

AMHERST — It’s one measure of relief that UMass football fans could hardly celebrate their team’s first victory of the season without complaints that the final margin wasn’t nearly large enough. The Minutemen controlled the action throughout Saturday’s game but still endured a narrow scrape with a 24-14 … 0

Soggy showdowns and unnoticed unbeatens

Friday, October 2, 2015

The biggest Saturday of the college football season so far will feature a rare SEC showdown, a big-time drawing card in Death Valley and lots of rain. Five games matching ranked teams will provide some separation between the … 0

UMass is no match for Fightin’ Irish, 62-27

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Notre Dame fight song exhorts the university’s football team to “wake up the echoes.” Well, it took a spirited second-quarter UMass rally Saturday to rouse the Fighting Irish but good. The Minutemen rallied from a 14-0 deficit to twice pull within a point, … 0

UMass wideout arrested

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

AMHERST — UMass senior wide receiver Jalen Williams was arrested early Sunday morning in Amherst after allegedly breaking into a car. UMass athletic department spokesman Molly O’Mara said the school had no official comment. “We’re aware and reviewing internally,” she said. “We won’t be commenting further.” Williams could … 0

Owls shock UM, 25-23

Sunday, September 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — With just over a minute to play in Saturday’s game, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel had just thrown his third touchdown pass of the afternoon to Jamal Wilson, giving the Minutemen their first lead of the day, … 0