Tag:Bowling Green
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:49 am
Edited on: April 19, 2011 5:24 pm

Report: UMass will join the MAC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

FBS football is about to get another new member, one that should make the already-competitive MAC that much more challenging.

The Midwestern league is set to announce that they will be inviting FCS power UMass to join as a football-only member, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The MAC Twitter feed has already confirmed that a press conference has been scheduled tomorrow featuring both conference and UMass officials; it's all but official.

Per the Plain Dealer, the Minutemen will play a full conference schedule as soon as 2012 but won't be eligible for the league championship until 2013. UMass is the second football-only member that plays its other sports in the Atlantic 10, joining Temple, and brings the MAC's total football membership up to 14.

The addition of the Minutemen will allow the conference to return to two even seven-team divisions after an awkward set up the past few years with seven teams in the East and six in the West. (The league will likely move area rivals Bowling Green and Toledo into the same division to accommodate the addition.) But more importantly, the move gives the MAC a member with a strong history of terrific football at the FCS level.

UMass won the national championship in 1998 (then I-AA) and finished as a runner-up in 1978 and 2006, pulling in their most recent conference championship in 2007. The Minutemen provide a few "big-time football" advantages to the MAC, including the use of the New England Patriot's Gillette Stadium for certain home games.  As far as the Minutemen are concerned, the move to FBS opens the door to plenty of new opportunities - bowl games, exposure, money - and should come as welcome new to the UMass faithful.    

Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 5:07 pm

Tate Forcier plays well in Robinson's absence

Posted by Tom Fornelli

At halftime I said that if the Wolverines were going to have an easy time in the second half of their contest against Bowling Green then the Michigan defense was going to have to tighten up.  It did, allowing only seven more points over the final 30 minutes.  Though the way the Michigan offense played with Tate Forcier at quarterback for an injured Denard Robinson, the defense could have relaxed a bit.

Forcier was fantastic for the Wolverines in Robinson's place.  After leading the Wolverines to a touchdown in the closing minutes of the second half, he picked up right where he left off in the second half.  Forcier led the Wolverines on six more touchdown drives and finished the day completing all 12 of his pass attempts for 110 yards and picked up 30 more with his legs en route to an easy 65-21 win.

In a year that saw Forcier starting fall practice without wings on his helmet, and was followed by seeing Forcier on the sidelines with a towel over his head during Michigan's opening victory over UConn before transfer rumors broke, today had to feel great for the sophomore quarterback.  Of course, who knows what this will mean as far as further playing time is concerned.

Before leaving the game with his knee injury Denard Robinson was playing like his usual amazing self.  He's in no danger of losing his starting gig, but given his history of getting dinged up during games, odds are that Forcier will see the field a bit more this season.

No doubt Michigan is happy to still have him.

Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:48 pm

Michigan down Robinson, still up 28-14 at half

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Denard Robinson is yet to return following his injury in the first quarter , and without him Michigan is having a bit more trouble against Bowling Green than they'd like.  After taking a 21-0 lead following Robinson's injury the same Michigan defense that showed up over the last two weeks against Notre Dame and UMass returned for the Wolverines, giving up successive touchdown drives to Bowling Green.

Tate Forcier would come on for Devin Gardner -- who had originally replaced Robinson -- late in the second quarter and led the Wolverines on a touchdown drive to extend the lead to 28-14.

While Robinson's absence will get most of the attention in this game, the simple truth is that whether he's in the game or not, it's Michigan's defense that will have the most say in the outcome of this game.  If they can show up in the second half and stop Bowling Green then this game is already over.  If they don't, and keep playing the way they have been in recent weeks, well, then anything can happen.

In fact, Rich Rodriguez may be considering bringing Robinson back in for the second half if his knee isn't anything serious.
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