The UMass Minutemen football program is the fourth oldest in all of FBS football. The UMass Minutemen are coming off a tough one-win season, but that one win was over a power five team in UConn. Unfortunately, the Minutemen have not won more than one game since 2018.
Since UMass made the jump from the FCS level to FBS, it has been a rough ride. The Minutemen have won 18 games since they made the jump in 2012. There was reason to believe that the Minutemen could make the jump successfully. They had been somewhat of an FCS powerhouse in the early to mid-2000s and even had an FCS national title appearance in 2006.
The betting odds released by three sportsbooks, however, suggest the struggles are expected to continue during the 2022 season.
UMass Minutemen Futures Odds
|Sportsbook||UMass Season Wins Total|
|Caesars||Over 2.5 (+105)
Under 2.5 (-135)
|DraftKings||Over 2.5 (+125)
Under 2.5 (-145)
|BetMGM||Over 2.5 (+110)
Under 2.5 (-130)
UMass Minutemen 2022 Schedule
The first half of the 2022 schedule is not ideal, with four of the first five games being on the road. There is also another three-game streak of road games in November that follows a three-game homestand in October.
Sept. 3: At Tulane
Sept. 10: At Toledo
Sept. 17: Vs. Stony Brook
Sept. 24: At Temple
Oct. 1: At Eastern Michigan
Oct. 8: Vs. Liberty
Oct. 15: Vs. Buffalo
Oct. 29: Vs. New Mexico State
Nov. 4: At UConn
Nov. 12: At Arkansas State
Nov. 19: At Texas A&M
Nov. 26: Vs. Army
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Minutemen 2022 Outlook
As bleak as things have looked for UMass since entering the FBS, there is reason to hope again. That reason is the defensive mastermind, and head coach Don Brown is taking over the program again. When Brown was last the head coach, he was responsible for leading UMass to an FCS national title game appearance. Brown left for a bigger job not long after, but he has come full circle, and if anyone knows how to get it done at Umass, it is Don Brown.
The defense gives reason for hope as it returns seven starters, and Brown is known for getting everything he can out of a defense. Unfortunately, those seven returning starters were a part of a defense last year that allowed 485 yards a game and a nation’s worst 43 points per game. Power Five transfers Marcus Bradley (Vanderbilt) and Machus Cushnie (Florida State) coming in could potentially be plug-and-play starters on the defensive line.
The offense has even more returning starters — nine to be exact. Still, it is not like they are returning as players that were part of a prolific offense. The Minutemen scored 16 points per game last year. The biggest problem was quarterback play, as the offensive line and rushing attack were serviceable.
Yet, UMass had four players who threw at least nine passes last year. The best of the worst is Brady Olson, and he is the favorite to win the starting job. Yet the job is up for grabs, and the hope has to be for a player to go out and win it — not just have the position be a revolving door again.
Bet the under. If the total was set at 1.5, it might be different. Yet can anyone expect a team that has not won more than one game in the last four seasons to go out and win three? It is highly doubtful.
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