I was at the Umass-URI game last night, and I have some thoughts to share.
1. UMass QB Pagel is clearly still learning, he had a bunch of obvious miscomms with receivers and he threw two picks, but he is a tremendous physical talent. He threw for 66% and 270 in his first start. The kid is no joke.
2. UMass RB Hernandez could dominate. BC's defense is flat-out weak in every respect except for ILB, and Hernandez is an outside oriented guy.
3. IF Harris doesn't play (with Spaz considering a red-shirt season for MH this seems to be a deffinite) UMass CAN win this game.
4. Northwestern without its star QB, UCF, and Duke are easily in the bottom 20% of the FBS. UMass is a top 15 team in the FCS. What makes you guys think we are so very insulated from being beaten? We had all best ditch our cockiness pretty dang fast here.
The last time we played the Zoo we had arguably the greatest BC team ever under a guy named Matt Ryan and we still won by just 10. And yes, I do care about the UMass-BC thing, as we all damn well should! The Zoo is a sleeping giant! BCI seems to think that we will be sharing the spotlight with them when they make the jump to FBS. What tremendous luster does BC football have right now? We're a generally disliked private school with almost no history of football success save for one pass! We NEED to be playing UMass EVERY YEAR for the sake of retaining fans!