We didn’t write a postgame article on the Maine game because, aside from the fact that our blog really doesn’t spend a lot of its time on football analysis (there’s plenty of other options for that) we’re not that sadistic. Let’s throw that in the vault of “games that never happened” which includes the Merrimack 11-2 game, the Valentine’s Day Heartbreaker, and there’s like a special compartment labeled “Kevin Morris.” It was so bad, I said some things I probably didn’t mean about renouncing my fanhood and such as I stormed out of Gillette. My bad. Moving on.
Tonight’s 37-7 loss to Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Revocable Living Trust Stadium, on paper, still sucks. It’s a 30-point loss to a team that already has one loss to an FCS team – at home! – on its resume, and a program that, like seemingly all of the FBS programs we play, we came a lot closer to beating pre-Kevin Morris than in this shattered nuclear wasteland after him. We still gave up like 4000 rushing yards and our special teams have looked, well, special at times. But look! I found some silver linings! Please come to home games now and buy multiple tickets that you don’t need. (This may or may not include drunkenly buying 8 tickets for your party of 7 people which is definitely not at all a thing that I did last week.)
1) AJ Doyle had easily his most confident game as the Minuteman signal-caller all season. Granted, he tossed up a couple picks, and there were a few of the now-trademark UMass timeout-burning, too-late decision making moments that make this team so painful to watch sometimes, but he looked lightyears ahead of how Wegzyn has looked since basically the midway point of the 2nd quarter at Wisconsin, and dare I say had some great rhythm moments where he and Tajae Sharpe were in something resembling “sync.” Molnar needs to pick one of these guys and stick to them, and I have no doubt that Doyle has earned the starting job for the time being with this performance tonight.
2) For the first time, the opponent failed to cover the spread! Take that, Vegas.
3) The other “big two” in New England fell flat on their faces again. UConn was bested by Maryland and is now 0-2 and both of their games were at home. BC was thwomped by a pretty bad USC team, touted by Fred Toucher and John Wallach a few days ago as a team that “should definitely beat” USC , and which Wallach (a noted BC fanboy) said “would be great for the game of college football in New England” if they would win (willfully failing to mention UMass football, a sponsor on their own network). Ohhh, you guys.
4) Reigning two-time state champ Leominster is 1-0 after rolling St. John’s of Shrewsbury again and…oh, wait, I think the list is done. Sorry guys, that’s it.
5) Wait, I have two more! Hockey starts in 26 days and there’s a fucking sick episode of Breaking Bad scheduled for tomorrow night.
In conclusion, our football program is doomed because at 0-3, the chances of getting over 15k fans for Vanderbilt is quite slim. It would be swell if we can pull the upset there and get the bandwagoners back on in time for the MAC schedule, but I’m not holding out hope. At this point, we may have to bite the probation bullet and hope the team finds improvement over the rest of the season in front of the diminishing crowds. I’m thinking the real future of this program might be heavily tied to next year’s BC game.