UMass Announces 2013 Football Schedule
March 1, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - As the UMass football program prepares for its second season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, the Mid-American Conference announced the 2013 schedule on Friday afternoon with dates of non-conference and league games. Times and TV assignments will be released at a later date this spring.
After its two-year transition period from the Football Championship Subdivision, the 2013 season will mark the first time as an FBS program that UMass is eligible to qualify for the MAC Championship Game and can earn an invitation to a postseason Bowl game.
Last year, seven teams from the MAC qualified for bowl games highlighted by Northern Illinois' trip to the BCS Orange Bowl against Florida State. UMass will face four of the seven bowl teams from the MAC in 2013 (Northern Illinois, Ohio, Bowling Green, Central Michigan). Additionally, three of UMass' four non-conference games are against bowl teams in Vanderbilt (Music City Bowl), Wisconsin (Rose Bowl) and Kansas State (Fiesta Bowl).
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2013 season with Sideline Level seating at $120 and Club Level seating at $195 (includes at $25 donation to the scholarship fund). Parking remains free for all games. To order or renew season tickets, fans can call 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784).
The Minutemen will host six games at Gillette Stadium this upcoming Fall with all home games falling on Saturday afternoons. After opening the season at Wisconsin, UMass will host its home-opener against New England foe Maine on Sept. 7.
A trip to Kansas State on Sept. 14 will be followed by a home game against one of the rising SEC programs in Vanderbilt. UMass and the Commodores faced each other for the first time last season in Nashville. The meeting against the Wildcats will be the third time the two programs have met (all in Manhattan). The last time the two teams met was a 21-17 KSU win in 2009 where a second half rally by the Minutemen fell just short.
A benefit of the schedule in 2013 will be a pair of bye weeks. UMass will have Saturday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 9 off from competition.
After the first bye week, the Minutemen head to Bowling Green (Oct. 5) before returning home to host Miami.
Following a road trip to Buffalo on Oct. 19, UMass will host three straight games over the next four weeks with Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Akron all visiting Gillette.
The Minutemen will close out final two weekends of the regular-season at Central Michigan on Nov. 23 and at Akron on Friday, Nov. 29.
2013 UMass Football Schedule