2012 Football Non-Conference Schedule Announced
Sept. 27, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass football, in its first season playing a Football Bowl Subdivision schedule in 2012, will play non-conference games against Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, and Vanderbilt, as announced on Thursday. The Minutemen will host the Hoosiers at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 8 and will play road games at the Huskies, Wolverines, and Commodores in addition to their full Mid-American Conference schedule.
"We feel this is a tremendous non-conference schedule to secure for our first season at the FBS level," said University of Massachusetts Athletics Director John McCutcheon. ""This will be a challenge to be sure, but we believe it sends a clear message about our commitment to building a competitive FBS football program."
"This schedule certainly legitimizes the announcement that we are going to the next level," said head coach Kevin Morris. "With Gillette Stadium as our home field, the citizens of Massachusetts will have a premier football venue to watch their team compete at college football's highest level. There is no better time to be a student-athlete, alumnus or fan of UMass football."
UMass will open its inaugural Football Bowl Subdivision season with an Aug. 30 game at Connecticut.
That will be followed up on Sept. 8 with the Minutemen's first home game at Gillette Stadium against a FBS program when they host Indiana in Foxboro. UMass will make a return trip to Bloomington in 2017.
On Sept. 15, UMass will head back to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Wolverines in a rematch of the Minutemen's near upset in 2010.
The final non-conference game of the 2012 slate will be an Oct. 27 game at Vanderbilt. That will be the first of a four-game series with the Commodores with games in Nashville in 2012 and 2014, and home games for the Minutemen in 2013 and 2015.
On April 20, 2011, UMass announced its move to the FBS and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and will play a full FBS and MAC schedule beginning with the 2012 football season. By 2013, the Minutemen will be eligible for the MAC championship and bowl participation.
UMass will be playing all of its 2012 and 2013 home games at Gillette Stadium, a world-class facility with seating for 68,756. UMass games at Gillette will be among the most unique and special experiences in all of college football. Playing near Boston will enable UMass to engage its large alumni and fan base in Eastern Massachusetts. Gillette Stadium offers first-rate amenities including luxury suites and club-level seating, and features two of the largest high definition video boards in the world.
2012 UMass Football Non-Conference Schedule: