1 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium
Radio: 1520 AM. Online: ESPN3.
Last time out: UB hasn’t played in 17 days, due to the storm-induced cancellation of last week’s Kent State game. The Bulls walloped a talented Akron team, 55-24, two weeks ago. UMass had been on a roll, winning three of four conference games, before getting blown out at Akron, 30-6, last week.
Trending: The huge factor today is UMass star quarterback Blake Frohnapfel is out with an ankle injury. He leads the Mid-American Conference in yards per game at 334.5. Starting in his place will be redshirt freshman Anthony Whipple. He threw three interceptions in the loss at Akron. He’s the son of UMass head coach Mark Whipple.
Stat check: The UMass defense ranks 11th in the 13-team MAC in points allowed (32.5), 10th in yards allowed (438) and ninth against the run (182.5).
Star gazing: Junior WR Tajae Sharpe (No. 1) leads the MAC in catches (81) and receiving yards (1245). UMass has one of the best tight ends in the MAC in 6-foot-7 Jean Sifrin (No. 87), who has 40 catches. The defense is led by two good linebackers, No. 35 Stanley Andre and No. 17 Jovan Santos-Knox Jr.
At stake: UB would love to take out its frustrations – over a losing season and last week’s cancellation – on the Minutemen. The seniors want to finish with a memorable win. The underclassmen can benefit from making a good impression for whoever takes over as the next coach. The guess here is that’s enough for an inspired effort.
Prediction: UB 34, UMass 16.