UMass will be the third of four new opponents that FIU faces in 2015. The Panthers have already played Indiana and North Carolina Central for the first time and later this season play Charlotte for the first time.
The Minutemen are 0-3 and playing their second and final season in the Mid-American Conference before becoming an independent next season. UMass has lost big to Colorado and No. 6 Notre Dame and had Temple beat before the Owls rallied for a 25-23 win.
Saturday's game in Amherst, Mass. is the first of a two-game series between the Panthers and Minutemen. UMass will play at FIU in 2018. For more on the Minutemen here is Matt Vautour, who covers UMass for the Daily Hampshire Gazette to answer 5 Questions on UMass. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @MattVautourDHG.
1. I know UMass is in its fourth season as an FBS team. What was expected from UMass before the season as far as a season prognostication?
MV: With so many seniors, including quarterback Blake Frohnapfel returning on both sides of the ball, there was legitimate hope entering the year that this would be a team that could compete both in the MAC and for a bowl bid. Temple and Colorado turned out to be a little better than expected but there's still hope that with three of the toughest games behind them that the Minutemen can get some momentum going now.