FIU returns to UMass on Saturday for the second game of a four-game series between the two teams. It's not often that the first two games of a series are at the same venue but that is the case here. UMass will come to FIU for two games in the near future. The Minutemen defeated the Panthers 24-14 last season in Amherst with a much more experienced offense. This season the Minutemen defense seems to be the strength of the team. For more on the UMass Minutemen we turn again to their beat writer Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette to answer 5 Questions on UMass:
1. UMass seems to have a good defense after they hung in with Florida & Boston College. Is that the strength of the Minutemen and what does UMass do well on defense?
2. I know top offensive players Blake Frohnapfel and Tajae Sharpe are gone from the UMass offense and they hurt FIU last year. How would you describe the UMass offense through the first two games and who are some of their top playmakers?
MV: Sophomore running back Marquis Young was UMass' best offensive player down the stretch last year, but he's been bottled up so far this year. I think UMass is still waiting for playmakers to emerge. The lack of them so far is why they've only scored 14 points.
3. Leading into this game what's the mood or thought among the Minutemen regarding FIU and do you think they take anything from last year's game?
4. How does UMass beat FIU? How does UMass lose to FIU?
5. Your thoughts on Saturday's game between UMass & FIU and prediction?