AMHERST, Mass. – A total of five games UMass football games will be televised as announced by the Mid-American Conference on Thursday afternoon. In conjunction with the announcement, UMass has also announced start times for two other home games. The Minutemen will be playing their first season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level and as members of the MAC this fall with home games played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Four of the five television games are slated to be picked up on the ESPN family of networks. The season opener at UConn, previously announced as a 7:30 PM kick-off, will be shown on ESPN3.
The following week, UMass will host Indiana of the Big 10 in the first-ever FBS home game at Gillette Stadium with kick-off set for 3:30 PM and coverage provided by ESPN3 as well.
The Minutemen's first-ever conference game as members of the MAC will be on Sept. 22 at Miami with a Noon kick-off. The game will be televised on ESPN Plus, ESPN Game Plan and ESPN3.
UMass' season-finale against Central Michigan on Nov. 23 will either be shown on ESPNU/ESPN3. The television platform for that game will be decided 12 days prior by ESPN. Kick-off will remain TBD until that time.
Fans will also be able to watch UMass' return to the Big House as the Minutemen meet Michigan again after almost knocking off the Wolverines in 2010. The game will be carried on the Big Ten Network which is available on most major cable providers. Kick-off is set for 3:30 PM.
Kick-off times for the Sept. 29 home game against Ohio at Gillette Stadium has been set for 3:30 PM, while the Bowling Green game on Oct. 20 will be at Noon.
The start time for the Buffalo game on Nov. 17 will also remain TBD due to a potential New England Revolution home match in the Major League Soccer playoffs. That time will be determined at a later date.
UMass' road game at Northern Illinois was also announced today as a 3:30 PM start. Road games at Arkon, Western Michigan and Vanderbilt are still TBD for kick-off.
Season tickets are on sale now by call 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784) or by going online to www.UMassAthletics.com. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase in late July.
2012 UMASS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE GAME (Television) LOCATION TIME
Thur., Aug. 30 at Connecticut (ESPN3) East Hartford, Conn. (Rentschler Field) 7:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 8 INDIANA (ESPN3) FOXBORO, MASS. (GILLETTE STADIUM) 3:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 15 at Michigan (Big 10 Network) Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium) 3:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 22 at Miami (Oh) * (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3) Oxford, Ohio (Yager Stadium) Noon
Sat., Sept. 29 OHIO * FOXBORO, MASS. (GILLETTE STADIUM) 3:30 PM
Sat., Oct. 6 at Western Michigan * Kalamazoo, Mich. (Waldo Stadium) TBD
Sat., Oct. 13 BYE WEEK
Sat., Oct. 20 BOWLING GREEN * FOXBORO, MASS. (GILLETTE STADIUM) NOON
Sat., Oct. 27 at Vanderbilt Nashville, Tenn (Vanderbilt Stadium) TBD
Sat., Nov. 3 at Northern Illinois * DeKalb, Ill (Huskie Stadium) 3:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 10 at Akron * Akron, Ohio (InfoCision Stadium) TBD
Sat., Nov. 17 BUFFALO * FOXBORO, MASS. (GILLETTE STADIUM) TBD
Fri., Nov. 23 CENTRAL MICHIGAN * (ESPNU/ESPN3) FOXBORO, MASS. (GILLETTE STADIUM) TBD