Division 1 FBS College Football in Massachusetts (9/11/17)…

Only a couple of weeks into the 2017 college football season and for the two Division 1 FBS programs here in Massachusetts it is looking like it could be another tough year. Head Coach Mark Whipple and the University of Massachusetts are off to an 0-3 start with a recent 17-7 home loss to Old Dominion and they are now facing two upcoming road games at Temple and Tennessee. Currently in his fourth season at UMass, Coach Whipple is coming off a 2016 season in which the Minutemen went 2-10 so another poor record in 2017 will definitely have fans questioning the direction the UMass program is headed in. Looking at the recent UMass recruiting strategy it appears that they try and recruit nationally and many times are offering prospects who ultimately choose to attend elite college football programs. UMass would be much better served focusing in on recruiting Massachusetts and the Northeast where there is a far greater chance of recruiting success for them. The only Massachusetts commit in the UMass 2018 class is offensive lineman Patrick Walsh of Wachusett Regional High School yet the UMass coaches are out offering four star national recruits who end up choosing to play at USC and Penn State. This makes no sense and takes away from them recruiting in their “backyard” where they do have a chance to compete for the best local talent. Over at Boston College Head Coach Steve Addazio is in his fifth year and has a record of 1-1 with a bad 34-10 home loss to Wake Forest this past weekend. BC now has a home game against Notre Dame this Saturday and then they have to go on the road to play down at Clemson. If BC comes out of these first four games at 1-3 with bad losses to Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Clemson there will be increased pressure on new BC Athletic Director Martin Jarmond to outline what he sees as a successful season for the football program. For the 2018 recruiting class BC has done a better job identifying local talent and has commitments from three players at Lawrence Academy (Finn Dirstine, Ryan Betro and Joey Luchetti), one from Everett High School (Jason Maitre) as well as one commitment from Rhode Island (Jehlani Galloway). So it will be very interesting to see how these two football programs do during the rest of the month of September as they will both face very strong competition and these games could go a long way in determining who leads these football programs in the future.

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