UMass Preview

UMass will receive $650,000 for tomorrow's game. The annual budget for their entire athletic department is just under $5 million. They need money, we need wins. This preview will reflect that.
 
UMASS vs. #17/18 MICHIGAN
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
September 15, 2012, 3:30 PM

TV: BTN (Eric Collins, Derek Rackley, Lisa Byington)
Radio: WWJ-950 AM, WTKA-1050 AM, SiriusXM 117/203 (Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter, Doug Karsch)
Line: UM -45.5
O/U: 54
Series Record: UM leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2010: MICH 42 - UMASS 37
UM Record/Rank: 1-1 (0-0), #17/18
UMass Record/Rank: 0-2 (0-0)
Gametime Forecast: Low 70s, mostly sunny.

Parking/traffic issues
With Stadium Blvd shut down at the State St. bridge, that will snarl traffic. AA.com has a handy map.

Relevant links from sites we trust
MZone's Know Your Foe. Ron Kramer's status is being elevated to Legend tomorrow, MVictors shares a cool story. Brady Hoke midweek UMass presser. Kyle Meinke's 5 keys. Former UM RB Michael Cox plays for UMass (and is 3 inches taller), he's excited to return to the Big House.

Previews
Touch the Banner, Hoke's Mad Magicians, MGoBlog, Holdin the Rope, Maize & Go Blue, BWS.

When Michigan has the ball

When UMass has the ball

Special teams

Make boisterous comments on Twitter if...
• Michigan can top Indiana's rushing output against UMass last week (331 yards)
• The LBs turn the clock waaaay back to 2011
• That 45 1/2 point spread doesn't seem so ridiculous

Cancel recording on your DVR if...
Copper Barton stops smiling
• You need to leave dvr space for more True Blood episodes
• You see Will Hagerup more than once

Prediction

Michigan 45 UMass 3

Hopefully, you know less about tomorrow's game than you did before this preview. You're welcome.

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Michigan - UMass statistical breakdown