The Massachusetts Minutemen suffered a harsh reality check last Saturday at the hands of the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder where the Buffs used their impressive ground attack to stampede the Minutemen into submission to the tune of a 48-14 final.
UMass began this season with lofty expectations, however those were grounded rather abruptly after their game in Colorado. Now they must use what they learned in Saturday's defeat to try and slow down a Temple Owls squad that has started off 2-0 with statement wins over Penn State and Cincinnati and currently sits just outside the Associated Press Top 25.
UMass and Temple share a long history and rivalry on the hardwood when Temple was in the Atlantic 10 in the days of John Calipari and John Chaney. While it is highly unlikely that either head coach in this match-up with threaten the other's life in the post-game press conference, UMass would dearly love for this contest to become a yearly occurrence by landing a coveted spot in the American Athletic Conference after a brief spell as an independent. At its peak the UMass/Temple basketball rivalry was among the most heated in the NCAA, it would be nice to be able to revive that in football, as well as basketball.