The Northwestern Wildcats will host the Massachusetts Minutemen in a late-season inter-conference battle Saturday afternoon from Ryan Field. The Minutemen were crushed 63-7 by Army last week, and the Wildcats are coming off a 24-22 home loss to Purdue in their latest action. There are no previous matchups between these two teams.
Minutemen Defense Stumbles Again in 5th Straight Loss
The Massachusetts Minutemen continue to get shelled by their opposition. The Minutemen have the worst defense in the FBS and their struggles resumed in an ugly 63-7 road loss to Army last week in a game that had UMass labeled as 34.5 point dogs. The Minutemen usually give both Andrew Brito and Randall West playing time. Brito has seen the most action. The junior QB has tallied 763 passing yards with a 7:6 TD to INT ratio, while West has 558 passing yards with four touchdowns against four picks.
UMass has experienced some success on the ground. Bilal Ally is having a strong season, accumulating 660 rushing yards on an average of 5.3 yards per attempt. The junior back has rushed for at least 90 yards three times. The Minutemen do not have a receiver with over 300 receiving yards. Jermaine Johnson Jr. leads the way with 284 yards. UMass has scored 21 or fewer points in three out of their last four games.
The Minutemen defense is having an abysmal season. They haven’t been able to stop any opponent and have surrendered over 50 points five times this season. Umass’ lone win occurred against Akron. They are currently averaging 20.7 points, ranking them 113th in the FBS. The Minutemen have an awful defense that is squandering an average of 53.1 points, placing the last at 130th overall, and they own a 0-5 road record.