FLORIDA INT’L over UMass by 8

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If only ac­tor Dick Wilson hadn’t died in 2007. If the guy was still breath­ing, we’d sug­gest hir­ing the ac­tor who used to play Mr. Whip­ple on the Charmin com­mer­cials to take over for cur­rent UMass head coach Mark Whip­ple. The still-up­right Whip­ple en­ters the fifth sea­son of his sec­ond term at the helm in Amherst, and the pre­vi­ous four years have re­sulted in a 12-36 SU dis­ap­point­ment. Con­sid­er­ing UMass went 1-11 in its first year in the FBS, we’re won­der­ing if it isn’t time to con­sider step­ping back down. What the Min­ute­men re­ally need right now is a home game in which to re­group but tonight finds them on the road again in Mi­ami, their third in a row away from Paul Re­vere land. And folks, these guys might have played Ge­or­gia South­ern in States­boro last week but what­ever heat and hu­mid­ity they ex­pe­ri­enced there will barely reg­is­ter on the ‘feels-like’ scale com­pared to the sauna that awaits them at Ri­cardo Silva Sta­dium. Be­sides the se­ries host be­ing on a 3-0 SUATS run, Florida In­ter­na­tional has cashed in 7 of its last nine reg­u­lar sea­son games, in­clud­ing a 63-45 win over UMass in the home fi­nale last year. The bot­tom line is the Min­ute­men lost the stats by 241 YPG against FBS op­po­nents in 2018, and they’re keeping pace in 2018, out-gained by a scar­ily sim­i­lar 236 YPG in losses to Bos­ton Col­lege and GSU. Lay the short price with the Pan­thers at home tonight, but please… don’t squeeze the Charmin.

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