(A PRESS RELEASE FROM UMASS)
As the UMass football team prepares for its first full season at the Football Bowl Subdivision and as first-year members of the Mid-American Conference, the Minutemen have signed agreements to play several of college football's elite programs in upcoming seasons.
As announced Saturday by athletic director John McCutcheon, UMass will face opponents from the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, ACC and Pac 12 with games in place through 2019.
The Minutemen will play future non-conference games against Notre Dame, Penn State, Wisconsin, Florida, Kansas State, Colorado and Boston College.
This is in addition to the 2012 non-conference schedule that includes UConn, Indiana, Michigan and Vanderbilt.
In 2013, UMass will play at Wisconsin and at Kansas State in addition to the previously announced home meeting with Vanderbilt as part of a four-game series with the Commodores.
The game at Kansas State will be the third all-time meeting between the Minutemen and the Wildcats. The programs first met in 2003 and most recently in 2009.
Home games at Gillette Stadium against Boston College and Colorado along with road games at Penn State and Vanderbilt are in place for 2014. The Boston College and Colorado games are part of three-game series. The meeting with Penn State is just for the 2014 season.
The Minutemen have a return game at Colorado along with a trip to Notre Dame in place for the 2015 campaign.
In 2016, UMass will head to Florida and to Boston College, while the 2017 schedule features a return game at Indiana.
The third game in the series with Boston College will occur in Chestnut Hill along with a home game against Vanderbilt in 2018. The final announced future game will be at Colorado in 2019 to conclude that three-game series.
Additional non-conference games for the 2013 season and beyond will be announced as arrangements are finalized.
UMass will begin the 2012 season on August 30 at UConn. The first-ever FBS home game for the Minutemen will come on Sept. 8 as Indiana visits Gillette Stadium.
Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.UMassAthletics.com, by calling 866-UMASS-TIX (866-862-7784), or by visiting the Mullins Center Box Office.
Aug. 30-at Connecticut, East Hartford, Conn. TBA
Sept. 8-Indiana, Gillette Stadium, TBA
Sept. 15-at Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., TBA
Sept. 22-at Miami (Ohio), Oxford, OH., TBA
Sept. 29-Ohio, Gillette Stadium, TBA
Oct. 6-at Western Michigan, Kalamazzo. Mich.
Oct. 22-Bowling Green, Gillette Stadium, TBA
Oct. 27-at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., TBA
Nov. 3-at Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Ill., TBA
Nov. 10-at Akron, Akron, OH., TBA
Nov. 17-Buffalo, Gillette Stadium, TBA
Nov. 23-Central Michigan, Gillette Stadium, TBA