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UB-UMass Pregame

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Gillette Stadium is hopping early this afternoon with some kind of Battle of the Bands event. Just heard a medley of songs from The Lion King.

It's a 3 p.m. kickoff today, a strange time for a non-televised game. Why is UMass playing at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots? Because its 17,000-seat on-campus facility needs upgrades to meet the approval of the Mid-American Conference. I'm told those could start in the spring.

I'll provide an update on UB's injury situation once it becomes available.

UMass is 1-9, 1-5 and coming off its first FBS victory as an FBS team, a 22-14 decision over Akron. UB is 3-7, 2-4 and looking for its first three-game winning streak since the 2008 championship season.

-- Bob DiCesare



College football | Mid-American Conference | University at Buffalo
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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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