An Article that Five_Fifs wrote on the wire....... since some guys don't really check the wire I figured I'd paste it here for all to see. Nicely done. Last season, the Minutemen approached the buffet table and got a sample of success. And they love the taste. Rising as a high as #10 in the national polls, the Minutemen flirted with the possibility of receiving an at-large bid **** BCS bowl game until a late season upset by in-state rival Boston College. In this, their third season of FBS competition and second season in the Big East conference, the Minutemen are ahead of the schedule in the development of their program. By the most optimistic of expectations, UMass' third season at the FBS level was suppose to be their turning point to relevancy; the year where double-digit losses were no longer going to be the norm and Coach W.D. Franklin would have a decent chance of a second contract if he could coach his squad **** record in the vicinity of .500. Of course that was before two seasons with 10 or more wins and bowl victories in each. That was before a Top-10 recruiting class in 2013 and a Top-30 class in 2014. And last season, thanks in large part to its new conference affiliation with the Big East, UMass was able to gain some national profile and remained ranked in the Top 25 polls for the vast majority of the season. Entering the bye week 2-0, with double digit victories over two programs with high **************** the season, Bowling Green and Central Florida, the 2014 Minutemen again have the look ************* contender. The rejuvenated defense has only given up one meaningful touchdown this season (Central Florida scored two additional touchdowns in the 4th fourth quarter after the outcome was all but decided) and producewd 7 turnovers in two games. Randy Palmer appears to have gotten over his early season jitters and settled in to the offense and his role in it. Freshmen TE Chris McCall and FB Randall Holmes are explosive options at their positions and add diversity to the ******************** the bye week, this incarnation of the Minutemen have a blend of talent and experience unseen in Amherst-----ever. And an upcoming schedule that presents an equally rare opportunity to firmly legitimize and establish the program on a national stage for years to come. With consecutive tilts against #4 and defending National Champions Virginia, Big 12 powerhouse Kansas State, and #11 Utah of the Pac-12, UMass will find itself prominently featured in nationally televised contest that voters will most certainly be paying close attention to because ******* people want to know what the true identity of these Minutemen. The general consnesus is that emerging from this slate 2-1 is the threshhold for success. UMass would then enter another bye week before engaging the balance of the, begiingin with two-time defneding Big East Champion, South Florida. The battle against the Bulls , alone, would provide a reprieve for any shortcomings in the UVA-KState-Utah traige, as UMass still would have the opportunity to gain the inside track for the Big East Conference Championship and the automatic BCS bowl birth that comes with it. However, although a conference championship would be a landmark achievement for UMass football, the truth is that conference champions are fleeting whims of aspiration. They come and go. However, to win a conference championship while also serving notice against the best the nation has to offer. Few teams ever have the opportunity ********** so much in so little time as UMass' has the opportunity to do now. With a team that looks to return 18 starters next year, legitijmzing itself as an aunthentic football team and not a fleeting giimick or a flash in the pants team thaht rises up every few years is at hand. Only time will tell. And in November, after UVA, Kansas State, Utah, and South Florida have come and gone, perhaps then, we will truly know what we have in the 2014 (and 2015) University of Massachusetts Minutemen.