In a release this morning, UMass Director of Athletics John McCutcheon announced the addition of 19 games to their future football schedules.
The additions include a four-game, home-and-home series with BYU and Army, home-and-home series with Appalachian State, Charlotte, Hawaii, Ohio, and Troy, and a single game at Tennessee.
UMass is currently a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), but will leave the conference after the 2015 season and compete as an FBS Independent in 2016 and 2017.
“We are very excited to announce these games as they give us a great mix of regional rivalries along with national exposure,” said McCutcheon. “Our primary focus now is to finalize the 2016 and 2017 schedules as we move forward.”
The two games against BYU in 2018 and 2019 will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. All other games will be played at either Gillette Stadium or McGuirk Stadium in Amherst. Those will be announced at a later date.
Listed below is each opponent announced today by UMass:
UMass will travel to play the Mountaineers at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC on Oct. 29, 2016 and will host them on Oct. 28, 2017.
UMass will host Army on Nov. 21, 2020 and Nov. 12, 2022. The Minutemen will travel to Michie Stadium in West Point on Nov. 9, 2019 and Nov. 20, 2021.
BYU and UMass will play a four-game, home-and-home series. The first two games are set for LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Oct. 8, 2016 and Nov. 18, 2017.
The last two BYU-UMass games will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Nov. 10, 2018 and Nov. 23, 2019.
UMass will host Charlotte on Sept. 22, 2018 and will travel to face the 49ers at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019.
UMass will travel to face Hawaii at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Nov. 26, 2016 and will then host the Rainbow Warriors on Oct. 7, 2017.
The Minutemen will host the Ohio Bobcats on Sept. 30, 2017 and will then travel to face them at Peden Stadium in Athens on Sept. 29, 2018.
UMass will play a single-game at Tennessee on Nov. 4, 2017. The Minutemen will receive a $1 million guarantee for the game.
UMass will travel to face Troy at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016 and will then host the Trojans on Nov. 3, 2018.