It's a proper nickname for the University of Massachusetts, Penn State's fourth opponent in the 2014 season, because, well, that's all the time they may be in the game for this year. EXCUSE ME, UMASS, BUT...
YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO SHOT AT BEATING PENN STATE IN 2014.
This will be the easiest of these posts to write this year. Normally, we pick out a certain position group that Penn State can exploit or something along those lines. However, Massachusetts is just plain bad everywhere.
Since UMass moved up to FBS play two years ago, they have gone a combined 2-22 with wins against Akron in 2012 and Miami of Ohio in 2013. Paul Myerberg of USA Today has already ranked them as the worst team in FBS for 2014. The school has already considered moving back down to FCS, a motion that failed in the university's faculty senate by a single vote. They are leaving the MAC after the 2015 season and, as of now, have no conference to provide them shelter afterwards. The fact is, though, that this is not a Football Bowl Subdivision team.
To help right the ship, they brought back Mark Whipple (a former Brown University quarterback) for a second go-around as head coach in Amherst. Whipple, who also has NFL coaching experience, most notably as Steelers quarterbacks coach in the mid-2000s, went 49-26 in his first stint at Massachusetts which included a Division I-AA championship in his first season. But, that was then and this is now, a time where he's coaching a team that is way out of its league.
Outside of the return of Whipple, the most excitement UMass can muster up heading into 2014 is the graduate transfer of former Marshall backup quarterback Blake Frohnapfel. Frohnapfel should challenge returning starter A.J. Doyel for the starting job and it may not be much of a fight considering the returning starter only threw for 1,274 yards with a 6-11 TD-to-INT ratio in 2013.
Finally, before coming to State College on September 20th, they have to go through Boston College and Colorado at home and a trip to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. This team will be run ragged and beat up physically in the three weeks prior to taking on the Nittany Lions which only magnifies the uphill battle they have when heading into Beaver Stadium.
I'm afraid I've got some bad news, UMass. You really shouldn't be on the same field as Penn State on September 20th. This game will be done sooner rather than later as the Nittany Lions will cruise to a 49-0 victory.
WHO ELSE IS PENN STATE BEATING IN 2014?