The UMass Minutemen have announced a few changes to their 2016 football schedule via their Twitter account this afternoon.
UMass was previously scheduled to play at Appalachian State on Oct. 29, 2016, but they have pushed that game back four years to Sept. 26, 2020.
That move opened the door for the Minutemen to add another road guarantee game and a home game. UMass will travel to face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Oct. 22, 2016. The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The following week on Oct. 29, UMass will host the Wagner Seahawks at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst. UMass and Wagner’s only previous meeting came back in 1931. The Minutemen won that game 77-0.
With today’s changes, UMass will have five home games in 2016 (four at Gillette) and seven road games. Home games include UConn, Mississippi State, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and Wagner, while the road games consist of Florida, Boston College, Old Dominion, South Carolina, Troy, BYU, and Hawaii.
The addition of the home game against UMass completes South Carolina’s non-conference schedule in 2016. The Gamecocks are also slated to host East Carolina on Sept. 17, host Western Carolina on Nov. 19, and travel to Clemson on Nov. 26.
Earlier today, we reported that South Carolina and East Carolina will meet four times between 2016 and 2021.