UMass football kicks off the 2013 home season at Gillette Stadium against the University of Maine. 2013 season marks the first time as an FBS program that UMass is eligible to qualify for the MAC Championship Game and can earn an invitation to a postseason Bowl game.
Last year, seven teams from the MAC qualified for bowl games highlighted by Northern Illinois' trip to the BCS Orange Bowl against Florida State. UMass will face four of the seven bowl teams from the MAC in 2013 (Northern Illinois, Ohio, Bowling Green, Central Michigan). Additionally, three of UMass' four non-conference games are against bowl teams in Vanderbilt (Music City Bowl), Wisconsin (Rose Bowl) and Kansas State (Fiesta Bowl).