|1988 UMass Minutemen football|
Yankee Conference co-champion
|Record||8–4 (6–2 Yankee)|
|Home stadium||Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (17,000)|
|1988 Yankee Conference football standings|
|No. T–10 UMass +^||6||–||2||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
|No. 15 Delaware +^||6||–||2||–||0||7||–||5||–||0|
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Football Committee poll
The 1988 UMass Minutemen football team represented the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1988 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Yankee Conference. The team was coached by Jim Reid and played its home games at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts. The 1988 season marked the Minutemen's first playoff appearance since their runner-up finish in the 1978 National Championship game. UMass finished the season with a record of 8–4 overall and 6–2 in conference play.
|September 10||No. 14 Maine||W 45–42||12,458|
|September 17||at Ball State*||L 17–44||9,370|
|September 24||at Harvard*||W 45–28||7,500|||
|October 1||Boston University||W 44–27||12,840|
|October 8||at Rhode Island||No. T–11||W 26–7||5,117|
|October 15||Connecticut||No. 9||L 14–35||14,301|
|October 22||at No. 14 Delaware||L 7–10||22,301|
|October 29||Northeastern*||W 21–6||7,240|
|November 5||at Richmond||W 26–16||9,026|||
|November 12||Villanova||W 17–6||5,829|||
|November 19||at No. 20 New Hampshire||No. 11||W 64–42||8,650|
|November 26||at No. 7 Eastern Kentucky*||No. T–10||L 17–28||4,600|
- Pave, Marvin (September 25, 1988). "Mitchell's Feats Help UMass Blitz Harvard". Boston Sunday Globe. Boston, Mass. p. 81 – via Newspapers.com.
- "UMass wins 26–16". The Berkshire Eagle. November 6, 1988. Retrieved November 4, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
- "UMass halts 'Nova's quest for title, 17–6". The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 13, 1988. Retrieved April 20, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.