Memphis vs. ULM Early Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Memphis vs. ULM fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, August 31st
Game Time: 9:00 pm ET
Venue: Liberty Bowl, Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
Network: CBS Sports Network
Memphis (0-0) vs. ULM (0-0) Game Preview
Just how good is Memphis going to be?
ULM should be a whole lot better than it was last season, and it’s going to be a sleeper in the Sun Belt chase, but if Memphis is going to be a player in the American Athletic, it needs to come out and prove it right away with a trip to UCF up next and a home date with UCLA to follow.
It was a rocky 2016 season for the Warhawks, but they have an improved, veteran offense returning and nine starters back on defense. But can they shock the Tigers?
Memphis is going to be expected to win this game in a blowout, but don’t be so fast to assume this will be ugly. Memphis might be amazing, and it could still struggle to get through this.
One Reason Why ULM Will Win
The Memphis defense isn’t exactly a sure thing.
A whole slew of key starters are gone, the pass rush was just okay, and there weren’t quite enough big-time playmakers to be any sort of a force.
It wasn’t a bad D, but it wasn’t amazing and it could take a little while to be great on the front seven.
With Caleb Evans taking over the ULM starting quarterback gig – somewhat shockingly beating out Garrett Smith – and almost all of the rushing production back, the Warhawks might be able to be far more potent than expected.
One Reason Why Memphis Will Win
Can ULM stop the run?
Even when the Warhawk offense was fine, the defense didn’t do its part, especially on the ground allowing 200 rushing yards or more nine times and getting destroyed by the really, really good ground attacks.
Again, this is an experienced ULM D, and the Memphis O line might need a little time to come together and rock, but until the Warhawks can prove they can hold up when pounded on, the Tigers have to give it a try.
They know Riley Ferguson can bomb away and the passing game will be fine, but this is the game to see if everything else works, too.
What’s Going To Happen
ULM will provide more of a challenge than Memphis might like, but it won’t be able to keep up.
The Tiger offense will get into a lather in the second half, forcing the Warhawks to try throwing to come back – that won’t go all that well.
It’ll be a good game for Memphis to start things off, but it’ll hardly be a perfect performance.
Memphis vs. ULM Prediction
Memphis 38, ULM 20
Memphis -26 o/u: 64
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