ULM vs. SE Louisiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, August 30
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA
ULM (0-0) vs. SE Louisiana (0-0) Game Preview
This isn’t a fun team for ULM to face to start out the season.
SE Louisiana started out last season by pushing Louisiana-Lafayette to the brink in a 51-48 firefight won by the Ragin’ Cajuns, and now the devastating Lion rushing attack will give the Warhawks everything they can handle.
ULM should have one of the Sun Belt’s most fun and exciting offenses, but any real hopes of going bowling this season could all but die right out of the gate if they can’t get by its in-state neighbor.
One Reason Why SE Louisiana Will Win
It’s a new era of SE Louisiana football under head coach Frank Scelfo, but the running game is staying in place. The Lions finished third in the FCS last season averaging 283 yards per game, and it gets a slew of the key pieces back.
There’s going to be more of a passing game in the mix, and that’s where Fresno State transfer QB Chason Virgil should help the cause along with incumbent Lorenzo Nunez. But it’ll be RB Marcus Cooper who’s the one the mediocre ULM run defense needs to stop.
ULM was miserable defensively last season, ruining a huge year from the offense by giving up 532 yards per game. However …
One Reason Why ULM Will Win
There’s hope for the D. David Griffith is a terrific returning linebacker and there’s enough size up front to hold up against the Lion ground game. The experience and talent in the linebacking corps will be the difference.
It’s one thing to balance out the offense like SE Louisiana will try to do, and it’s another to actually do it under a new coaching staff.
Of course, ULM is all about QB Caleb Evans and the offense this season. The running game should go wild on a SELA defensive front that was fine last season, but won’t come up with enough key stops once Evans gets going. This is a powerhouse Warhawk offense built to get into shootouts.
What’s Going To Happen
The Lion passing game won’t be good enough to pull this off.
The ground attack will do its part, and it’ll put its share of points on the board to keep pace, but when the O has to throw it to try taking over in the second half, it won’t be able to do it.
ULM will allow well over 400 yards of total SELA offense, but Evans will account for that many himself for the Warhawks.
It’ll be a nightmare of a game for the ULM coaching staff to sweat through, but it’ll be a blast to watch.