After a disappointing week 2 for Texas A&M football, the Aggies will return home to face off against a lower-division opponent in the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. ULM is off to a blistering 2-0 start, having beaten Army and Lamar in their first two games.
Texas A&M Football vs. ULM Odds, Spread and Total
Here are the odds from Fanduel Sportsbook.
Spread: ULM: +36.5 (-110) | TA&M: -36.5 (-110)
Total: 52.5 — Over: 52.5 (-110) | Under: 52.5 (-110)
The Aggies are currently favored in this one by a very similar mark as they were in their first contest, against New Mexico. I expect the Aggies to be able to cover this spread as well—the Warhawks defense is about as talented as the Lobos’ unit, and they certainly aren’t any more exotic in the looks they’ll use. Still, though, when you get a number this large, it’s hard to properly predict how a blowout will go.
Texas A&M Football vs. ULM How to Watch
Date: September 16, 2023
Game Time: 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM CT
Venue: Kyle Field in College Station, Texas
How to Watch: SEC Network or streaming
Texas A&M Record: 1-1
ULM Record: 2-0
Texas A&M Football vs. ULM Key Players to Watch
Here’s who to keep your eye on for each squad:
Hunter Herring: The Warhawks usually utilize two quarterbacks, and while Herring is the younger of the two, he has been the more productive That’s not saying much—he only has a 4.0 YPA against subpar competition thus far—but if the Warhawks find themselves in obvious passing situations, you’re more likely to see him behind center.
Hunter Smith: Another sophomore named Hunter for ULM, this time at the RB position. He’s been productive and efficient, racking up 204 yards already on only 20 attempts. The Aggies will have to watch out for this Warhawk run game, and Hunter Smith will be a prime candidate to key in on.
Ja’Terious Evans: Though freshman DL James Smith has the most TFL thus far in the season for ULM, it’s the senior OLB Evans that is the name to know on this defense. He brings experience to the front line for the Warhawks, and you can bet that the tackles for the Aggies will have his name and number circled coming into this matchup.
Conner Weigman: He’s gonna be tops on this list right up until he’s not. Weigman had a good game against Miami, all things considered, and I think we could see another big day for him against the Warhawks like we did against the Lobos. This is another good opportunity to build chemistry with the receivers and—importantly—the offensive line headed into SEC play.
Noah Thomas: Like Weigman, I see Thomas having another huge day for the Aggies, just like he did against New Mexico. Like the Lobos, ULM doesn’t have anyone that can physically match up with Noah—in stature or in speed.
Walter Nolen: After the showing the DL for Texas A&M football had against Miami, I expect they’ll show up ready to make a statement in this one. When big number 0 is in the game, you can bet efficient rushes up the middle will be few and far between, so the Aggies will be leaning on Nolen to help stifle this Warhawk run game.
Texas A&M Football vs. ULM Prediction and Pick
This should be a pretty easy choice. ULM can’t stack up to the Aggies in talent, and have been one of the worst FBS programs over the last few years. The biggest things to watch here are the spread, which I think the Aggies can cover, and whether the defense can redeem itself by keeping ULM to single digits. I like the Aggies to do both. I see this one ending with a score of about 48-3–or possibly even more, given that the Warhawks move much faster than did the Lobos.