The schedule for Texas A&M football has ended up playing out very nicely for the Aggies, given the loss they just suffered at Miami. The ability to build a little bit of momentum headed into conference play is vital at this point, and the Aggies have the opportunity to do that very thing against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, who roll into town this Saturday to face off against A&M.
The Warhawks are perennially one of the more challenged programs in all of FBS. Over the past three years, they have amassed a grand total of eight wins, and haven’t made a bowl since 2012. ULM made a big move somewhat recently to hire a big name as coach, tabbing Terry Bowden—a former coach of Jimbo Fisher’s, as a matter of fact—to lead the team. Bowden hasn’t yet found success, as his teams have gone 4-8 both of the last two seasons, but the Warhawks are hoping this year will be different. They’ve already hit half of their win total from each of the last two years by conquering Army and Lamar in their first two games of the season. Both games have had lower scoring totals—17-13 and 24-14, respectively—thanks to an intransigent rush defense from ULM, as well as a less-than-high-powered no huddle attack on offense.
The Aggies, however, pose a much different challenge than either the Black Knights or the Cardinals. Neither of ULM’s previous opponents can stretch the field like the Aggies, nor do they have the same kind of beef up front to enforce their will in the run game. Can ULM stand up to this challenge?