As football program with a small athletic budget, Louisiana Monroe relies largely on money games against big-time football teams to help funding. After this season, that could be a problem. No one may agree to play the Warhawks.
Despite losing to Baylor Friday night 47-42 and dropping to 1-2 on the season, ULM is quickly becoming one of college football’s more fascinating teams. For three straight weeks, the Sun Belt school has taken a BCS program down to the wire. The Warhawks stunned Arkansas in overtime in Week 2 and nearly pulled off another overtime upset against Auburn last Saturday. Baylor only needed regulation to put ULM away, but overtime looked like a real possibility for a while.
ULM got off to a hot 14-0 start thanks to a couple of Nick Florence interceptions, but the Bears battled back and eventually wore down the Warhawks defense. If you like arm tackles, well, there were plenty.
Monroe has one more nonconference game (Tulane) before heading into Sun Belt play. Judging by the first three games of the season, ULM could be going bowling in December for the first time as a member of 1-A football.