1. Remember, remember The Cajuns haven’t forgotten about last year’s 31-28 loss to the Warhawks, a game that effectively ended a number of dreams. A year later, the players weren’t blaming it on the fact that ULM knocked their starting quarterback out for the remainder of the season. The Warhawks outplayed the Cajuns at Cajun Field last season. As senior center Terry Johnson put it, “They beat us fair and square.” Like they were going into last year’s game, the Cajuns are undefeated in Sun Belt play and are on a long winning streak.
2. Show stoppers UL-Monroe traditionally has been one of the Sun Belt’s better defensive units, thanks to its unique defensive fronts. The Warhawks employ a 3-3 stack, meaning they line three linebackers up directly behind their three defensive linemen. One of the things that makes it difficult to prepare for is not many other teams run it, but it’s also confusing in its own right. The defensive orientation puts a lot of pressure on the offensive line, which must react quickly to a high degree of variation in gap attacks.
3. Punchless Warhawks? The Warhawks defense might cause some problems for the Cajuns, but their offense doesn’t strike much fear in anybody. The Warhawks are scoring just 18.7 points per game, which is dead last in the SBC and ranked 120th nationally. That number has ticked up some against conference opposition, as ULM is scoring 24.2 points per game in its five nonconference games. The passing offense hasn’t been bad, but the rushing offense has been abysmal. ULM’s 2.6 yards per carry average is ranked No. 125 nationally.
4. One-two, Cajuns comin’ for you The Cajuns could’ve played Alonzo Harris last week, but a quick look at the New Mexico State defense that was yielding more than 300 yards per game on the ground tells you why they held him out. Harris has now sat six straight quarters and he is ready to run some people over this weekend. Considering how well Elijah McGuire has run lately, the Cajuns feel they finally have their 1-2 punch fully healthy for the first time in a long time.