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TXST Countdown To Kickoff: Bobcats matchup with ULM

Texas State Football
Friday, August 12, 2022

Texas State travels to Monroe, La., to kick off their November slate against the ULM Warhawks.

Terry Bowden’s first year in the bayou ended with a 4-8 overall record and a 2-6 record in Sun Belt play. The Bobcats’ contest against ULM in 2021 resulted in a 27-19 victory for the maroon and gold. 

The Bobcats and Warhawks have an extensive history dating back to their Southland conference days in the 1980’s. ULM holds a 12-6 advantage against the ‘Cats, but Texas State holds a two-game winning streak dating back to their matchup during the 2020 season.

The Warhawks’ returning production is a tale of two sides of the football. On one hand, ULM ranks 21st in the country and brings back 82% of its offensive production per ESPN’s Bill Connelly. It’s a different story for the Warhawks on defense. ULM’s incoming defensive production is ranked 126th while at 46% — the sixth-lowest in college football. 

The Warhawks will rely heavily on their experience on offense. Some names to watch include the quarterback-slot receiver tandem of sophomore quarterback Chandler Rogers and graduate receiver Boogie Knight. Rogers threw 20-plus passes just four times last season, totaling 1,064 yards, a 66% completion rate, eight touchdowns and one interception throughout the stretch. Knight averaged 13 yards a catch on 45 total receptions to go along with 588 total yards and three touchdowns.

ULM’s defense already had to replace 54% of its production, and the summer wasn’t friendly to the Warhawks’ cause. Junior cornerback Josh Newton — one of ULM’s defensive leaders last season — compiled 48 tackles and 2 interceptions in 2021 but re-entered the transfer portal post-spring and headed to TCU. The Warhawks do bring back senior linebacker Zack Woodard, who finished 2021 with 89 tackles, three and a half sacks and one interception. ULM did have some activity of its own in the portal though, bringing in former 3-star DeSoto linebacker Jackson Bailey from Arizona.

Connelly’s SP+ projections have the Warhawks winning 2.2 games on average and 1.7 in conference play, giving ULM a 1% chance to make a bowl game. The Warhawks rank 130th overall in the FBS — 12 spots behind Texas State at No. 118. ULM will host the maroon and gold inside Malone Stadium in the ‘Cats’ fifth conference game of the season on Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

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