Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the ULM Warhawks with our preview and prediction.
Saturday, September 3, 2022; 7 p.m. CT; Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
TV: Longhorn Network (Lowell Galindo, Sam Acho, Alex Chappell)
Radio: Texas: Longhorn IMG Radio Network; ULM: KMLB 105.7 FM.
Records: Texas, 0-0; ULM, 0-0.
Rankings: Texas: Receiving votes (Associated Press FBS Top 25); ULM unranked.
Series History: Texas, 1-0.
Last Meeting: Texas 59, ULM 20 (2009).
Favorite: Texas (-37.5)
Fun Fact: ULM led all of FBS in 2021 in fewest penalties per game (3.67) and fewest penalty yards per game (32 yards).
Quinn Ewers, Quarterback
Ewers left high school one year early, reclassified, went to Ohio State last season, rode the pine behind C.J. Stroud, decided to transfer, came to Texas and was named the starter last week. That sounds insane, but in the new world of college football, that’s pretty typical. Ewers beat out holdover part-time starter Hudson Card for the job. Ewers doesn’t have to set the world on fire ASAP. That’s running back Bijan Robinson’s job. But needs a solid game this week to get ready for Alabama next week.
Demarvion Overshown, Linebacker
They call him ‘Agent Zero,’ and the Longhorns have every intention of moving him around all season. Texas wants him rushing the passer more, pursuing the football more and making more of splash plays than he made a year ago when he was a Butkus Award semifinalist. Texas sees him as a player that can elevate their entire defense.
UL Monroe Warhawks
Chandler Rogers, Quarterback
The Warhawks had their own starting quarterback competition and Rogers, who started for ULM last year, beat out Jiya Wright for the job. Last season Rogers inherited the starting job in Week 3 after the incumbent starter was injured. As a freshman, he accounted for 1,678 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns. He completed 112-of-179 passes for 1,311 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. His 62.6 completion percentage was third-best in the Sun Belt Conference and set a ULM single-season record.
Caleb Thomas, Defensive Tackle
ULM’s defensive coordinator Vic Koenning calls Thomas one of his “big hefties,” and at 6-foot-1, 299 pounds he’s one of the anchors of the Warhawks defense. Thomas returns as a senior after ranking second among defensive linemen and 10th on the team overall with a career-high 37 tackles (12 solos, 25 assists). Thomas finished second on the Warhawks in tackles for loss with 7 1/2 for 30 yards, including 2 1/2 sacks for 19 yards. Both were career highs.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian is set to play mind games with everyone — at least for this week. He announced on Monday that he didn’t intend to release depth charts from week to week. That may change, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know how the Longhorns are going to improve on that 5-7 season from a year ago — give the ball to newly-minted mustard spokesperson and running back Bijan Robinson and let it rip.
ULM went 4-8 last season, which was actually a bit of improvement under first-year coach Terry Bowden, who has done a good job over the years of resurrecting programs. But, he still has a tall order ahead of him in Monroe, where the Warhawks are still looking way up at teams like defending Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana. The hard work continues as the Warhawks hope that Rogers can take their offense to another level.
PREDICTION: Texas 60, ULM 17
Yeah, it’s just gonna be bad … for ULM. Even IF Texas is looking ahead to Alabama next week, it’s not going to be enough to help out the Warhawks.