Things in Monroe are looking pretty bleak.
The Warhawks had maybe the toughest 2020 football season out of anybody, going 0-10 last year and a result fired head coach Matt Viator who had done a decent enough job in his previous three seasons. Now ULM is starting all over and most outlets have the Warhawks winning just one game this year.
I hate to say it but...it’s the perfect opponent for LSU to play ahead of Texas A&M
2021 S&P+ Projection: 126th (oof)
2021 Recruiting: 99th
Head Coach: Terry Bowden (first season, 82-69-1 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Rich Rodriguez
Defensive Coordinator: Alonzo Hampton
Bowden, the former Auburn head coach, will coach against LSU for the first time in 23 years. He’s spent the past seven years coaching Akron and got the Zips to a pair of bowl games.
He’s bringing Rich Rodriguez, yes that Rich Rodriguez, in to be his offensive coordinator. Rich Rod took a break from coaching in 2020, the last time we saw him he was the OC at Ole Miss in 2019. Bowden also tapped Alonzo Hampton, a ULM alum, to be his defensive coordinator. This will be Hampton’s first time being a defensive coordinator, but he’s plenty experienced. He’s mainly been a defensive backs coach with stops at Western Kentucky, South Florida—where he was also the special teams coordinator—Oregon, and Florida State.
You don’t get to 0-10 by accident and the Hawks were a mess in all phases last year. ULM couldn’t score (16 points a game) nor could they stop others from scoring (allowed 42 points a game). The cupboard is pretty bare in terms of talent; ULM didn’t have any player make a preseason All-Sun Belt team and, unsurprisingly, the Warhawks were picked to finish last in the conference’s West Division.
September 4 @ Kentucky
September 11 BYE
September 18 vs. Jackson State
September 25 vs. Troy
October 2 @ Coastal Carolina
October 9 vs. Georgia State
October 16 vs. Liberty
October 23 vs. South Alabama
October 30 @ Appalachian State
November 6 @ Texas State
November 13 vs. Arkansas State
November 20 @ LSU
November 27 @ UL-Lafayette