by: Knox Bardeen
The University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks will travel to Murfreesboro, TN on Saturday to take on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
Kickoff at Floyd Stadium is scheduled for 3:37 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CSS. Tom Dore has the play-by-play duties while Cole Cubelic will be adding color commentary. Barbara Jordan will be reporting from the sidelines.
Middle Tennessee State has a 3-1 record on the season and has won its last three football games. The Blue Raiders are 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference and sit in third place.
ULM is 2-2 through four weeks and has yet to play a Sun Belt foe. The Warhawks season started tough with two Southeastern Conference opponents, Arkansas and Auburn. ULM beat the Razorbacks in overtime and lost to Auburn in overtime.
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ULM has two losses on the season by a combined eight points. A loss to Auburn in Week two in overtime by three points was followed by a five-point loss to Baylor in Week 3. ULM has been in every game its played this season.
ULM leads all Sun Belt teams in scoring (41.8 points per game) and in touchdowns (24). Oddly enough, the Warhawks are the onlySunBelt team that hasn't kicked a field goal in 2012 (Justin Manton is 0-2 on field-goal attempts).
ULM has the second-most potent pass offense in the Sun Belt Conference, averaging 321.5 yards per game. Middle Tennessee State ranks sixth in the SBC, giving up 231 yards through the air per game. Kolton Browning has 11 touchdown passes and just two interceptions for the Warhawks.
No one in the Sun Belt Conference catches more passes per game than ULM's Brent Leonard who averages 7.5 receptions each contest. Tavarese Maye ranks third in SBC action with 6.2 catches per game.
Not to be outdone by Leonard and Maye from ULM, Middle Tennessee State wide receiver Anthony Amos ranks fourth in the Sun Belt Conference with six receptions per game and second in the SBC going for 84 yards per contest. There will be high-qualityreceiverson the field Saturday in Murfreesboro.
Middle Tennessee State is up 9-3 in the all-time series between these two teams. The team that has scored first has won all but one game in the series.
The Blue Raiders rank second nationally in sacks allowed, onlygiving up one all season. But theyshouldbe ranked first as the team's only sack came on an intentional grounding call from wide receiver Kyle Griswould.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Logan Kilgore is the mostefficientpasser in the Sun Belt conference, and ranks 18th nationally, completing 70.4 percent of his passes.
by: Knox Bardeen