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ULM (2-1) at (20) Baylor (2-0)



Saturday, September 21, 4 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Frank Haynes, Senior College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: Having used the last two weeks to prepare, the nation's top offensive team will be on display this Saturday afternoon, as the 20th-ranked Baylor Bears play host to the Warhawks of ULM.

This is the final non-conference game for Baylor, which will open Big 12 play on Oct. 5 at home versus West Virginia, but ULM still has to face Tulane at home next week before embarking on its Sun Belt Conference schedule against visiting Western Kentucky on Oct. 3.

ULM brings a 2-1 ledger into this contest, the team dropping a 34-0 decision at Oklahoma, another Big 12 school, in the season opener before winning its last two over FCS foe Grambling State (48-10), and Wake Forest (21-19).

While pleased with the fact that his team won a tough road game against an opponent from the ACC last week, ULM head coach Todd Berry spoke afterward about some concerns he had with what transpired.

"I've been through 31 years of coaching football and there's two things that I've learned. One is that we're going to make it interesting here. The other is that when we get out of our comfort level, we don't handle it very well. That's disappointing because we should be passed that. So obviously we're excited about the win, but there were so many mistakes and that's not like us. It's not what we do. So part of me is happy, but part of me is disappointed because we can be so much better than what we are."

Baylor has won its first two games in blowout fashion, whipping up on overmatched foes Wofford (69-3) and Buffalo (70-13). The win over the Terriers, a FCS squad, in the opener set a Floyd Casey Stadium record for most points in a game, and that was bested a week later in the 70-point effort against the Bulls, which marked the most a Baylor team has put up since 1929.

Baylor head coach Art Briles believes his team has performed up to expectations to this point.

"We're 2-0 and that's right where we wanted to be after two weeks. I was proud of the way our guys responded after an early drive by Buffalo. I think that's smart to do. Our job as a team was to try to destroy this team early. I thought when it was all said and done, they didn't even get on our side of the field for two or three possessions. I thought our guys responded extremely well, executed defensively about as well as we have in awhile."

ULM and Baylor are meeting for only the second time in history, with the Bears winning last year in Monroe, 47-42. The two teams combined for more than 1,100 yards in that contest.

Kolton Browning completed 43-of-68 passes (both career highs) for 315 yards and three TDs to lead the Warhawks to their narrow at Wake Forest last week. ULM ran a school-record 104 offensive plays in the win, and benefiting from Browning's exploits were Tavarese Maye and Rashon Ceaser, the tandem combining for 21 receptions, 162 yards and TD. Je'Ron Hamm added seven grabs for 72 yards. The ULM run game tallied 109 yards on the day, with Jyruss Edwards fighting his way to a team-high 61 yards on 17 carries.

The ULM defense shut down the Wake rushing attack to the tune of 15 net yards, so the Demon Deacons turned to the air where they amassed 325 yards and accounted for a pair of TDs. The Warhawks only came up with one turnover, but logged four sacks while allowing the home team just a 5-of-15 success rate on third-down conversion attempts. Isaiah Newsome was high man on the ULM defense with seven tackles, and Joel Gautney had two sacks and forced a fumble.

For the season, ULM is averaging 23 ppg while giving up 21 ppg, and it has been about 50 yards per game better than the opposition on average. Browning has hit the mark on 57.6 percent of his passes for 614 yards with six TDs and four interceptions, and Ceaser, while failing to find the end zone yet, heads the receiving corps with 21 grabs for 218 yards. As for the run game, it features a pair of guys who average better than six yards per carry in Edwards (28 carries, 193 yards, one TD) and DeVontae McNeal (16 carries, 103 yards, one TD), and the team as a whole churns out an average of 5.4 yards each time it decides to keep it on the ground, but has just two rushing scores to its credit.

Defensively, the Warhawks have been effective for the most part in limiting the opposition to 138 ypg and only one TD on the ground, and 192.3 ypg with six scores through the air. Stopping foes in the red zone has been an issue, with all eight trips there so far resulting in points, and while the unit has come up with eight sacks, only three turnovers have been recorded. Cameron Blakes heads the defense with 25 tackles, 10 more than his closest teammate, and he and Gautney have five sacks and six TFL between them.

Baylor sports the nation's top offense, scoring 69.5 ppg while churning out 736.5 ypg. In the rout of Buffalo, the Bears gained a school-record 781 yards and they improved to 14-1 at home since 2011. Bryce Petty leads the team from under center, and he is coming off a game in which he completed an ultra- efficient 13-of-16 passes for 338 yards and two TDs, adding a rushing score as well, helping the Bears amass an eye-popping 576 total yards in only 11 minutes with the starters in there. In addition to Petty's performance, Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards and three scores, and the Bears had a pair of 100- yard receivers in Tevin Reese (four rec., 130 yards, one TD) and Antwan Goodley (four rec., career-high 124 yards, one TD).

Buffalo had very little luck running the ball last week, tallying just 83 net yards on 49 attempts, instead relying on the pass (280 yards) to do what it could to hang around. Sam Holl led the Baylor defense with nine tackles, while Eddie lackey was close behind with eight. Bryce Hager scored on a 91-yard fumble return in the second quarter, and about the only negative from the Bears' perspective was that they committed 10 penalties for a loss of 125 yards.

Baylor is ranked second nationally in scoring defense (8.0 ppg) and 20th in total defense (298.0 ypg), and Lackey spearheads the unit with 17 tackles. As a collective unit, the Bears have logged 26 TFL with eight sacks, and they have come up with five takeaways.

Although it hasn't been tested to this point, Baylor has won its last six games overall and 10 in a row over non-conference foes. While the Warhawks are sure to put up a fight, expect the Bears to claw their way to 3-0 behind yet another impressive offensive showing.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Baylor 49, ULM 28

09/18 10:32:58 ET

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Final
ROC 1
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1:05pm Today
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2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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Final
HOU 4
BAL 1
Final
KAN 1
NYY 5
Final
MIA 1
PIT 5
Final
WAS 2
CHC 3
Final
CWS 9
TOR 10
Final
COL 1
CIN 2
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PHI 4
NYM 5
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SEA 7
TAM 6
Final
TEX 4
CLE 3
Final
BOS 1
MIN 2
Final
SFG 6
MIL 3
Final
ARI 4
STL 6
Final
DET 1
OAK 0
Final
SDP 4
ANA 0
Final
ATL 0
LOS 8
12:10pm Today
TEX
CLE
 
12:35pm Today
COL
CIN
 
12:35pm Today
MIA
PIT
 
12:37pm Today
CWS
TOR
 
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:10pm Today
SEA
TAM
 
1:40pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
3:35pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
 
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
Final
ATL 88
CLE 118
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
Final
NYR 7
TAM 3
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
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TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
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HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
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ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
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NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
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FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
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CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
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UCLA
 
Final
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DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
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7:05pm Friday
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DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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