Ohio Bobcats vs ULM Warhawks
When: Friday, Dec 28, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Independence Stadium (Independence Bowl)
The Ohio Bobcats (8-4) were rolling along nicely to start the season. They opened the year with a 10 point victory over Penn State, and looked liked a real contender for a BCS berth. Ohio was undefeated until a loss on October 27th, but that loss started a spiral downward. They won one game in November, but they weren’t competitive in any of the losses.
Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) also started the season with a huge win over a conference power. They outlasted Arkansas with a thrilling finish. ULM lost their next two games by total of eight points. They finished tied for second in the Sun Belt with ULLA and MTSU.
Both teams were capable of pulling off huge upsets over teams in turmoil. They could play with most teams in the country, and they both were victimized by how good their conferences are.
Kolton Browning is a phenomenal quarterback for the Warhawks, and he should be fully healthy for the Independence Bowl. He has duel threat capability, and throws the ball with pin point precision. Browning has the support of the coaching staff, and they will go for fourth down conversions more often than not.
Tyler Tettleton completes 62 percent of his passes for the Bobcats. Tettleton is great with the ball, and he doesn’t make careless mistakes. He only had three interceptions during the season.
While Louisiana-Monroe has never been to a bowl game, Tettleton led the Bobcats to a victory over Utah State in the postseason, last year.
ULM uses a running game by committee. Browning also leads the team in rushing. They don’t run the ball that often, but they are effective.
Beau Blankenship is a workhorse for Ohio in the running game. He rushed for 1500 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Ohio will need to use ball control to slow down the passing attack of ULM. They can use play action passes if they are successful between the tackles.
The Bobcats defense will be under immense pressure against the Warhawks four down attack. ULM likes to get a lot of plays off during the game. Most defenses get fatigued against their style.
The contrasting styles will be an interesting dynamic as the game plays on. If Ohio can’t cover the receivers, they will be in for a long day. They will have to match score for score.
Ohio has been trending down during the final month of the season, and they will find difficulty running the football early. ULM will need to hit some long passes in the first quarter to gain momentum.
Louisiana Monroe 34