UL Monroe 2018 Betting Preview: Warhawks Still Can’t Stop Anyone
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UL Monroe 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +999999
- To win the Sun Belt: +1200
- To win the Sun Belt West: N/A
- Win Total: 5.5 (over -120, under -110)
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UL Monroe 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 6.1
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UL Monroe Under 5.5 (-110)
A few teams had their defense completely fall off a cliff in 2017. East Carolina and Tulsa come to mind, as does ULM — which ranked 129th in Defensive S&P+, second-worst in the country. The 4-2-5 defense can create havoc, but only if the defenders know how to properly attack opposing offenses. The Warhawks didn’t show that ability at all last season.
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ULM did have a respectable offense that averaged 51 points per game in its 2017 wins. Sun Belt defenses will once again key on dual-threat quarterback Caleb Evans, who returns under center for his junior season. Expect another productive year out of the offense.
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ULM didn’t catch any breaks on the schedule, as it plays back-to-back road games four separate times in 2018. And from Sept. 2 until Oct. 20, the Warhawks will play only one home game.
ULM has three relatively easy wins on its schedule but should lose all three road games against Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas State. That leaves six coin-flip games — four of which come on the road. Considering the difficulty of the schedule and the lack of confidence I have in the second-worst ranked defense from last season, I don’t see three additional wins. Take under 5.5 wins at -110 and expect plenty of shootout losses.
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Coastal Carolina will benefit from a bye week before it hosts ULM, which will be playing its fifth road game in a 35-day stretch. Coastal put up 43 points in last year’s meeting with its new triple-option package and should once again run wild against a potentially exhausted Warhawks defense. Oct. 13 looks like a perfect situational spot to back Coastal Carolina, especially if we get plus money.