Here's the deal for your viewing of Saturday's FIU/ULM game. The game is blacked out on ESPN GamePlan, but the game will be televised by the Sun Belt Network on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).
If you have CSS on your home cable, then you can stay home and watch it there if you'd like. If you want to mingle with other FIU fans, then you have 2 options: The Sports Grill on Bird Road (11481 SW 40 St.-- photo, left), which is the home official home of FIU Watch Parties......OR
You can also see the game at Finnegan's River (photo, right) in downtown Miami (401 SW 3rd Ave.). Been to both places and they are great for watching games, plus good food and booze. The Sports Grill purchased the FIU/ULM game from CSS and will show it on their DirecTV. Finnegan's has CSS so they had the game all along.
It's the start of Sun Belt Conference play on Saturday in Monroe and with it thought we'd get the opposing team's beat writer on here to tell you what to expect from a much improved Warhawks team.
1) What is the biggest difference from last year's ULM team to this year's?
Experience. ULM is returning 10 on defense and 8 on offense, and it shows. The close games, so far, are being won, instead of folding as the Warhawks have done is recent years past.
2) What are ULM's strengths and weaknesses?
Strength is the defense. The 10 returners include three preseason all conference players. Aaron Morgan leads the conference in sacks and puts pressure on opposing offenses early and often. The linebacker corps is also solid in every game thus far this season, as well as Hawk James Truxillo, who had his best game against Florida Atlantic this past weekend with nine tackles.
The offensive line was the biggest concern at the start of the season, but it has matured very quickly, allowing just three sacks this season. If it gives quarterback Trey Revell enough time, they make him look much better than a first year starter.
3) How much better is Trey Revell than Kinsmon Lancaster and what must FIU do to stop Revell?
Going into this season, fans thought Revell (right) would not be as good of a runner as Kinsmon but that his arm would be much improved. He has lived up to the expectations in his passing game, but many forget he was an option quarterback in high school. He showed off his legs against FAU and looked very comfortable running the football when he needed to scurry out of some trouble.
To stop Revell, FIU must put pressure on him. He tends to hold the ball too long, which gets him in trouble.
4) Who are some of the other ULM offensive and defensive players for FIU fans to watch for Saturday?
Offensively, receiver LaGregory Sapp, who missed last year for academic reasons, is the best kept secret. Though senior receivers Darrell McNeal and J.J. McCoy are best known for ULM, Sapp is the guy you want to go to with the long ball.
Running back Frank Goodin is on pace to improve his numbers from last season, but the speedster is sophomore Luther Ambrose (left), who is the fastest player for ULM. He helps out with the passing and running game and usually when you least expect it.
Defensively, linebacker Cardia Jackson leads the team in tackles with 26 and is the most likely to get drafted at the end of the season. Safety Greg James shares the lead for active NCAA players for interceptions in a career with 13. He needs one more to tie the all-time Sun Belt record.
5) Your game prediction and a score?
I'll give you my game preview and prediction on Friday from Jackson, Mississippi as it will be planes, trains and automobiles for the GPP (will explain in Friday's post) as we find the way to Monroe, Louisiana for Saturday's game.