If you are a fan of college football, but have never heard of the team from Louisiana-Monroe University, you are not alone. This small school with a “fighting tradition” plays games as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, but rarely makes appearances on national television.
It doesn’t matter to the squad known as the Warhawks by fans. This rugged bunch, led by sixth year Head Coach Todd Berry, often toils in obscurity, but occasionally pulls off amazing upsets. That is a fact.
In 2012, the Warhawks upset the 8th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in overtime. The score, which shocked football pundits at the time, was 34-31. That same year, the team from Louisiana earned an invitation to a bowl game for the first time in school history. The Warhawks played against a squad from the University of Ohio in the Independence Bowl and lost by a score of 45-14.
Few challenges seem too big for Louisiana-Monroe University. Five years before upsetting the University of Arkansas, the Warhawks shocked a powerhouse. This football team from a small school shocked the Crimson Tide of Alabama University, winning the contest by the improbable score of 21-14. Not surprisingly, the Warhawks played that game as twenty-five point underdogs.
This small school has proven it has the ability to “perform gridiron miracles.” So it should come as no surprise that it approaches each new season with confidence. That was certainly true when it traveled north to Georgia on September 5th to do battle with the 9th ranked Georgia Bulldogs. While confidence counts for something, talent and ability generally determine which team wins a football game. In this case, the seriously outmanned Warhawks were defeated by the home team by a score of 51-14.
It apparently left no psychological scars because in Week Two, on September 12th, Louisiana-Monroe University began its home season with a rout of visiting Nicholls State University. The score in this game favored the home team. It was 47-0.
Louisiana-Monroe University only has four more home games on this year’s schedule. The squad will host Georgia Southern University on October 3rd, Appalachian State University on October 17th, Arkansas State University on November 14th and New Mexico State University on December 5th.
These are games that can result in wins for the tough-minded Warhawks. Time will tell if this team can live up to its reputation.
Road wins may be more difficult to accomplish, especially in the game scheduled for September 26th. It will be played against “the Crimson Tide, a team the Warhawks once upended. Of Course, Alabama is currently ranked #2 in the nation.
Other road contests will pit Louisiana-Monroe University against the University of Tulsa on October 10th, Louisiana-Lafayette University on October 31st, Troy University on November 7th, Texas State University on November 19th and the University of Hawaii on November 28th.
Can this little school manufacture more major upsets in 2015? The answer to that question will be found on the gridiron.
Courtesy of Hailvarsity.com