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College Football Preview: Wake Forest vs Louisiana-Monroe

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louisiana monroeMONROE, La. – The Wake Forest Demon Deacons of the Atlantic Coast Conference are coming off a 4-8 2013 campaign and will start of 2014 on the road against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks out of the Sun Belt Conference. Wake Forest closed out 2013 on a five-game skid that ended with two close losses to the Duke Blue Devils and the Vanderbilt Commodores. ULM finished 6-6 with a win against in-state rival the Louisiana Cajuns that forced the Cajuns into a tie for the Sun Belt crown.

The Demon Deacons look to improve on an offense that scored 18 points a game last season and will have experience at the skill positions returning as starting quarterback Tanner Price and tail back Josh Harris lead the offense. The defense should be anchored by experienced leadership with all but one starter having played together almost every game last season.

The Warhawks will see the offense flow through new hands this season as Kolton Browning graduated and newcomer Pete Thomas will lead the offense. Wide-out Rashon Caesar led the team in receiving last season and looks to remain a premier target for the new QB. The defense brings back a lot of experience with a 3-3-5 scheme but will need to improve on its 30 points allowed per game average if ULM is going to compete.

Keys for Wake Forest Win

Wake Forest needs cornerback Kevin Johnson to lock down Caesar and take away that side of the field from the passing attack. The experienced defensive front seven led by nose guard Nikita Whitlock and middle linebacker Brandon Chubb need to control the point of attack and limit the run-game.

Keys For ULM Win

The Warhawks need to win the battle in the trenches. The exotic nature of their defensive scheme could pose problems for the inexperienced Wake Forest offensive line. Nose tackle Gerrand Johnson, who had 56 tackles (11 for loss) in 2013 will be key to that effort. The offense will need to establish balance to give Thomas the time he needs to read the defense and adapt to the offense.

Key Injuries :

None

Favorite:

Latest Line, ULM -2

Conclusion:

This game has the makings of a slug-fest with the team that controls the trenches best probably walking away with the win.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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