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UL Monroe vs Texas State College Football Pick

Fans who like plenty of offense will want to keep an eye on the UL Monroe-Texas State Thursday Night Football game, as the two teams have been among college football's worst defensive teams this season.


ESPNU will have a national broadcast of the UL Monroe-Texas State game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Louisiana-Monroe is allowing 39.6 points per game, while the Bobcats have been even worse, allowing 41.6 points a game.


Unfortunately for UL Monroe and Texas State, their offenses haven't been able to make up for their porous defenses, as the two teams have three combined wins in 2015, only one of which has come against an FBS-level team.


TSU will carry a three game losing streak into the UL Monroe-Texas State contest, losing all three contests by double digits. The Bobcats have lost six times by double digits in total this season en route to a 2-7 record. Its only win against an FBS-level team came against fellow Sun Belt Conference foe South Alabama, 36-18, in late October. That performance marked the fewest number of points allowed by the Texas State defense this season, which has allowed eight of 10 opponents to reach at least 500 yards of total offense.


As bad as things have been for Texas State, Louisiana-Monroe has had it even rougher. The Warhawks will carry an eight-game losing streak into the UL Monroe-Texas State TNF game … and they'll bring a new head coach too. Louisiana-Monroe fired Coach Todd Berry after last Saturday's 59-21 home loss against Arkansas State, which was the fifth time this season the Warhawks have allowed at least 50 points in a game. Only once in a 1-9 season has ULM manage to stay within single digits of an FBS opponent, with its closest loss coming at Louisiana-Lafayette in late October, 30-24.


Berry posted a 28-43 record during his nearly six full seasons at Louisiana-Monroe, taking the Warhawks to one bowl game in 2012. But ULM lost 19 of its 25 final games under Berry. Heading into the UL Monroe-Texas State game, the Warhawks interim head coach will be defensive line coach John Mumford, who was a head coach at Southeast Missouri State for 10 years, where he posted a 40-70 record.


Since both UL Monroe and Texas State have joined the Sun Belt Conference, the two teams have split their contests. Louisiana-Monroe lost at home last season, 22-18, while the Bobcats lost at home in 2013 to ULM, 21-14.