After victories over SMU and Sam Houston State, the third game of the season for the Baylor Bears was supposed to be the final tune-up before a brutal three-game stretch against No. 8 West Virginia, No. 17 TCU and No. 12 Texas. However, the ULM Warhawks look like much more than just a tune-up after consecutive overtime games against SEC opponents.
The Bears are still favored to win by more than a touchdown, and deservedly so considering the strength of their victories, but the Warhawks have proven themselves to be far from a cupcake. One week after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks in overtime, ULM took the Auburn Tigers to overtime, although they were unable to earn the victory.
While neither Arkansas nor Auburn are the powerhouses they once were, and both programs have certainly struggled in 2012, a Sun Belt Conference team simply shouldn't be able to compete with an SEC level of talent.
But they have and now when the Warhawks host their first game of the season, it will be in front of an energized crowd rooting for a team that has captured the attention of media outlets everywhere. A win on the road against ULM is no given and the matchup now has much more intrigue than anyone would've thought when the schedule was originally announced.
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