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How and what to watch for Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia State

The Warhawks travel to Atlanta in search of their first win on the season.

Georgia State Panthers running back Destin Coates (17) tries to prevent being tackled by Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns safety Percy Butler (9) during the first half at Center parc Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are searching for their first win this season when they take on the Georgia State Panthers Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Atlanta.

The Warhawks (0-7) were projected to be better than this. However, they can turn things around on Saturday. Louisiana-Monroe defeated Georgia State 45-31 last season after losing the previous two meetings.

Last week the ULM Warhawks lost 31-13 to the Appalachian State Mountaineers. ULM struggled on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. App State senior quarterback Zac Thomas had 13 completions on 18 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception. He also led both teams in rushing with 109 yards. Along with Thomas, the Warhawks’ defense allowed senior running back Marcus Williams to reach the 100-yard mark. That is not good news heading into Saturday’s game as Georgia State is rushing for 205 yards per game this season.

As for the Warhawks’ offense, both senior running back Josh Johnson and tight end Josh Pederson struggled last week. Johnson only had two carries for 22 rushing yards before exiting the game with a hamstring injury. Pederson led ULM in receiving, but only had two receptions for 22 yards. Both players are integral to the Warhawks’ success. This season, ULM’s offense is only averaging 13.4 points per game this season.

The Panthers (2-3), they are looking to rebound from last week’s 51-0 shutout loss to Coastal Carolina. Nothing went right for Georgia State as Coastal Carolina’s defense held them to only 106 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the Panthers’ defense gave up 506 yards of total offense, which included a 254-yard, 4 TD performance from Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall.

On a positive note, Panthers junior running back Destin Coates could be in store for a big game this weekend. This season ULM’s run defense is giving up a horrendous 258.3 yards per game. Even though he got held to only 56 rushing yards last week, Coates has rushed for at least 100 yards in three of Georgia State’s last four games.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia State on Saturday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, or you can stream it via ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Lousiana-Monroe vs. Georgia State (-18.5)
Point Total: O/U 58
Money line: Louisiana Monroe (+575), Georgia State (-1000)

  • Louisiana-Monroe is 2-5 against the spread in its last seven games.
  • The point total went under in seven of Louisiana-Monroe’s last eight games.
  • Georgia State is 2-5 straight up in its last seven games.
  • The point total went over in five of Georgia State’s last six games.

Betting splits

ULM: (23% of handle, 28% percent of bets)
Georgia State: (77% of handle, 72% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

ULM is still winless and only averaging 13.4 points per game on offense. What makes it worse is they have to face a Georgia State team that can run the football at a good clip — averaging 182 yards per game at home. Give this one to the Panthers.

Pick: Georgia State -18.5

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