A few days from the start of the 2022 regular season, Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian are readying up for their first opponent of the fall in the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks out of the Sun Belt. Sark and Texas will face ULM in the regular season opener at home under the lights at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 3, with kickoff time set for 7 p.m. CT.
This will be the first time that Sark and the Longhorns take to the field at DKR for live-game action since the 2021 regular season finale on Black Friday, which resulted in a win over the Kansas State Wildcats.
Texas finished up last season with a disappointing record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12) in Sark’s first year at the helm as head coach. After falling short shy of postseason eligibility for the first time since the 2016 season, Sark and the Longhorns will be looking to make some significant strides this fall in terms of success in the win column.
Why Bijan Robinson and Texas football will obliterate UL-Monroe this weekend
Meanwhile, ULM finished up last season with a record of 4-8 (2-6 Sun Belt). That was an improvement for head coach Terry Bowden and the Warhawks after going winless during the 2020 campaign. But this ULM team still has a long way to go this fall to reach a competitive level even in the Sun Belt.
Given that the ESPN Football Power Index gives the Longhorns nearly a 99 percent chance to beat ULM this weekend, this shouldn’t be a very difficult matchup for Sark’s squad. With that in mind, here’s a look at three reasons why the Longhorns will crush the Warhawks in Week 1.