The Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech had a difficult season, going just 3-9 to finish in a tie for last place in the West Division with Southern Miss. The Bulldogs were a respectable 3-3 SU in Ruston, but a dismal 0-6 on the road, one of just two winless teams in Conference USA away from home.
The proud La. Tech football program turns the reins over to Sonny Cumbie as head coach, and he is likely to turn the tempo up quite a bit, similar to his time at Texas Tech.
The quarterback job is wide open. QB Parker McNeil transfers in from Texas Tech, and is a guy Cumbie knows well. QB Matthew Downing, who has had stops at Georgia and TCU, hopes the third time is a charm at La. Tech. Former NFLer Bubby Brister's son, QB Andrew Brister, also hopes to toss his hat in the ring. Whomever takes over as the primary starter has a solid array of wideouts in Smoke Harris (71-756-6), Tre Harris (40-562-4) and Griffin Hebert (27-289-2).
On defense, there is much work to be done. This team couldn't generate much of a pass rush, the linebackers are mostly new except for LB Trey Baldwin, and S BeeJay Williamson is one of the better players in the back end.
The schedule is rough, as not only do the Bulldogs have to face conference co-favorites UAB and UTSA, but trips to Clemson and Mizzou won't be walks in the park, either. And, unfortunately for La. Tech, a winnable game against Southern Miss isn't on the sked.
Lean to the UNDER here for Louisiana Tech, although this team is going to be on the rise under the energetic Cumbie. Before long this will be an offense which is tough to contain.
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Louisiana Tech won't have a moribund offense, that's for sure, but the defense needs a lot of work. The top two teams in Conference USA will face each other for the title in the 11-team league, and Louisiana Tech will be nowhere near that conversation. If it were to somehow scratch out a 6-6 record that would be a major accomplishment.
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