2017 Football Preview – C-USA – Bulldogs
Looking for 2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs predictions? The Bulldogs had a very successful 2016 campaign winning the Conference USA West division for the second time in three years. They have used an impressive offense to reach their goals under Skip Holtz, the son of legendary coach Lou Holtz. This year the team has their goals set again. They feel like they have a team that can not only win the West division again, but also the Conference USA championship game.
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So can Skip Holtz and the boys deliver a Conference USA championship? Or will they come up just short again this year?
2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Predictions: Team Strengths
Strong Running back: The strength of this team might end up being at quarterback, but early on, and the proven strength already is at the running back position.
Jarred Craft and Boston Scott are both back for their seniors year, and they are both guys who can go to the house at anytime.
Last year Craft ran for 1074 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 5.6 yards per carry. Scott was a good change of pace back rushing for over 500 yards and six touchdowns.
His per carry average was over 7 yards per carry, and he has some crazy breakaway speed.
These two should really help open up the passing game, and give the young quarterback some confidence. Defenses are really going to have to focus on those two, and that will make the passing game easier.
Strong Kicking Game: One of the other big strengths of this team is the strong kicking game they have.
Jonathan Barnes is a two time Lou Groza Award semifinalist, and is back for another year to handle all the place kicking duties for the Bulldogs.
Last year Barnes was 22-27 on field goals and 77-78 on extra points. With as many touchdowns as the Bulldogs score, the fact that he is that automatic on extra points is a huge plus.
2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Defensive Struggles: A lot of teams that are really good on offense, also have defenses that really struggle, and that is the case the Bulldogs.
Last year Louisiana Tech was 97th in scoring defense, and the defense might actually take a step back this year.
They lost six starters from the defense last year, and the only thing they have done with this years team is got younger, which isn’t a good thing.
They have some big question marks at the corner back position and I think that might come back and really haunt them this year.
Favorable Schedule: The one thing that the LA Tech Bulldogs have going for them this year is the schedule has set them up really nicely to win their side of the division, if they can hold up their end of the bargain.
They do have to play Western Kentucky on the road and that is going to be a real challenge, but outside of that game they have a pretty easy schedule in conference.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Prediction: 9-3
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are going to be battle tested by the time they get to conference play.
In non conference play they have to play Mississippi State and South Carolina. Now both of those teams they can beat if the defense steps up, but if anything SEC football will set them up really well for playing in conference play.
I think conference play will be a breeze for this team. I think they will have problems against Western Kentucky, but besides that I think they can run the table, and they will come out ahead in their division once again this year.
2017 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 7:00 PM ET NWST
- 9/9/17 7:30 PM ET MSST
- 9/16/17 7:00 PM ET @WKU
- 9/23/17 TBD @SOCAR
- 9/30/17 TBD USA
- 10/7/17 TBD @UAB
- 10/21/17 7:00 PM ET SOMIS
- 10/28/17 3:30 PM ET @RICE
- 11/4/17 TBD UNT
- 11/11/17 TBD FAU
- 11/18/17 TBD @UTEP
- 11/25/17 TBD UTSA
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