2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Louisiana Tech Offense
The passing game has to be more efficient and a whole lot sharper. The offense was able to move the chains, and it was good at controlling games and own the clock at times, but there needs to be more happening down the field. J’Mar Smith is a good quarterback with the upside to be an all-star, but he only hit 57% of his passes and averaged under seven yards per attempt with ten picks.
Biggest Key To The Louisiana Tech Defense
Stop the run, and keep stopping the run. There weren’t a whole slew of high-powered passing games on the slate last year, and there aren’t too many big-bombing teams on this year’s schedule. The secondary is going to be one of the team’s biggest positives, and now the front six has to do its part game after game. Last season, the Bulldogs allowed 190 or more rushing yards five times going 1-5 in those games and 3-12 over the last three years.
Key Player To A Successful Season
DE Willie Baker, Jr.
The 6-3, 251-pounder came up with a terrific season – making 33 tackles with seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss – but he had Jaylon Ferguson on the other side to help the cause. To be fair, Ferguson had Baker on the other side helping his call, too.
Baker was decent throughout the season, but he picked it up late in the year before finishing with four sacks against Hawaii in the bowl win. Now he’s the main man for the pass rush, and he has to be consistently dangerous.
Key Game To The Louisiana Tech Season
North Texas, Nov. 9
UAB might currently rule the Conference USA roost, and the road game in late November will be a big deal, but first, the Bulldogs have to take out North Texas. The Bulldogs have won four of the last five games in the series including last year’s league opener, but the Mean Green should be even stronger this season.
Louisiana Tech has a week off before diving into the November finishing kick, but lose, and with road games at Marshall and UAB to follow, there will be an issue.
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2018 Louisiana Tech Fun Stats
– Sacks: Louisiana Tech 45 for 276 yards – Opponents 33 for 191 yards
– Field Goals: Louisiana Tech 15-of-22 – Opponents 9-of-14
– Penalties: Opponents 73 for 740 yards – Louisiana Tech 60 or 586 yards