1. LOUISIANA TECH WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The Bulldogs were just okay offensively last year, and they still managed to win eight games – throwing the bowl in there – and came up with a few nice performances. But they also fed off a whole lot of cupcakes along the way.
Yeah, they beat North Texas, but the other six regular season wins came against teams that finished with losing records, and six of those came against teams that finished with three wins or fewer and Southern from the FCS.
But that’s life in Conference USA, and the Bulldogs should fatten up again.
They’re loaded at all of the offensive skill spots, and the line should be just good enough to not be a problem. The defense might take a step back on the line and in the linebacking corps – depth is an issue – but the secondary should be among the league’s best.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
The key is winning the games against the good teams in the conference. Starting out at Texas isn’t going to be easy, but the real concern will be taking care of home games against FIU, Southern Miss and North Texas. Win those three, and the Bulldogs are in the Conference USA title game – maybe.
They still have to deal with Marshall and UAB on the road – making the home games that much more important – and they can’t slip up against a Rice of a UTEP away from Ruston.
This is a stronger team that should show off more explosion and more from the offense. But there’s just enough missing to run through the conference slate without a few hiccups.