Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Key To The 2022 Offense

Don’t turn the ball over.

It’s not like just any quarterback and group of receivers can show up and run Sonny Cumbie’s high-powered passing attack. It requires amazing timing, precision, and it’s not going to kick in right away – and that’s okay.

There should be enough of a running game to get by at times, and there will be moments when the machine works like it’s supposed to. However, there can’t be the mistakes like there were last year.

The Bulldogs turned it over 23 times – melting down with eight giveaways in winnable games against Southern Miss and Rice to close things out. They went 0-6 when they turned it over multiple times.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Key To The 2022 Defense

Be much, much better in the red zone.

There were a whole lot of issues against a whole lot of mediocre offenses last year. The big issue was the painful inability to hold up at the end of long drives.

Louisiana Tech was among the worst teams in the country – and last in Conference USA – in red zone defense, allowing teams to score more than 90% of the time after getting inside the 20. That was a problem in 2020, too, after allowing teams to score just 65% of the time in the red zone in 2019.

Worst of all, it allowed touchdowns on 71% of those trips – only 12 teams allowed more.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Key Player To The 2022 Season

QB Matthew Downing, Jr.
Or Parker McNeil, or Andrew Brister, or Landry Lyddy. The quarterback play was okay over the last few years, but wasn’t anything special. At least it wasn’t at the level it needs to be going forward.

Downing (TCU) and McNeil (Texas Tech) are the two most likely options to run the high-powered passing attack, and there could quickly be a switch if one of them isn’t rocking. Don’t completely discount the potential of another transfer coming late in the process.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Key Transfer

WR Devonta Lee, Jr.
The key transfer is actually whatever quarterback takes over the job – assuming it’s one of the two transfers – but that’s a given. If Devonta Lee grows into a star, the Bulldogs might have the best receiving corps in Conference USA.

The 6-2, 215-pound former LSU Tiger was a star recruit, but he didn’t do a whole lot with 11 catches in his three seasons. He’s coming in to be a factor right away.

Louisiana Tech Key Game To The 2022 Season

at UTSA, Nov. 12
It’s going to be a rough start to the season with three road games in the first four – more on that in the next section – but then things start to ease up. The Conference USA schedule just isn’t that bad with Marshall gone to the Sun Belt and with most of the top teams from the East not on the slate.

Even with all of the changes and all the concerns, Louisiana Tech might just be the favorite in five straight games before taking the trip to UTSA to face the defending conference champs. With at Charlotte and UAB to close, it’s going to be a rough finishing kick.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: 2021 Fun Stats

– Fumbles: Opponents 19 (lost 13) – Louisiana Tech 14 (lost 7)
– Penalty yards per game: Opponents 72.92 – Louisiana Tech 52.08
– Time of Possession: Opponents 31:17 – Louisiana Tech 28:31

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