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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 2017 Preview

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to capture the elusive CUSA championship in 2017. 

Overview: Skip Holtz has a few areas to address on both sides of the football but his Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have enough playmakers to compete for the CUSA title although that has been the case the past few years as well. Can the Bulldogs take the next step?

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

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Offense: The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have enjoyed stellar play under center for the past few years and the team is looking to J’Mar Smith to continue that string of success. The Bulldogs ground attack should garner attention from opposing defenses with Jarred Craft and Boston Scott with the latter averaging over seven yards per touch the past two seasons. The La Tech passing game will feature heavy doses of Adrian Hardy (Oklahoma) and Teddy Veal (Tulane) but the receiving corps has enough highly ranked athletes that will give Smith options. Louisiana Tech gets back two starters on the offensive line including All CUSA guard O’Shea Douglas but this unit is a concern on paper.

Defense: The 2016 La Tech defense had to replace the majority of their top contributors and even though their run ‘D’ was respectable, opponents found the air game more then inviting. Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson is the star of the line after recording 14.5 sacks a season ago while the rest of the line has enough experience and ability to be competitive up front for the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech is wait and see at the linebacker position but the secondary has some pieces coming back. Safety’s Secdrick Cooper and DaMarion King along with cornerback Ephraim Kitchen give Louisiana Tech experience and production which hopefully will translate into a viable pass defense.

Special Teams: Davan Dyer will handle the punting duties and Jonathan Barnes is back at placekicker after going 9-12 on sub 40 yard field goals but the Bulldogs return game will have a new look.

Outlook: Louisiana Tech has enough new faces to cause concern but the team has overcome similar situations in recent years and the assumption is that will be the case once again. If so, the Bulldogs have enough to challenge for the CUSA crown.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. Northwestern State

9-9 vs. Mississippi State

9-16 @ Western Kentucky

9-23 @ South Carolina

9-30 vs. South Alabama

10-7 @ UAB

10-21 vs. Southern Miss

10-28 @ Rice

11-4 vs. North Texas

11-11 vs. Florida Atlantic

11-18 @ UTEP

11-25 vs. UTSA

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