I know my football posts aren't the always widely received this time of year but I have been thinking about pigskin - more specifically, the WAC.
More specifically even, is the Louisiana Tech program. The Bulldogs are a team that could give some people some problems this year - heck, they did it last year in Derek Dooley's first season as head coach.
One of the most heartbreaking affairs came for the Aggies when they traveled to Ruston this year. It really hurt, NMSU was winning the entire way and held a 21-9 lead with just under six minutes remaining. Somehow, La Tech came back. NMSU dropped a pick in the endzone that fell into the hands of a Bulldog receiver for a TD that made the score 21-16. NMSU cornerback Chris Woods dropped a sure pick in that game to that would have given NMSU the ball deep in La Tech territory in the second half. Missed opportunity.
Back to the topic at hand though. The team should continue to improve under Dooley who is a no-nonsense coach. They had a much-improved defense last year, led by a strong secondary. While some of those pieces are gone, some return to the D. Linebacker Quin Harris and DBs Antonio Baker and Weldon Brown to name a few.
They run the ball well, play good defense. The booted three field goals and blocked a kick against NMSU last year. They're a disciplined group. And I expect them to continue to get better and be a sleeping giant in the WAC.