The season will have a rough start for the Bulldogs and since they lost a ton of talent, look to fade Louisiana Tech early and often and stay on the smart betting lane.
Louisiana Tech is one of the most prominent programs in Conference USA. Although, the 2016 version will have a ton more unanswered questions heading into the opening week than in recent years. Skip Holts heads into his fourth year as the head coach in Ruston, Louisiana and he has the task of replacing almost half of his offensive starters from last year's squad and all but three from the defensive side. If the Bulldogs are going to perform anywhere near the level of the last two years, the multiple first-year starters are going toned to surprise.
The fourth round draft choice Kenneth Dixon's departure represents the loss of the most productive running back in Louisiana Tech history. He finished his career with 4,480 yards and 72 touchdowns rushing, along with 972 yards and 15 touchdowns receiving. His 87 TDs scored rank second all-time in the NCAA. It is an understatement to say he will be tough to replace.
Louisiana Tech also had their quarterback Jeff Driskel drafted, as well as 1st rounder defensive tackle Vernon Butler. The talent level on last year's LT team was pretty impressive, enough to take Kansas St to 3 overtimes and also hang in with Mississippi St for most of the game.
Ultimately, the Bulldogs disappointed losing to Southern Miss and missing the chance to go to the Conference USA Championship game. "We've lost some great players, some players that have made an incredible contribution to this team," Holtz said as players reported for fall practice. "We will be one of the least-experienced teams in the country."
The schedule will not make it any easier on the inexperienced team in Ruston and it will affect the college football betting odds. Louisiana Tech plays at Arkansas, at Texas Tech, and starts conference play in Murfreesboro Tennessee to round out three of their first four games. They also pull Western Kentucky from the East Division as well.
This is an inexperienced team having to replace their best offensive weapon, starting quarterback, 1st round draft choice defensive linemen, and all three starting linebackers. I recommend betting Louisiana Tech as your college football picks under 7.5 wins.