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Bulldogs moving up in the polls

October 8, 2012

Louisiana Tech football players running out the tunnel before the UNLV game. - Photo by Sumeet Shrestha

 

DEREK J. AMAYA
Associate Sports Editor

 

The undefeated Louisiana Tech Bulldogs accomplished something they have not achieved since 1999.

 

Head coach Sonny Dykes and his ’Dogs finally earned spots in the Top 25 polls after being ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Poll and 24th in the USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll.

 

“When your program’s fighting for respect, it’s probably a bigger deal being ranked than at Ohio State,” he said. “They’ve probably been ranked 175 of the last 185 polls.”

 

In 1999, Louisiana Tech was ranked 25th with an 8-2 record, but lost to the University of Southern California at The Los Angeles Coliseum the following week.

 

This is also the first time the Bulldogs have been ranked in the USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll.

 

“You start worrying about that kind of stuff, you start to lose focus,” Dykes said. “We have to remember why we came out to play.”

 

The Bulldogs are now 5-0 after beating the UNLV Rebels 58-31 Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.

 

Winning 12 games in a row, the Bulldogs currently hold the nation’s longest regular season winning streak.

After beating UNLV 58-31, Louisiana is ranked 23rd in the Associated Press Poll and 24th in USA Today's Coaches' Poll. - Photo by Sumeet Shrestha

 

Success comes with a lot of enemies, but senior defensive back Quinn Giles said the team still remains focused on the task at hand.

 

“We have a lot of confidence,” he said. “When we come back from a game or practice, guys are still acting like the season just started.”

 

Giles added being in the Top 25 is a distraction for the team and he thinks the team is still focused about each game.

 

“We’re not worrying about being ranked right now,” he said. “We’re just trying to win.”

 

The Bulldogs are also looking to upset a ranked opponent for the first time since beating the Fresno State Bulldogs 40-28 on the road in 2005.

 

Dykes feels the team is still focused on the task at hand and ready to play Texas A&M this weekend.

 

“That’s what winning does for you,” Dykes said. “It makes you think we can win.”

 

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