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Taming the Wild West

October 16, 2014

 

JARED KING
Sports Editor

KING

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Few would have believed me if I would have told them Louisiana Tech football had a legitimate opportunity at  winning the western division of Conference USA at the beginning of the season.

 

Yet here we are at the halfway mark of the 2014 season, and Tech has a chance to do just that.

 

The Bulldogs are the only team in the western division with an unblemished conference schedule.

 

Tech has defeated two western division teams in the University of North Texas Mean Green and the University of Texas at El Paso Miners.

 

The Owls of Rice University – last season’s conference champions – sit behind Tech at 1-1 in conference play alongside UTEP – whom the Bulldogs have already defeated – and the University of Texas at San Antonio – whom the Bulldogs host Saturday.

 

UNT and the University of Southern Mississippi are both 0-2 in conference play this season.

 

UTSA is – arguably – Tech’s most difficult opponent remaining on the schedule but the Bulldogs get them inside Joe Aillet Stadium.

 

The ’Dogs also get Rice at home when they host the Owls in their last regular season game.

 

Tech has six games remaining on its schedule – three home and three away. Tech will host eastern division opponent Western Kentucky University for homecoming on Nov. 1.

 

The Hilltoppers are 0-2 in conference play in their first season in C-USA.

 

Tech will travel to two other eastern division opponents when they take on the Monarchs of Old

 

Dominion University (1-3) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Dragons (2-1).

 

Tech’s draw of eastern division opponents was fortunate.

 

The Bulldogs were able to avoid Marshall University and Middle Tennessee State University, who are a combined 5-1 in conference play and 10-3 on the season.

 

The Thunderin’ Herd found their way into the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week at No. 25.

 

Ultimately, Tech controls its own destiny in the western division of C-USA.

 

The Bulldogs only need to win three more games to be bowl eligible and have six games left on the schedule.

 

If Tech were to go undefeated in conference play it would almost undoubtedly land them a spot in the C-USA championship game.

 

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