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RUSTON — No bowl berth drama for Louisiana Tech this season.
With its 42-21 win at UTEP last Saturday, Tech earned its seventh win on the year — its seventh straight victory — and guaranteed itself a bowl game at the end of the year. Locking up a spot during bowl season before the end of October is the earliest the Bulldogs have done so since 2012.
Louisiana Tech is one of 11 teams in the country to have won its last seven contests and received 22 votes and six votes in the USA Today Coaches and AP Top 25 Poll, respectively, this week.
Conference USA has six primary tie-ins this season, the New Orleans Bowl (vs. Sun Belt Conference), Gasparilla Bowl (vs. American Athletic Conference), Bahamas Bowl (vs. Mid-American Conference), New Mexico Bowl (vs. Mountain West Conference) and First Responders Bowl (vs. Big 12 Conference) and either the Hawai’i Bowl (vs. Mountain West or BYU) or Frisco Bowl (vs. AAC). The league has two secondary agreements with the Independence Bowl (vs. Atlantic Coast Conference or Southeastern Conference) and the Boca Raton Bowl (vs. ACC or MAC).
It’s likely C-USA receives a primary selection for the Frisco Bowl as Louisiana Tech represented the league last season in the Hawai’i Bowl, but the bowl committee could invite a Power 5 school if there’s one available. For the Independence Bowl to be an option, the ACC or SEC would have to fall short of its primary tie-ins.
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The New Orleans Bowl continues to be the most popular prediction of where the Bulldogs will go bowling at the end of the season. With that game matching up C-USA with the Sun Belt, Appalachian State is the team experts see Tech playing, while Troy is another projected opponent. Four other potential destinations are also predicted for Louisiana Tech.
What do the national bowl projections say where Tech will play after getting its seventh win?
Let’s take a look:
Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports – New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State
Kyle Bonagura, ESPN – Frisco Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Memphis
Mark Schlabach, ESPN – New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports – New Mexico Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. San Diego State
Jason Kirk, Banner Society – New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State
Kerry Miller, Bleacher Report – First Responders Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Liberty*
College Football News – New Orleans Bowl; Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State
Bill Bender, Sporting News – New Mexico Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. San Diego State
Brad Crawford, 247sports – New Mexico Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. San Diego State
Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated – Frisco Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. TCU
USA Today – New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Troy
Brett McMurphy, Stadium – Gasparilla Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Tulane
*Bleacher Report’s projection before Week 9 games were played.