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Week 2 Notes
By Brad Diamond
Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky
Tech finished 2014 with a 9-5 SU (4-8), but more importantly a profitable cash machine for all their loyal followers gong 11-2 ATS, 8-1 ATS on the “road.” In addition they went to a bowl game (first time since 2011) and won SU and ATS (35-18) vs. Illinois. They bring back 13 starters and Senior QB Jeff Driskel a transfer from Florida. They do lose Cody Sokol (3,438) and his 30 touchdowns (QBR: 138.3). So, the Bulldogs offense garnered almost 38 points-per-game, the “D” held the opposition to 24.7 points per. With only 5 starters back the stop unit needs some help since they play into a more complex schedule. Meaning, because of their recent successes, the Bulldogs face numerous revenge games, including ULL, North Texas, UTEP, UTSA, Rice and Southern Mississippi. Western Kentucky (8-5) beat Vandy last week 17-15 as a two-point conversion by the Commies failed with 33 seconds left. The “TOP” returns 16 starters with QB Doughty (6th year) running the show augmented by an outstanding running attack. The defense, though, gave back almost 40 points a game. Overall WKU has 53 letters hitting the field! Last season Tech beat the “TOP” 59-10, so no doubt this is a MAJOR REVENGE encounter for the home standing unit. By the way, WKU was 5-1 ATS at home last season. Also, WKU shows 24-5 ATS off a win. The Las Vegas Line opened -3 Western Kentucky, but overnight it moved to -1½ at the Westgate. Our power ratings have Tech -1½.