Louisiana Tech Could Suprise WAC, and Maybe Boise State

Adam FisherContributor IIJune 12, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 14:  Tyrone Duplessis #22 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs is brought down by Perry Riley #56 of the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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With Boise State moving to the Mountain West Conference next year, this will be the last year everyone in the Western Athletic Conference could upset Boise State or win the WAC title.

I still firmly think Boise State has it in the bag to win another WAC title, but I have this weird feeling there's that team looming out there ready to pull off the gigantic upset—and no, it's not Nevada, it's not Fresno, it's not Idaho.

The team I'm thinking of is Louisiana Tech.

Louisiana Tech, you can remember, almost upset Boise in Ruston before Kellen Moore and Boise State pulled away late to hold onto the victory. Then everyone thought since Dooley left, Tech was done, but then they hired Sonny Dykes, who had been the offensive coordinator at Arizona.

Dykes's dream is to bring a Mike Leach-style of offense to Tech and they have the players to run it. They have one of the most underrated receivers in the nation just because of his height in Phillip Livas, as well as Richie Casey, LSU transfer Tim Molton, and Tennessee transfers Ahmad Paige and R.P. Stuart.

Louisiana Tech does have to go at BSU, but I have a feeling this will be a very close game. If Tech's D stands its own against Boise State's high-octane offense, they could do the unthinkable and beat Boise on the Smurf Turf.