Could Louisiana Tech (2-0) have walked into C-USA a year early and blown everybody away, UCF included?
It's an interesting question after the Bulldogs laid waste to Houston (56-49) and Rice (56-37). Neither game was quite that close - the Bulldogs led 56-35 late against Houston, and took a 21-0 lead on Rice before trading scores the rest of the way.
Tech is third in the nation in scoring offense (56.0), fifth in total offense (603.0) and ninth in rushing (289). Quarterback Colby Cameron is 10th in total offense (332.5) and 19th in pass efficiency rating.
But Cameron is a senior and the Bulldogs have 11 others in the starting lineup. Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue said he wouldn't be surprised if the Bulldogs crack the Top 25 this fall, but sees some rebuilding in 2013.
"I don't know if it's going to be a seamless transition," McHargue said. "But I definitely think they'll come in and definitely compete for the conference title. I wouldn't say they're going to walk in and take it; there are still some really good teams in this conference, I feel like.
"But, no, that was a good team, and it's also a tough place to play."
Tech will get tested a little harder in the coming weeks, playing at Illinois and Virginia, home to Nevada-Las Vegas and against Texas A&M at Shreveport, La. The Bulldogs then play their last Western Athletic Conference schedule, only six games including fellow C-USA entrant Texas-San Antonio.
OK, the Miners did win their game, and Lamaison did pass for 300 yards and four touchdowns.
ECU's Overton won defensive honors, while Pirates punter Trent Tignor won special-teams honors. Tignor averaged 42.2 yards on his 10 punts, pinning Southern Miss twice inside the 3-yard line.
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