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Louisiana Tech, the best team no one is watching

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Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes didn't want to brag about his team.

He didn't want to boast about the fact that his Bulldogs are the only team to score more than 50 points in every game this season. They rank third in scoring offense, 11th in total offense with more than 530 yards per game and just annihilated Illinois 52-24.

Dykes didn't want to talk about most of these things because no one else is.

Louisiana Tech is currently one of the most successful teams in the country, but no one's talking about the Bulldogs because they're a WAC team and because their games are late at night and not on television.

While the country is looking at teams such as Ohio as a potential BCS buster and ULM as a giant killer, Louisiana Tech is steadily dismantling its opponents in relative anonymity.

"I don't blame people for overlooking us," Dykes said. "I think you've got to do something to earn people's respect and I don't think we've done anything.

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"I think we just got to keep winning. I think that's the biggest thing. That's why I don't think they should even have polls until the middle of the season. You haven't even seen teams play. That's the craziest thing I've ever heard in my life. Like I said, I don't care. If we win, we'll get the respect. Whatever we deserve. If we win games, we'll get people's respect. If we don't, we don't deserve it."

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Louisiana Tech's early-season buzz was hampered by the cancellation of its season opener against Texas A&M due to Hurricane Isaac. While the Bulldogs are making up that game on Oct. 13, an early win against an SEC team would have gotten thems on a lot of radars.

And that's something that's never happened at Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs are currently receiving votes and have been all year, but they haven't cracked the Top 25 since being ranked 25th late in the 1999 season. Once they got ranked, they went to L.A. and were beaten by USC. In fact, the Bulldogs' season-opening win against Houston this year was the first time La. Tech had won a game while being mentioned in a poll. It was also the first time the Bulldogs had opened the season with a road win since 1995.

Louisiana Tech is in a unique position this year because it plays six nonconference games before playing its WAC schedule. Because of that, the Bulldogs could have three wins over BCS opponents by the middle of October. They play Virginia this weekend and the makeup date with the Aggies on Oct. 13.

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Win those games and Louisiana Tech isn't just being hailed as a ranked team, but perhaps a BCS buster.

"I think the way to prove that we have a decent team is to go out and play against some of the premier conferences and have a chance to hopefully go out and win some games," Dykes said. "And I think to get recognized, that's what you have to do. I think there's such a misconception about BCS and non-BCS and what a huge difference there is. I just don't think there's as big a difference as people think. I think that you have to go beat some of those BCS teams in order to get any kind of respect at all. You're not going to get much, but just get a glimmer of respect."

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