’Dogs ranked No. 45
When the 2011 season began, Louisiana Tech University had a preseason ranking in the low 80s for the CollegeFootballNews.com national poll.
And for a while, at the start of the campaign, it appeared as if the Bulldogs might do well to even rate that high.
Tech lost four of its first five games, but then recovered to take seven consecutive wins, capture a Western Athletic Conference title and play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.