Louisiana Tech is hovering around a No. 23 average in the BCS computers. One simulated run of the BCS standings this week has the Bulldogs at No. 27.
A win over Texas A&M would help, but rising to No. 12 will take some breaks and some convincing. But wait: Louisiana Tech could also earn an automatic BCS bid were it to finish in the top 16 and ahead of a major conference champion.
Louisiana Tech might have been better off getting Texas A&M when the game was originally scheduled. The Aggies have found their groove after a home loss to Florida and freshman Johnny Manziel has emerged as a top young quarterback.
"I think the negative is we are not catching them early," Dykes said.
The positive is Louisiana Tech gets to bring 5-0 to the game.
The Bulldogs seem to be the kind of team you could wrap your arms around. They average 523 yards and 53 points per game. The defense stinks — rated next to last nationally — but so does West Virginia's.
Louisiana Tech's offensive coordinator, Tony Franklin, was fired at Auburn in 2008 for failing to make the spread offense work in the rugged Southeastern Conference.
Louisiana Tech also leads the zany meter as the only team we know that uses its starting center to call plays.
You read that right: Stephen Warner, a three-year starter, receives the play from the sideline and barks out the signals. It's a trick Franklin learned to combat crowd noise while coaching Arena Ball in basketball gyms.
Louisiana Tech, if nothing else, warrants a look up from your morning coffee and Android tablet.
Defeating Texas A&M would only begin the journey up Jacob's Ladder. It still might not be enough.
Just know the new system in two years skews heavily toward the power conferences.
So, for the so-called "little guys," Louisiana Tech might be gutty-little-glory's last chance.