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La. Tech coach says team 'better prepared' for Hawaii

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 11:08 a.m. HST, Sep 26, 2011

Despite three close losses, playing Mississippi State, Houston and Southern Mississippi has Louisiana Tech has better prepared for the University of Hawaii Saturday, Bulldogs' coach Sonny Dykes said today.

Louisiana Tech is 1-3 entering the Western Athletic Conference opener for both schools with a six point loss to Mississippi State, a one point setback against Houston and a two-point loss to Southern Miss.

"When you play the level of competition that we have played against, I think it prepares you, I really do," Dykes said at his weekly press conference in Ruston, La.

"First of all, it shows you what you are capable of, and second of all, I think it shows you how important it is to prepare and how important it is to go out there and play well. I think it really does prepare you for conference. If we were sitting here at 4-0 right now, I would feel real good about it, I would love it, but if we had four teams that were not as good as we are we wouldn't be as prepared for Hawai'i as we are going to be. I think that gives us an advantage."

Dykes said, "The thing is, everybody in the WAC plays good nonconference teams. That is the thing you look down the schedule and everybody as played good competition. We are not the only ones that have had trouble closing it out. I know Utah State's lost a heartbreaker to Auburn and lost a heartbreaker last week to Colorado State. So, we are not the only team that has lost some close games but we have to improve and make sure that we win those in the future."

The Bulldogs' lone victory came against Central Arkansas.

UH is 2-2.

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u808man wrote:
Aloha Warrior Nation! There's no question that LaTech had a more physically prepared weekend. OK, what do I mean by that? LaTech has suffered some (recent) close loses to Houston and Miss St. (solid football programs) However, in doing so, LaTech's toughness thickens and they're very hunger and ready to pound on us (UH). Just as UH pounded UC Davis. The difference is...I noticed that teams that play "tougher" teams the week prior usually maintains that toughness. As the team that rolled over a FCS team traditionally has a tougher time preparing. Now, thats not written in stone but, I see that happening alot in football. Our Warriors need to "ARRIVE ALIVE" and "Start Fast and Finish Strong!" Let's Go to WAR-riors!
on September 26,2011 | 01:44PM
cbie808 wrote:
Sonny Dykes is a humble man. The reality should read "La. Tech coach says team 'better prepared' than Hawaii."
on September 27,2011 | 07:03AM
nj24 wrote:
I went to the UNLV game and I still cannot figure out, how we lost the game. The turnovers really killed us but the next week a "AA" Southern Utah killed UNLV at UNLV. The idea the UH doesn't play well away really make any point spread useless. LaTech is not a bad team and Hawaii need to bring their "A" game or it will be a long night. Hawaii need to play like they are he underdog every game. Go Warriors!!!!
on September 27,2011 | 07:52AM
Tekken005 wrote:
LaTech is a toughter and more physical than Hawaii. Inside Aloha Stadium the Warriors play like men, but outside Aloha Stadium they play like boys.
on September 27,2011 | 08:26AM
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