If you look in the dictionary next to the word consistency, you will probably find a picture of Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz. Ever since Holtz took over in Ruston, the Bulldogs have made a bowl game in every season and have won nine games or more four times.
It’s honestly very surprising that Holtz has not been hired away to another job, but he keeps plugging away and winning games — 2020 was a reminder that any program can slip at any time and the floor can be low.
Going 5-5 in a pandemic-affected season is nothing to sneeze at, but it is not what Bulldog fans have come to expect. This is the first time since Holtz was hired that there is a little uncertainty heading into the season and any time you have a team like this, it can make them tough to forecast.
Will they continue their struggles from last season or will they rebound and get back to their winning ways?
The big question surrounding the team is going to be the health of quarterback Luke Anthony, the 2020 C-USA Newcomer of the Year. Anthony suffered a gruesome leg injury late in the season and he did not go through spring practice. Holtz remains confident that Anthony is going to be ready for the start of the 2021 season and that will be a big boost to a team that could use it.
There are 17 starters back from a team that was not very good and there is plenty of room to improve. The question is, will they?