RUSTON - Louisiana Tech has afforded itself the opportunity to collect a program-record sixth straight bowl game victory.

The only question now, as we enter Championship Weekend, is where the Bulldogs will have that chance?

Tech ripped off eight straight wins after dropping its season opener at then No. 10 Texas to secure a bowl berth but went 1-2 down the stretch to fall out of the Conference USA title game picture with losses at Marshall and UAB, who clinched the West division championship last Saturday with its 26-21 win at North Texas.The Blazers will face Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Florida, to try to capture back-to-back conference titles.

In its regular season finale at Joe Aillet Stadium this past Saturday, Louisiana Tech defeated UTSA, 41-27, to finish second in its division.

Conference USA has six primary tie-ins this season, the New Orleans Bowl (vs. Sun Belt Conference), Gasparilla Bowl (vs. American Athletic Conference), Bahamas Bowl (vs. Mid-American Conference), New Mexico Bowl (vs. Mountain West Conference) and First Responders Bowl (vs. Big 12 Conference) and either the Hawai'i Bowl (vs. Mountain West or BYU) or Frisco Bowl (vs. AAC). The league has two secondary agreements with the Independence Bowl (vs. Atlantic Coast Conference or Southeastern Conference) and the Boca Raton Bowl (vs. ACC or MAC).

Many national pundits have come around to idea of the Bulldogs landing in nearby Shreveport at the Independence Bowl. This could shake down as the SEC, one of the I-Bowl's primary tie-ins, will not have enough teams to Shreveport.

Louisiana Tech (9-3), with nine wins, will be near the top for C-USA in terms of finding it a logical bowl game destination. With the regular season in the bag, here's where the bowl projections for the Bulldogs stand before conference championship games:

Jason Kirk, Banner Society - New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

Kerry Miller, Bleacher Report - New Mexico Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Utah State

College Football News - New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Bill Bender, Sporting News - New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

Brad Crawford, 247sports - New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated - First Responders Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Texas Tech*

USA Today - New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Brett McMurphy, Stadium - New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

Sport Illustrated's projection before regular season finale games were played.

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