Tech was more efficient than dynamic. They were 19th and 27th in yards per pass and per rush, respectively, but 7th and 5th in EPA per play. This means they got more production out of every yard than almost every other team in the country. Cameron completed 69% of his passes and was sacked less than 2% of the time, but he also averaged only 11.5 yards per completion and completed a pass for more than 25 yards on 7.3% of attempts. A general lack of explosiveness might also explain why Louisiana Tech was only average on 3rd down. Cameron completed just 57% of passes on 3rd and long and Tech was 41st in 3rd down conversions.
The defense was consistently well below average in almost every area. They scored 141 total points in the three games they lost.
Outside of Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech was stripped clean after 2012. Cameron and Patton will get paid to play and Sonny Dykes is off to coach Cal (where he hopes to have more success at the FBS level than his Tech predecessor Derek Dooley). Kenneth is really good - 1st among running backs in EPA, 3rd after adjusting for schedule and 11th in EPA per rush - but he'll be less effective in 2013 under Skip Holtz. In 2012 Tech gave Texas A&M a run for their money. After key personnel losses, regression in turnovers, and a coaching hire that won't hit the ground running, Louisiana Tech might not need to decline bowl bids in 2013.