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The Leach, Air Raid Trajectory in Year 3

MIKE LEACH’S coaching tree is extensive enough that we can garner a lot about the performance tendencies of his Air Raid system by examining other programs which have implemented them. And in particular, there are compelling trend lines between WSU and another school in particular headed into Year 3.

While his results at Cal remain to be seen, Sonny Dykes' head coaching career began when he inherited a 4-8 program at Louisiana Tech in 2010 (much as Mike Leach did at WSU in 2012). Dyke’s first year yielded a modest 5-7 record, in which the offense actually scored fewer points than the year before (321 vs 350). Year Two saw substantial improvement, with the Bulldogs going 8-5, making a bowl, and...