The Tigers should not have trouble winning the game if they are mentally into it, but we do expect Troy to put up a few points during the game. Watch for the young guys to get in and get some valuable experience early. If we go up big fast, it may be all freshmen out there on the field.
Which means that they throw all the time, on passing downs and short-yardage running downs, and they go fast with it.
Ah, life with a redshirt freshman behind center. Corey Robinson was nearly perfect in a near-upset of Oklahoma State (28-for-38, 272 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 159.9 QB rating), and he was dreadful against Louisiana-Monroe (16-for-38, 167 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 77.2 QB rating) He was hit-or-miss against Arkansas State (18-for-38, 316 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 129.3) and hit-only against Ohio in the New Orleans Bowl (32-for-42, 387, 4 TD, 0 INT, 185.0). For the season, his numbers were rather ridiculous for a first-year guy: 3,726 yards, 64% completion rate, 7.4 yards per pass, 28 TD, 15 INT, 137.9 QB rating.
....This is a fun, dangerous and entertaining team. While they might not have enough to take down Clemson or Arkansas in the opening weeks of the season, here's to betting they at least come close against one or the other. And it's a pretty good bet that the October 25 Troy-FIU game on ESPN2 will be for the Sun Belt title.
A coach that wins 5 straight conference titles, even in a weak conference, knows what he's doing.
This is your gamethread for the day's events.