Army vs Troy Prediction Game Preview

Army vs Troy game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Army vs Troy prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Army vs Troy How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
How To Watch: NFL Network
Record: Army (3-5), Troy (7-2)
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Army vs Troy Game Preview

Why Army Will Win

The running game still works.

The Knights might have struggled against Air Force, but that always happens when the service academies meet up. Before that the O rolled for well over 400 yards in the previous few games, it’s amazing on third downs, averages over 300 yards per game and it’s going to control the clock.

Troy’s offense sputters to keep things moving, has a hard time in the red zone, and the line can’t generate a push. It’s awful in pass protection and doesn’t run, but …

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Why Troy Will Win

The defense is a rock, especially against he run.

That’s sort of a plus against Army.

The team makes up for a slew of issues by keeping just about everyone to under 100 rushing yards – Ole Miss and Appalachian State, Louisiana, and Appalachian State were the only ones to get over that.

The defensive front is great at getting into the backfield and should be able to stop the Army offense before it gets started.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s all fun and games until you see the Army offense up close.

But Troy will be able to handle it.

The defense mostly has problems against teams that can throw well, and that’s not Army. The Trojans will be able to sell out and keep the Army O from going off.

Army is 4-0 when generating over 410 yards and 0-4 when it doesn’t. Troy is 6-0 when it allowed under 400 yards.

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Army vs Troy Prediction, Line

Troy 26, Army 17
Line: Troy -9.5, o/u: 45.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Army vs Troy Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5
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Troy vs South Alabama Prediction, Game Preview

Troy vs South Alabama game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 8 game on Saturday, October 22

Troy vs South Alabama prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 8, Saturday, October 22


Troy vs South Alabama How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 22
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, AL
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Troy (5-2), South Alabama (5-1)
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Troy vs South Alabama Game Preview

Why Troy Will Win

The Trojans have been terrific over the last month, and there but for a wild finish against Appalachian State they’d by on a six-game winning streak and the star of the Sun Belt.

It’s not like they’re playing a bunch of weak teams with wins over Marshall, WKU, and Southern Miss along the way. What’s working?

The offense is struggling and there are big problems on third downs, but the run defense is dominant. It’s a statistical thing, but it’s also indicative of how the team controls games – it’s 0-2 when allowing 100 rushing yards, and 5-0 when it gives up fewer.

That’s a problem because …

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Why South Alabama Will Win

South Alabama runs for 165 yards per game. It’s not a dominant ground game, but it hasn’t been close in any game to being under 100 yards.

Troy might be on a great run, but South Alabama is a botched moment against UCLA away from being 6-0.

It’s own run defense has been great – it only allowed more than 100 yards twice – unlike Troy the team is fantastic on both sides of the ball on third downs, and then there are the takeaways.

South Alabama has only turned it over multiple times twice – once was in the loss to UCLA – and is +8 overall. Troy is -1.

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What’s Going To Happen

Both teams are playing well. Troy finds a way, South Alabama is just that good.

Neither team will run well, but both can throw well enough to keep things moving. Turnovers won’t be a big deal, but South Alabama will be on the right side of that. Penalties won’t be a big deal, but Troy will be on the right side of that.

The difference will be on third downs. South Alabama will be far better and will do a better job of controlling a fantastic must-watch game that will go a long way to deciding the Sun Belt race.

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Troy vs South Alabama Prediction, Line

South Alabama 24, Troy 17
Line: South Alabama -3, o/u: 46.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Troy vs South Alabama Must See Rating (out of 5): 4
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Texas State vs Troy Prediction, Game Preview

Texas State vs Troy game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 7 game on Saturday, October 15

Texas State vs Troy prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 7, Saturday, October 15


Texas State vs Troy How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 15
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: Texas State (3-3), Troy (4-2)
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Texas State vs Troy Game Preview

Why Texas State Will Win

One of the funkiest teams going, Texas State doesn’t do anything consistently well, it doesn’t have a downfield passing attack, and the scoring wildly fluctuates, but it’s got a way of rising up and rocking.

All of a sudden, QB Layne Hatcher – who really is good – turned into Patrick Mahomes and the defense became a brick wall in a stunning 36-24 win over Appalachian State to kick the season into high gear. Now there are real, legitimate expectations to scramble for three more wins and bowl eligibility.

That means the takeaways have to continue. The D has generated 11 in the last five games, the offense needs to capitalize on every opportunity, and …

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Why Troy Will Win

The Trojans are rolling.

They’ve won three straight since losing to Appalachian State on a magical Hail Mary helped by a great run defense, solid passing game, and just enough of a running game to get by.

The pass rush is dangerous enough to get to Hatcher on a regular basis, the run defense isn’t going to allow more than 100 yards, and the offense should be able to control the clock.

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What’s Going To Happen

Can Troy avoid a slew of turnovers to give Texas State the breaks it’ll need?

The Bobcats will keep it close with a good first half, but the Trojan D will settle in, the pass rush will start to take over, and somewhat quietly, the home team will look like it really might be the best team in the Sun Belt – or close to it.

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Texas State vs Troy Prediction, Line

Troy 31, Texas State 17
Line: Troy -16.5, o/u: 46.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Texas State vs Troy Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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Southern Miss vs Troy Prediction, Game Preview

Southern Miss vs Troy game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 6 game on Saturday, October 8

Southern Miss vs Troy prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 6, Saturday, October 8


Southern Miss vs Troy How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 8
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Southern Miss (2-2), Troy (3-2)
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Southern Miss vs Troy Game Preview

Why Southern Miss Will Win

It shouldn’t work, but it does.

Southern Miss has a whole slew of problems. It doesn’t move the chains, it doesn’t control the clock, and the offensive line has issues. But …

The big pass plays are there averaging close to 17 yards per completion, the pass rush is among the best in America, and that’s just enough to make things interesting.

That includes a shocking win at Tulane.

Oh, by the way, Troy is among the worst teams in the country in pass protection. But ..

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Why Troy Will Win

The Trojans are playing really, really well.

The passing game might have to deal with too much pressure, and there’s no running game to help, but Gunnar Watson is a consistent passer – this is all assuming he’s good to go after getting hurt last week – the defense has been able to hold up shockingly well in key moments, and like Southern Miss, is shouldn’t work, but it does.

Also like USM, Troy does a great job of getting into the backfield, too.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s a huge game for both teams. They’re both dangerous enough to beat anyone else in the Sun Belt, but a loss in this makes it tough to make a big push in a loaded league.

Southern Miss will keep up the pace, and the pass rush will be a huge problem, but Troy’s offense will crank up over 300 passing yards and be a bit more effective at home.

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Southern Miss vs Troy Prediction, Line

Troy 27, Southern Miss 24
Line: Troy -6.5, o/u: 44.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Southern Miss vs Troy Must See Rating (out of 5): 3
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Troy vs WKU Prediction, Game Preview

Troy vs WKU game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Saturday, October 1

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Troy vs WKU How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 1
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY
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Record: Troy (2-2), WKU (3-1)
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Troy vs WKU Game Preview

Why Troy Will Win

The Troy passing game is dominating.

It leads all Sun Belt teams and is tenth in the nation averaging 343 yards per game, rolling for 321 yards in the strong win over Marshall, the running game worked a little bit, and now it gets to go against a WKU defense that struggled in the one game it played against a team that can throw – the 33-30 loss to Indiana.

The Hilltoppers have an offense, but it’s not great at coming up with third down conversions, it doesn’t control the clock, and …

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Why WKU Will Win

The team is great at keeping the mistakes to a minimum.

Penalties aren’t an issue and the six turnovers were spread out over the four games.

The passing attack rocked FIU for 480 yards, but this year’s version of the attack is more balanced – the running game is avenging over five yards per pop.

For all the strong things the Troy offense is doing, it’s not great at keeping things moving, there’s no rushing attack, and the defense has a hard time getting off the field.

However …

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What’s Going To Happen

WKU beat Austin Peay, Hawaii, and FIU – it’s not like it dealt with a slew of killers.

Troy wasn’t bad against Ole Miss, it had Appalachian State beat before the Hail Mary, and it got past Marshall. It’s more battle tested.

This will be a fun back-and-forth fight, but WKU will get that one extra takeaway to finally take a little bit of control.

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Troy vs WKU Prediction, Line

WKU 30, Troy 27
Line: WKU -5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Troy vs WKU Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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Marshall vs Troy Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs Troy game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24

Marshall vs Troy prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24


Marshall vs Troy How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 24
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
How To Watch: NFL Network
Record: Marshall (2-1), Troy (1-2)
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Marshall vs Troy Game Preview

Why Marshall Will Win

What was that?

Marshall pulled off the stunner against Notre Dame, everyone was fired up, and then came the three giveaways and the total meltdown in the secondary in a strange loss at Bowling Green.

The team is still strong.

The running game continues to be fantastic, the defense is better than it showed against the Falcons, and the team has the right mix to get out of a tough road game like this alive.

The Troy defense is awful on third downs, it doesn’t run the ball a lick, and it’s about to get pounded on by the Herd backs.

But …

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Why Troy Will Win

Bowling Green has a good passing game, but should it have hit the Herd for 300 yards and four scores? Maybe.

Gunnar Watson is about to find out.

The Troy offense did enough to beat Appalachian State, and so did the D up until the final play in the brutal 32-28 last second loss.

Appalachian State has a great ground game, and it was kept from going off. The Troy defensive front should be able to hold up against the Herd, Watson and the passing game will push for 300 yards, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Will the lack of a Trojan running game matter? It won’t help, but the defense will come up with a strong performance at home with two takeaways and a good game against the Marshall rushing attack.

It’ll come down to the final few drives, and …

Troy’s heart will get broken for the second week in a row, but this time it’ll be on a field goal.

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Marshall vs Troy Prediction, Line

Marshall 26, Troy 24
Line: Marshall -3.5, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Marshall vs Troy Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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WATCH: Roman Harper breaks down insane App State Hail Mary TD

Roman Harper broke down App State’s huge Hail Mary touchdown pass against Troy, reflecting on how he helped save the Saints avoid a similar fate during his playing days:

Quite a few New Orleans Saints players have begun to make second careers for themselves in football media, and today we’ll be checking in on Roman Harper. The longtime starting strong safety won a Super Bowl XLIV ring with New Orleans, but these days he’s working as an analyst for the SEC Network. On Monday evening he sat down with “Thinking Out Loud” hosts Richard Johnson and Spencer Hall to recap one of the weekend’s most exciting college football games: Appalachian State’s dramatic win over Troy, one of their Sun Belt rivals, on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass.

“Who says grown men don’t cry?” Harper quipped after reviewing the game’s highlight play, complete with an all-time-great radio call from the App State press box. His brother is a Troy alum, so this wasn’t exactly a defensive performance he looks back on fondly.

“Hate that, I like to sometimes rush four, five, six,” Harper said, when examining Troy’s decision to rush three linemen and drop eight defenders into coverage. “I like to zero blitz it. I’ve actually ended a game against Cincinnati, versus the Cincinnati Bengals, I told everybody to get up out of here after the sack.”

The game Harper’s referring to there was a 2010 clash between his old Saints team and Carson Palmer’s Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. A furious fourth quarter scoring output saw the lead change twice and tie up until Marques Colston caught a 3-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds left in regulation to retake the lead and go up 34-30 in Cincinnati.

And the Bengals put themselves in position to win the day with a 47-yard return on the subsequent kickoff, setting up Palmer and his offense at midfield. A quick pass moved them further up field, into New Orleans territory. With eight seconds left to play and just 37 yards separating them from an upset, Palmer dropped back to pass, targeting his dynamic receiving duo of Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens (who had already combined for 11 catches and 143 yards on the day). It was a tight spot for the Saints.

But as Harper recalled, the Saints chose to pressure the quarterback. They sent him on a blitz and he dropped Palmer for a 16-yard loss as time expired, very much saving the day for New Orleans. A rare pressure player who normally lined up at safety, Harper became something of a sack artist with the Saints — he’s currently tied with defensive tackles Don Reese and Mike Tilleman to rank 31st in the franchise record books with 17 sacks (per Pro Football Reference).

Blitzing the quarterback on these desperation Hail Mary heaves has become a trademark for Saints head coach Dennis Allen, who was Harper’s position coach on that 2010 squad. Serving as defensive coordinator in 2019 and charged with protecting a 2-point lead in the final seconds, he opted to pressure Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott with a similar safety blitz, sending C.J. Gardner-Johnson in to harass the passer before he could fully read the field. Prescott flung the ball far downfield to avoid taking a sack, and it ended up being intercepted by Marcus Williams. That’s just one example.

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ESPN’s College GameDay picks their Week 3 winners including Notre Dame vs. Cal

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For the first time in College GameDay’s twenty year history, they visited Boone, North Carolina, home of giant slayer Appalachian State. After the Mountaineers took North Carolina to the brink in week one, they successfully garnered a massive upset in week two, going to College Station and defeating Texas A&M.  The GameDay crew (Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, and Pat McAfee) along with guest picker country singer Luke Combs, made their selections for week three’s slate. Find out below who they chose to win.

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Appalachian State vs Troy Prediction, Game Preview

Appalachian State vs Troy game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 3 game on Saturday, September 17

Appalachian State vs Troy prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 3, Saturday, September 17


Appalachian State vs Troy How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 17
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Appalachian State (1-1), Troy (1-1)
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Appalachian State vs Troy Game Preview

Why Troy Will Win

While everyone wants to talk about Appalachian State, and all the hype is surrounding the team that just beat Texas A&M, shhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Troy is good enough to ruin the narrative.

The defense kept the high-powered Ole Miss offense under wraps in a 28-10 loss, and then the offense got to eat with the passing attack opening it up against Alabama A&M.

But can the Trojans hold up on the lines?

There’s enough of a pass rush to matter, the defense that got run over by Ole Miss is stronger than that, and then there are the takeaways. The Trojans came up with five in the first two games, and …

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Why Appalachian State Will Win

Troy is having problems on the offensive front.

It’s allowing way too many plays in the backfield, the running game isn’t clicking – just two yards per carry so far – and if the passing game isn’t flying, the O isn’t moving.

Appalachian State is terrific on the offensive front, there’s only been one turnover, and control, control, control. Texas A&M has a deliberate style of offense, and that fed right into what the Mountaineers can do.

Now they have to own the clock and keep the Trojan attack off the field, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Be very, very, very careful here.

GameDay is town, everyone is gushing over the Appalachian State program, and there’s a lot of hype after the wild loss to North Carolina and the shocking win over A&M.

Troy is going to make this a fight.

The passing attack is going to press the production all game long, Appalachian State’s defense will continue to have problems on third downs, and …

The Troy run D won’t hold up in the fourth quarter.

The home side will get pushed, but it’ll grind its way through.

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Appalachian State vs Troy Prediction, Line

Appalachian State 34, Troy 23
Line: Appalachian State -12.5, o/u: 52.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Appalachian State vs Troy Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5

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Troy vs Alabama A&M Prediction, Game Preview

Troy vs Alabama A&M game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Saturday, September 10

Troy vs Alabama A&M prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Saturday, September 10


Troy vs Alabama A&M How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 10
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: Troy (0-1), Alabama A&M (0-1)
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Troy vs Alabama A&M Game Preview

Why Alabama A&M Will Win

It was a rough go for the Bulldogs in the 59-0 opener against UAB to start the season. The four turnovers had something to do with that.

It’s a better team that it played in Birmingham. There’s enough of a passing game for Troy to worry about, and the the efficient attack isn’t going to misfire as often as it did. Everything was short, the chains didn’t move, and it got ugly.

Expect more downfield shots, but …

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Why Troy Will Win

The Troy defense stepped up large in the 28-10 loss to Ole Miss.

It didn’t get the job done in defeat – the offense couldn’t translate a few decent drives into enough points – but the D held down the high-powered Rebel passing attack to just 167 yards.

The run defense had a whole lot of problems, but Alabama A&M isn’t going to crank up big, gashing runs – it didn’t have a run of more than nine yards against UAB.

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What’s Going To Happen

The Troy offense will have some fun this week.

The defense will keep the Bulldog attack from going off – the points will come in the second half – and the O will get the running game going to complement an efficient day from QB Gunnar Watson.

Bowling Green/West Virginia/WKU transfer Jarret Doege will see plenty of action as Troy gets some good work in to get ready for Appalachian State.

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Troy vs Alabama A&M Prediction, Line

Troy 47, Alabama A&M 7
Line: Troy -37, o/u: 63
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Troy vs Alabama A&M Must See Rating (out of 5): 1.5

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