The Sun Belt and MAC are considered the two weakest conferences in the FBS division. For the first year the two conferences will pit non division champs against each other in the New Orleans Bowl. Troy has made the trip 3 times in the last 5 years while Ohio is making its first appearance in the game. While neither team is well known nationally it should make for a exciting match up between two evenly matched, but wildly different teams.

3 Keys From the Scouts

1. Troy’s passing game. The Trojans live and die by the pass. Ohio is only average in defending the pass. The Trojans have 42 plays this season of 20+ yards. Ohio will need to limit those big plays in the passing game.

2. Ball control. Both teams give the ball away more than they take it away. In a game like this with two less than stellar defenses not capitalizing on a scoring opportunity can be the difference between having a chance to win late and getting blown out.

3. Penalties. Troy averages 10 penalties a game for a total of over 75 yards given to their opponents. WIth an offense like Ohio has, one that is not spectacular, penalties in 3rd down situations can keep drives alive leading to more points for Ohio and worse field position for Troy. The Trojans would be hard pressed to overcome either.

Bold Predictions: Troy is the more explosive team of the two. Ohio tends to make fewer mistakes and is a better rushing team. Look for Troy to make a few critical mistakes, be they turnovers or penalties, that allow Ohio to get the lead and then run the ball to shorten the game.  Ohio 23 Troy 17

Pro-Prospects

Ohio

Rnd Name Pos Num Yr Comments
FALaVon BrazillWR94SrSpeedy pass catcher who flashes big time ability. Game breaker as a wide out or return specialist and a good receiver as well. Suffered a season ending injury in the middle of the campaign.
FATerrence McCraeWR115SrNice sized receiver that plays a strong game yet lacks any burst.
FANoah KellerOLB474SrSmallish but fierce linebacker who makes plays sideline-to-sideline. Plays big but size is a limiting factor.
FASteven JacksonS425Sr

Troy State

Round Name Pos NumYrComments
2-3Jerrel JerniganWR34SrProductive receiver that also impacts the game as a return specialist. Has the ability to break games open whenever he handles the ball.
FAMario AddisonOLB75SrAthletic linebacker with terrific size/speed numbers.
FADuJuan HarrisRB325SrCreative ball carrier with an elusive style.

Game Preview: Brent Foshee

Prospect Preview:  Tony Pauline