Troy 9.22.12 Preview

Troy can pass. They’ve always been able to pass. They get good players for a Sun Belt squad. Although they haven’t been as dominant as they usually are, they are still a SBC contender.

Hey. We beat them last season. Guess what else? It was without Lance Dunbar. He left the game early and James Hamilton picked up the slack. Derek Thompson tossed two scores and passed for 331 yards. The defense held Corey Robinson to 267 yards despite his 4 scores.

This is our final go ’round in the Sun Belt, a league we started out dominating but then started dominating us. Lots of long time fans have a bittersweet feeling about leaving. The Belt has always been rightly looked at as the worst league in the nation so to see ULM and WKU jump up and bite big name schools stirs up pride and perhaps some pangs of jealousy.

That said, choices have been made and the future is for molding. North Texas begins the quest to end our time in the Belt as we began it: as champs.

Fearless prediction:

  • North Texas will control the ball much like they did against Kansas State however, they will find it a little easier to score.
  • Troy will move the ball in the passing game much like KSU and LSU did. North Texas will get to the quarterback a little easier this time.
  • There will be lots of scoring. Antoinne Jimmerson gets two scores. Brelan Chancellor gets a long score.
  • North Texas 41 Troy 38

Usable Facts

  • Troy game notes //via meangreensports.com
  • TV: ESPN3
  • Derek Thompson came off of a bad night v TSU to having a great night v KSU (25/28 pass completion)
  • After being -1 in turnover margin against LSU, both games since NT has been +2. Sweet.

I’ll be up in Denton this weekend watching the game, but tonight (Friday 21st) I will be in Lewisville to see my buddy, and co-host on the Deranged Pengwin Podcast Dell perform with his band 5000 BulletsĀ