We have no idea what to expect from Troy football, but we can tell you two things for sure:
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first, they play in Alabama, which lends some credibility. And second, so does UAB, and UAB just thrashed Troy 48-10 last Saturday.
So the Alabama thing may be overrated.
Troy University is a solid school - it's rated the best in the state - but it's pretty small at just around 7,100 students.
Still, there is a tradition of success: Troy has three national titles, two in D-II and one in D 1-A.
Troy did get hammered at UAB, but Larry Blakeney is a long-term coach - he's been there 23 years - and he's won 22 home openers.
He's also had four schools in from power conferences, counting Duke this weekend, and Troy has been competitive to say the least. Mississippi State won by six; Oklahoma and Missouri both lost.
Making Duke's job a bit tougher, linebacker CJ France will sit out the game with a leg muscle injury.
Duke will have most of the advantages, and will certainly be favored, particularly after the disaster at Birmingham, but Troy is a school with a football tradition.
You might think that doesn't matter, but consider Davidson. That's a school with a nice basketball tradition. Even in years when the Wildcats are down, they're a dangerous opponent, and every so often, they can pull off a stunner.
ECU, Appalachian State, dare we say Richmond - a lot of teams are capable of a great afternoon, and their fans know to expect it. Let them begin to believe in it, let things go their way a little too much, and you've got a real problem.
And with game time temperature predicted to be 92 degrees with 70% humidity, that's another advantage Troy will have. We expect that helped in the other power conference games as well.