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Troy Trojans vs. Texas State Bobcats Preview

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By Nicholas Brady
Sports Reporter

The Bobcats will travel to Troy, Alabama to take on the Troy University Trojans on Saturday, October 10.

Troy enters the game at 1-1 this season after beating Middle Tennessee State University 47-14 and losing 48-7 to Brigham Young University (BYU).

This matchup with the Bobcats will be Troy’s home opener and first game since September 26. Troy’s matchup last week with South Alabama was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns from South Alabama.

The Trojans run an uptempo, balanced offense. In two games, Troy has run the ball 73 times and passed the ball on 74 plays.

Quarterback Gunnar Watson leads the Troy offense and has thrown 410 yards and two touchdowns this season, but has been sacked 8 times.

Nico Ezidore and the Bobcat pass rush will be a major factor in the outcome of the game.

The Trojans feature a three-headed rushing attack of B.J. Smith, Charles Strong and Kimani Vidal. In their last matchup versus BYU, the Trojan defense gave up over 600 yards to the Cougars.

Both Texas State quarterbacks Tyler Vitt and Brady McBride should be available for the first time this season and both are expected to see playing time.

Troy leads the all-time series 8-1 and won the 2019 matchup with Texas State 63-27. Texas State’s lone win versus the Trojans was a 31-17 victory in 1997.

The Bobcats enter the game as an 8-point underdog.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.

Featured image by Nathan Rarangol.

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