Post by TroyFootball05 on Sept 7, 2021 13:00:52 GMT -6
TROY TROJANS (+6) VS. LIBERTY FLAMES
Projection: Troy +1.9
Troy will be a tough test for a Liberty team that ranked dead last in strength of schedule in 2020, per my ratings. There aren’t a ton of takeaways for either team after Week 1, considering they both handled FCS opponents with ease, but Troy has what it takes to keep this one close with efficient units on both sides of the ball.
The Trojans' defense ranked 15th in PFF team grade, fielding a ninth-ranked pass-rushing unit, as well. Troy returns almost everyone from last year’s unit, as well, including all players who generated more than one sack and 86% of the team’s total sacks from 2020. Liberty did not play a single top-50 pass-rushing unit by PFF grade last year until the bowl game versus Coastal Carolina, where it allowed 13 pressures on 41 dropbacks. Flames quarterback Malik Willis has the mobility to evade pressure, but Troy could have him under duress here.
On the other side, Troy should be able to find some success against a Liberty defense that was largely untested last season. The Trojans weren’t an explosive team in 2020, but they ranked in the top 50 in terms of play success rate and drive success rate. Quarterback Gunnar Watson played well for the most part last season but was beat out by Missouri transfer Taylor Powell this offseason. Liberty’s run defense was a noticeable weakness last year, and although Troy’s run game did not light the world on fire, it will be interesting to see if the Trojans can consistently find chunk plays on the ground.
In addition to all the game festivities, the SGA plans to read all the names of those who perished in the attacks on 9/11. This will be Saturday morning on main Quad.
That is a very nice gesture. Our local fire department will be hosting an open house and people will be able to ring the fire bell until it reaches 2,977, which is the number of people that perished. I will be taking little TBB there.
"Let me not die ingloriously and without struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter"
Post by Cane Gone Trojan on Sept 7, 2021 14:04:16 GMT -6
My logic is that Troy lost to these guys the last 2 times they played when Troy was favored to win and quite frankly should have won, and now Troy is favored to lose and probably should lose but they wont. The Trojans WIN!
Willis is a special talent. The practice squad is important whoever is going to mimic him in practice. I'm not sure if KJ or Carlton will be assigned to spy him during the game. That will be a huge task. I feel we have better depth to do that. The dual threat QB has been a bugaboo for Troy in the past.
We have been able to handle most of them under Brandon Hall. The Southern QB was a dual threat guy. MTSU's QB was as well. We've been able to keep Georgia Southern's QBs contained pretty well. None of them are as good as Willis, but our scheme seems to do ok versus those types of offenses.
True. My thought was more of Ga state. 3rd downs will be huge in this game
trojantke: This will be nice during games.
Jan 8, 2021 14:03:31 GMT -6
Trojan By Birth: Agree, during games this would be cool.
Jan 11, 2021 10:16:52 GMT -6
TrojanFanatic: Yea, it'll be a lot faster than refreshing pages, that's for sure
Jan 12, 2021 9:57:38 GMT -6
seauwhat: this is cool
Apr 7, 2021 10:36:01 GMT -6
trojantke: Anybody heard any update on T-Day? Getting close to decision time.
Apr 8, 2021 7:52:07 GMT -6
trojantke: See if we can't dust this shout feature off: who's headed to the Southern Miss game and stopping at the Alumni Tailgate beforehand? I'll be there and would love to put faces to screen names.
Sept 16, 2021 10:38:35 GMT -6
TrojanFanatic: Wish I could go, but money's tight right now so travel was out of the question
Sept 18, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -6