Check out the Arkansas State vs. Troy fearless prediction and game preview.
Arkansas State (5-4) vs. Troy (8-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19
Game Time: 9:30 pm
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, AL
Troy won Part One of the Sun Belt championship chase with a tough victory over Appalachian State last week, and now it can all but end it with a win over Arkansas State in what becomes the true Sun Belt title game.
The Trojans still have to to go on the road to deal with Texas State and Georgia Southern after this, but forget about it – this is it. This is the one. This is the game they can make yet another statement in the run for the New Year’s Six spot from the Group of 5 programs, with the only loss coming at Clemson.
The run defense continues to be amazing, allowing 167 yards to ASU last week, but that’s the most given up all year.
The D line lives behind the line, the O line is doing a phenomenal job of keeping defenses out of the backfield, and the team has turned into a machine.
Brandon Silvers has hit the 200-yard passing mark against everyone but Southern Miss, while Jordan Chunn hit 1,000 yards for the year last week with a steady 129 yards and two scores to carry the team past ASU.
Can the offense manage to be as balanced against the other ASU?
The Red Wolves have to go on the road for their final three games, needing just one more win to get bowl eligible, but got big things to shoot for after going on a five-game winning streak to turn around a miserable first month.
There’s only one decent win – Georgia Southern – but they’ll take it, doing everything needed to set up this moment. The defense has been terrific over the last few weeks, especially on third downs.
ASU will give up yards, but the D’s getting off the field, stuffing New Mexico State time and again last week and doing a better and better job overall of generating third down stops.
Can the offense do its part? It’s one thing for Justice Hansen to rock against the NMSU defense, but Troy’s defense has been tremendous at coming up with key takeaways and bending against decent passing teams, and not breaking.
The Trojans will all but finish off the Sun Belt race with an impressive performance at home. ASU will hang around for a half, but Troy will take over in the third quarter with two scoring drives to pull away.
Arkansas State vs. Troy Prediction
Troy 34, Arkansas State 17
Troy -8, o/u: 55
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