Sizing Up Troy
"Hi, I'm Troy (State). You might remember me from such games as Troy State at Lincoln 2001, 2002, or 2003 or such cartoons as Christmas Ape and Christmas Ape goes to Summer Camp".
Okay, now that I've got that out of my system, let me point out that this is not the same team the Huskers saw under Frank Solich. Troy now has a spread offense that uses four wide receivers. Considering that the Huskers greatest weakness is in the secondary, that could mean some tough sledding against the men of Troy.
Fortunately, none of their wide receivers go taller than 6'2" and their undersized defense should be a perfect opportunity for the Huskers to get their running game back on track. Players like Cody Glenn, Matt Herian, and Maurice Purify could all have a field day with the smaller defenders.
Troy also features one of the smaller offensive lines the Huskers have seen this year, meaning the Blackshirts can finally ring up some sacks. At 6 feet tall, their quarterback may have a few passes batted down as well.
Chances are Troy will try quick passes to protect their quarterback. This week though, I expect the Huskers will want to prove that not just any receiver can break tackles against Nebraska. But I'd also expect Troy to make a few plays because of the Husker problems in the defensive backfield. But aside from a few moments of success, you'd expect Troy to continue having trouble scoring. So as long as the Huskers can regain their mojo on offense, the game might well be over before the fourth quarter.