Trojans ready for bowl game

Published 7:07 pm Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It’s bowl season and the Troy Trojans are eager to head to Mobile to participate in the 2018 Dollar General Bowl at Ladd Peebles Stadium.

The Trojans will make their third trip to a Mobile Bowl game, where they will take on the Buffalo Bulls out of the Mid-American Conference.

“We’re really excited about going to Mobile and playing in the Dollar General Bowl,” said Troy head coach Neal Brown. “To me, Mobile is a destination city, one of my favorite places. They do a great job putting on this bowl. I think it’s a first-class event.”

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Buffalo just finished off a 10-win regular season and came just short of winning a MAC championship. This will be the fifth time that the Trojans go up against a MAC opponent in a bowl game. They are 2-2 in those bowl games with both wins coming against Ohio.

“They (Buffalo) are a 10-win team,” Brown said. “They have already achieved what we are trying to get to. They have quality wins against Temple, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Miami of Ohio – those are some quality wins there.”

The Trojans will have an opportunity, with a win, to get to 10 wins for the third straight season.

“There have been only a few teams in school history that have gotten to that number,” Brown said. “For us to be able to do that three years in a row has an opportunity to be special.”

The Trojans will ride into Mobile with what coach Brown called unfinished business. The Trojans dropped their final regular season game against Appalachian State with the right to host the first ever Sun Belt Conference championship on the line.

“We don’t like how we finished the regular season,” Brown said. “I don’t think we played our best in the last two games. It’s unfinished business for us. It’s a chance for us to get to 10 wins so there is a lot to play for.”

The Trojans will hit the road for Mobile on Tuesday. Once in Mobile, the Trojans will spend time practicing at Saraland High School as well as spend time doing activities leading up to the Dollar General Bowl. Fans in Mobile will be treated to a Mardi Gras parade on the streets in downtown Mobile as well as a pep rally and street party.

“I always think that in bowl games, it’s about who is the most motivated and who is the most excited,” Brown said. “I can promise you that our guys are going to be excited.”

Troy and Buffalo will kick things off at 6 p.m. on December 22. The game can be seen on ESPN.