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Final Score: Arkansas State 41, Troy 34
When: Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Troy has started the season off with a 2-0 record, including a perception-altering win over UAB. However, Arkansas State will hand the Trojans their first loss of the season.
After five seasons at the top of the Sun Belt, Troy has finished under .500 the last two years. Much like its upgraded football facilities, Troy's upgrade in the standings is going to take a few seasons.
Arkansas State, on the other hand, has been a 10-win school since head coach Hugh Freeze pushed the team to double-digit wins in 2011. However, the Red Wolves are coming off a 38-9 loss to an Auburn squad that looks infinitely better than it did over the last two seasons.
The sting of that humiliation, along with the talent Arkansas State possesses, will lead the Red Wolves to victory.
Prediction: Arkansas State 35, Troy 27