...and Troy's football team will still press on.
The loss to ULL on Saturday reminded me a bit of the ULM game last year, a 28-14 ULM win. Something about those road games in the state of Louisiana. Both were games where, while the opponents were strong, it's not like they were worlds better than the Trojans, but they wouldn't let the Trojans get back in the game after throwing some early punches.
Who knows if ULL will hold on and win the Sun Belt - Cajuns have won the tough part of its schedule and the odds are in their favor - but you've got to figure that they'll be in the New Orleans Bowl regardless, assuming they don't choke and go 5-7. I'm seeing 8-4 at worst, and probably a New Orleans Bowl attendance record with ULL's close proximity, great fan base and a matchup against a team in this region.
That means Troy needs to pick it up and win out in league play and go to Mobile - or tempt fate of being left out of a bowl or going to a place like Detroit, which actually doesn't have the Sun Belt secondary tie-in anymore. There is no "third bowl" to fall back on for any Sun Belt team, but there are so many bowls that I'd like to think a third Sun Belt team will end up somewhere out of necessity.
Troy's offensive line is beat up. Right guard Jacob Creech hurt his knee in the first half. I don't know how serious. Left guard Kyle Wilborn hurt his shoulder again - he's had both labrums fixed through surgery - and he'll be playing with pain for the rest of the year more than likely. If Creech is out for a few games, looks like true freshman Zach Johnson could get some starts.
But Troy's opponent - ULM - had its quarterback, Kolton Browning - leave the game with an undisclosed injury, according to scout.com, on Saturday. Browning had a heck of a day last year in the ULM win in Monroe.
Monday is press conference day, so I'll be looking to get a blog post up in the late afternoon with some notes. If there are any other injuries that pop up that went unnoticed from the game on my end, I'll try to update.