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Every player at Troy hears about how the SEC is the best conference in America. Sure enough, they believe it, but want to see where they stand as well.
"It's important for us to get this season back on track," Troy receiver Jaquon Robinson said. "It's important for us to see where we stand as a football team. I know it's important for a lot of players to play against an SEC team, against better competition.
"Coming out of high school, these are the guys that are supposed to be better than you, that are supposed to run faster and play harder. We want a chance to show that we can compete."
Fellow receiver Chandler Worthy, who is coming off a 154-yard receiving game against UL-Lafayette in a 37-24 loss, echoed those thoughts.
"Coming out of high school, everybody wants to be recruited by an SEC school," Worthy said. "To play against guys they feel are already better than you and you haven’t even lined up yet .. You have a lot to prove when you go out there."
Mississippi State is at least a two-touchdown favorite by most sports books. Worthy isn't surprised.
"I don’t have any problems being the underdog," Worthy said. "The SEC has won, what?, the last four or five championships out of so many. I can see why it’s SEC country, but don’t be surprised if you see an upset. That’s what I’m saying."
Troy players don't see any Mississippi State tags around campus, but see plenty of Auburn and Alabama apparel.
"The SEC dominates most of the talk around here," left guard Cody Woodiel said. "Hopefully, we can step up and do a good job."
The Trojans are looking forward to the challenge that Mississippi State (2-0) provides, but still reeling from the conference loss to ULL on Saturday where turnovers and a lack of a run game doomed the Trojans.
"We've got to get back on the winning track this week, and that’s what we’re planning on doing," quarterback Corey Robinson said. "We’re not going to lay down for them. We’re going to fight them. If they get the best of us, they do, but we’re going to fight until the end of the game."