TROY, AL (WSFA) - The Troy Trojans are back to work after a bye week, and are looking to mark up a ninth "W" of the season Friday against Texas State.
The Trojans will enter with an 8-2 record, still in the hunt for a Sun Belt Conference Championship, and with a healthy team most of all.
"The bye week came at, what I think, is an opportune time for us. We're really healthy," said head coach Neal Brown. "We'll be at full speed."
Even with sophomore linebacker Zo Bridges being a game time decision, Brown feels his Troy team is as healthy as any other team entering its 11th game of the season.
Since its Oct. 11 loss to South Alabama, the Trojan offense has averaged an impressive 34.5 points per game, and haven't allowed a single team to score more than 21 points.
Despite the success the Trojans have had of late, Brown isn't buying into the hype, and feels the 2-9 Bobcats are as tough an opponent as any other.
"They really have played well the past few weeks. If you look at them offensively, they are concerning to us because their quarterback is a dual-threat guy. He can make a lot of plays with his feet," said Brown.
Brown also mentioned the challenges Texas State presents on the defensive side of the ball.
"Defensively, they've gotten a lot better. They have done a great job stopping the run all season. They've given up some yards in the passing game. The linebacker tandem they have is as good as anybody in our league."
That linebacker tandem Brown speaks of includes Bryan London II and Gabe Loyd. The two are the two-leading tacklers on the team, and together they've combined for 162 total tackles.
Brown said his offense will look to take advantage of the passing game as a result of how well Texas State plays the run.
After filling up on a Thanksgiving meal, and maybe some leftovers, the Trojans and Bobcats will meet in Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday for a 3 p.m. kick. That game will be broadcast online on ESPN3.