Oh boy, do we have a good one on our hands as the Troy Trojans travel to New Mexico State to take on the Aggies. Troy is coming off of a home loss to Idaho, while the Aggies have yet to win a single game all season.
Buckle up, because it doesn't get any better than this.
Start Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Streaming: WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN app
Record: Troy: 1-5, New Mexico State: 0-6
Line: Troy -3.5, Over/Under: 58.5
Through six games, things could not be much worse for the Troy Trojans.
They lost to Idaho....we're talking about Idaho, people.
The team has been unable to get any kind of rushing attack going, and the quarterback play has been far from desirable. After the embarrassing loss at home last week, Troy must come out on Saturday and at the very least show marginal signs of improvement.
With the winless Aggies coming up, Neal Brown's team has been given the perfect opportunity to do just that. The problem is, Troy has a lot of question marks heading into the matchup. Starting quarterback Brandon Silvers was unable to play in last week's game with an injury, and his status for this week is unknown. In his absence, senior Dallas Tidwell fit in nicely with the Trojan offense as they attempted a comeback against Idaho.
Hopefully, the coaching staff opts to go with Tidwell for another week, as he had a lot of good moments in last Saturday's game. He was able to complete passes down the field, and if Troy is to come out swinging and jumpstart a lifeless offense, Tidwell needs to be the guy to do it.
If the Trojan coaches are aggressive with the playcalling and Tidwell is able to find success throwing the ball, Troy could make it a long day for the Aggie defense.
New Mexico State Outlook:
Much like Troy, New Mexico State needs to show some signs of life this weekend. After playing on the road three weeks in a row, the Aggies will face off against a Trojan team that has been a complete disaster. That bodes well for the Aggies, who will have the opportunity to get their first win of the season against a team that frankly, looks lost.
For the Aggies, it will be all about sophomore quarterback Andrew Allen, who made his second career start last week against the defending Sun Belt Conference champion Georgia Southern Eagles.
Allen looked very impressive, completing 20 out of 37 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns.
New Mexico State head coach Doug Martin praised his young quarterback to reporters and Fox Sports: "The positive I took was the way Andrew Allen played. Three touchdowns and only one interception. I thought he played exceptionally well. He made really good decisions. He had that one busted read on that interception, but he made plays for us and proved he can get us in the end zone. We have excitement coming with him."
Putting up big numbers on the Troy defense is not something that has been hard to do, and the Aggies will hope that's something that continues for another week. With a young quarterback, experience is everything, and this will be a good game for Allen to find success and build confidence.
Prediction: Maybe it's just the optimistic Trojan in me, but I think Troy wins in a very sloppy contest by a final of 27-21.