Location: Troy, AL
Enrollment: 6,998 (main campus; ~20,000 including satellite campuses)
Fun Facts: Troy University's marching band is called the "Sound of the South." It has gone through numerous directors who have sought, in vain, a "power sound." (I might have made that part up.) Troy was initially founded as a teacher's college, and operated in that specific role well into the 20th century. The school's mascot is named T-Roy (YES!). Troy has had several nicknames for its teams through the years, including Bulldogs, Teachers, and Red Wave. The school had a men's and women's rodeo program that was recently discontinued.
Affiliations: FBS, Sun Belt Conference
First Game: 1909
All-Time Record: 504-388-28 (.564)
Head Coach: Neal Brown (first year at Troy, first head coaching gig; formerly Kentucky's offensive coordinator)
Fun Facts: Troy has three national titles to its credit, one at the NAIA level, and two at the D-II level. The first came in 1968, with some offensive numbers you don't typically see from that era; the starting QB threw for more than 3,500 yards that season. The Trojans moved up to the FBS level in 2001 and has since been to five bowl games, though none since 2010. Troy once played in and lost something called the Paper Bowl, back in 1948, against Jacksonville State. Troy did not field a team in 1929, and the 1930 squad played without a coach. Chan Gailey briefly served as head coach in the early 80s. In 1936, the Troy Trojans football team consisted of 19 players, and a ticket to a home game would set you back 55 cents.
Bonus Non-Football Fun Fact: This man's mustache:
Good stache. And a good player for Troy in the 1970s, apparently!
All-Name Team: Sophomore wide receiver John Johnson, freshman defensive end Uvakeious McGhee, freshman safety Cedarius Rookard, sophomore running back Andre Flakes, junior offensive lineman Johnathan Boring, freshman receiver Hobie Desanges, sophomore receiver KE'Marvin Pitts
Returning Starters: 9 on offense, 6 on defense
Alec's Troy Preview
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