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Red Wolves take on Troy

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 15:11

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Travis Sharp, Staff Photographer

Junior running back David Oku drives past a Louisianna-Lafeyette player. The Red Wolf victory secured ASU’s top spot of the Sun Belt Conference.

The Red Wolves will take its last road match up to Troy, Ala., taking on the Trojans of Troy University. ASU takes the road with a five-game winning streak and a seven-game road-winning streak against conference opponents.

ASU has already racked up the wins necessary to be bowl eligible, but it will be this weekends match up against the top team in the Sun Belt that will give Troy its first strike at becoming bowl eligible, as they need one more win to do so.

At 5-5, 3-3 in the SBC and its win against Navy (41-31) the Trojans are back on the winning side and can still create some noise in the SBC race as its momentum creeps back.

Troy has won four of the five meetings against the Red Wolves, with ASU’s 2011 45-15 victory being the first ASU win since 2007.

It was not to long ago that Troy was the undisputable king of the SBC but the Trojans haven’t been the monster the rest of the conference feared over the past few years.

Things have picked up this season as the Trojans have produced more than 1,300 yards in the past two games combined.

Not only is Troy putting up big numbers but it is also gaining confidence. The Trojans have generated big plays both in passing and the run game, which will be a big force that drives the Trojan attack.

Adding to the Trojan offense is the dual threat of both Corey Robinson and Deon Anthony. Robinson suffered from an injury during Troy’s match up against Western Kentucky after taking a hard hit on a sack. Anthony would take Robinson’s place. Since Robinson’s return, Troy has been working with two quarterbacks.

“They do have a good offense, but we have to go out there and take care of business. Once the defense does its thing, we need to sustain points,” senior quarterback Ryan Aplin said.

The Trojans are the Sun Belt’s top total offense team with 499.5 yards per game, while ASU stand at No. 2 with 467.5.

The Red Wolves lead the league in rushing offense, 210.9 yards, and Troy is at the top in pass offense with 325 yards. The match up between the two teams will be an offensive show down.

With two games left in the season the Red Wolves focus has never been clearer as they continue to stick with the task at hand. “We have been pretty focused, you can’t get ahead of your self. We are locked in on Troy and we know what we need to do. We control our own destiny,” Aplin said.

The results of Saturday’s game will be a turning point for both represented teams. A victory for Troy will make them eligible for a bowl game, but a victory for the Red Wolves will make them another step closer to claiming the SBC title out right for the second consecutive year.

“Anyone who is competitive is not going to want to share, it is like giving away the last piece of the pie, you don’t want to share. Our goal is to be out right,” Aplin said.

The Red Wolves travel to Troy Saturday hoping for its sixth win and one step closer to calling themselves SBC champions. Kick off is set for 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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