A few things to keep in mind:
- Troy was competitive in losses to Arkansas and Georgia, and blew out Oklahoma State last year. They will not be intimidated by 100,000+ fans in Ohio Stadium as they have played in tough atmospheres before. A case in point ~ Troy will play at LSU two weeks before they play Ohio State on September 20th.
- Troy had enough talent to tie for the Sun Belt Conference championship last year (granted, they lost to Florida Atlantic) and could be a contender for their conference championship this year.
- Troy is the program that has sent players such as DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys and this year's first round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills, Leodis McKelvin.
- Ohio State has usually struggled after big games - remember after the Texas loss in 2005 how Ohio State came out sluggish against San Diego State? Ohio State rallied, but the chance of a letdown after such a big game is there.
Maybe I am being my typical Minnich paranoid. All I am saying is Ohio State should be ready for a tough game on September 20th. ESPN.com is reporting a 1pm kickoff; no TV has been announced yet, but I am betting on The Big Ten Network.