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How and what to watch for Troy vs. Arkansas State

Troy is headed on the road to play Arkansas State in what should be a fun matchup on Saturday.

Troy Trojans running back Charles Strong celebrates after scoring a touchdown in a game between the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the Troy Trojans on September 19, 2020, at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Troy Trojans will head on the road to play the Arkansas State Red Wolves in a Sun Belt matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Troy enters Saturday afternoon’s game with a 3-2 record, coming of a 36-34 loss to Georgia State last week. Whether Jacob Free or Gunnar Watson is under center, the Trojans toss the ball around effectively. Last week, Free came in for an injured Watson and completed 24 of 38 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, though he threw a pair of interceptions. It is unclear who will start Saturday’s game.

Arkansas State enters with a 3-3 overall record, and were unable to hang around and keep it all that close against Memphis, Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State. Against the Mountaineers last Thursday, the Red Wolves were handled fairly easily 45-17. Arkansas State has dealt with a fairly difficult schedule, but there’s no questioning its success on the offensive side of the ball despite a poor showing last week.

In the previous matchup between these two teams, Arkansas State beat Troy 50-43 on the road in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Troy vs. Arkansas State on Saturday, October 31st at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3, and you can stream it via the ESPN app with a with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Troy (+3) vs. Arkansas State
Point Total: O/U 70
Money line: Troy (+110), Arkansas State (-134)

  • Troy is 2-5 against the spread in its last seven games.
  • The total went under in five of Troy’s last seven games.
  • Arkansas State is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven games.
  • Arkansas State is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games against Troy.

The Best Bet

Oddsmakers are expecting plenty of points in this game, but they should be expecting more because we’re going to go with the over on this game. Whether it was Arkansas State or the opponent, one team has scored at least 35 points in each of the Red Wolves’ six games this season. In addition, the lowest team-point total in Troy’s five games was 31. Both defenses are going to struggle to get stops, and points will be a plenty. Let’s root for points.

Pick: Over 70

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