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Saturday night is the perfect time to do some research on some Group of Five teams.
The power-conference primetime slate is not good, so it may be time to wander further down your television dial to find a strong Sun Belt matchup between the James Madison Dukes and Troy Trojans.
James Madison carries the better record into Alabama, but it resides in a prototypical let down spot.
The Dukes won a tight in-state battle with the Virginia Cavaliers in Week 2 and it may be hard for them to focus in a tough road environment to kick off their Sun Belt slate.
Troy experienced the exact opposite Week 2 fortune, as it was blown out by the Kansas State Wildcats.
The Trojans have comparable numbers to JMU. Both sides average over 400 total yards per game on offense and concede above 300 total yards per contest on defense.
Home-field advantage could be the difference-maker in the close matchup on paper. Troy went 7-0 at home last season and won its home opener in 2023.
Troy can wear down the JMU defense and the Dukes may fade in the fourth on the road after going through a tough Week 2 contest.
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