The Trojans earned the Sun Belt's two most impressive wins this season by beating Marshall on the road and then-nationally ranked Missouri at home in weeks one and two.
The consensus was the Trojans would be a major player in the Sun Belt Conference.
However, because of Troy's inability to win on the road in conference play, the Trojans are all but eliminated from winning the Sun Belt.
The latest disappointment came last week when the Trojans (3-3, 1-2) lost 13-9 at Arkansas State in what amounted to an elimination game for both teams.
"This was a tough game to lose, especially with the way our defense played," said Troy coach Larry Blakeney. "Arkansas State did a good job, but we have to do what it takes to reload, whether it is making some changes or anything we need to do."
Troy had three turnovers, completed just 6-of-19 passes and converted only 4-of-15 third-down plays.
The Trojans, who are a first-year Sun Belt member, were expected to challenge North Texas for the league championship. Instead, they find themselves on the outside looking in.
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