South Alabama–Troy football rivalry - Wikipedia"Battle for the Belt" redirects here. For the college football rivalry between Murray State and Western Kentucky, see Battle for the Red Belt. Battle for the Belt South Alabama Jaguars Troy Trojans SportFootballFirst meetingSeptember 29, 2012Troy 31, South Alabama 10Latest meetingNovember 6, 2021Troy 31, South Alabama 24Next meetingOctober 20, 2022TrophyThe BeltStatisticsMeetings total10All-time seriesTroy leads, 7–3Trophy seriesTroy 5–2Largest victoryTroy, 29–0 (2020)Longest win streakTroy, 4 (2018–present)Current win streakTroy, 4 (2018–present) Locations of South Alabama and Troy The Battle for the Belt is an American college football rivalry game between two public universities in the U.
Troy had a bye week the week before giving them 2 weeks to build the hype. Troy had a huge pep rally with a bonfire on campus (in which Jaguar merchandise was burned) the Thursday night before the game. A car spray painted red, white, and blue (South Alabama's colors) was on campus and hammers were used to smash the car. This game was a "Blackout" game. All fans were encouraged to wear black. The first 10, 000 fans into the stadium were given a free black T-shirt. A DJ was provided for the game for the students. South Alabama rolled to a 24–18 victory.  Game 5 (2016) The 5th game of the series took place in Mobile. South Alabama jumped out to an early lead and had a 21–13 lead going into the 4th quarter. This lead would not hold however as Troy would score twice in the 4th quarter and win 28–21.
In 2022, Troy was moved to the West Division to accommodate the addition of new members Southern Miss, James Madison, Old Dominion and Marshall. With this move, South Alabama and Troy is now an intra-divisonal matchup.  Game results South Alabama victoriesTroy victoriesTie gamesNo. DateLocationWinnerScore1 September 29, 2012 Mobile Troy 31–102 October 5, 2013 Troy Troy 34–333 October 24, 2014 Mobile South Alabama 27–134 October 3, 2015 Troy South Alabama 24–185 October 20, 2016 Mobile Troy 28–216 October 11, 2017 Troy South Alabama 19–87 October 23, 2018 Mobile Troy 38–178 October 16, 2019 Troy Troy 37–139 December 5, 2020 Mobile Troy 29–010 November 6, 2021 Troy Troy 31–2411 October 20, 2022 Mobile Series: Troy leads 7–3 Game 1 (2012) The South Alabama – Troy football rivalry officially began on a rain-soaked Saturday, September 29, 2012, at historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, where Troy defeated the Jaguars 31–10.
Troy missed two field goals and barely avoided the first shutout in the series by scoring a touchdown and two point conversion with 6:16 left in the game.  Game 7 (2018) The 7th game of the series saw Troy come to Mobile trying to avenge their shocking loss to South Alabama a year prior. Troy led 31–17 at the end of the first half due to big plays by their offense. Neither team was able to score any points in the second half until a South Alabama interception set up Troy's offense at the South Alabama 11 yard line.
 This was also the last game coached by then South Alabama head coach Steve Campbell, as he was fired the next day.  Game 10 (2021) The series returned to Troy in a game that saw both teams play the majority of the game with their backup quarterbacks. South Alabama got an early 7-0 lead but lost their starting quarterback on the opening possession to injury. Troy would then score 31 unanswered points before South Alabama scored just before halftime to make it 31-14 at the break. Troy lost their starting quarterback in the 2nd quarter and struggled to generate offense in the second half.
South Alabama closed the gap with a narrow 31-24 loss at Troy last season, but prior to that, the previous three wins by the Trojans had come by 21 or more points. South Alabama last topped Troy on Oct. 11, 2017 on the road, but it hasn't won at home against the Trojans since Oct. 24, 2014, a 27-13 win by the Jaguars. Troy eased by Texas State 17-14 at home last time out on Saturday, and now faces the quick turnaround. The Trojans didn't come close to covering a 16.
The team began play in 2009 with a planned full transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) by 2013.  In 2012, South Alabama's football team officially joined the school's other sports in the Sun Belt Conference and started to face the conference members in a full conference schedule. In 2015, the Student Government Associations of each school came together to officially dub the rivalry the "Battle for the Belt, " with a wrestling-style belt going to the winner of the rivalry annually. According to then South Alabama Student Government Association President Ravi Rajendra, "The introduction of the trophy to the rivalry will offer a new way for Jag Nation to connect with our football program.
The game winning touchdown was scored with 1:20 left in the game and Troy successfully ended their two game losing streak to South Alabama.  Game 6 (2017) In the 6th game of the series the location was once again Troy. South Alabama came in and faced a Troy team that had recently upset LSU in Baton Rouge so Troy was the favorite to win the game. However, South Alabama pulled off an upset of their own by forcing four turnovers and defeating Troy 19–8.
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 Game 2 (2013) The second meeting between the teams was a thriller.  In a game where South Alabama dominated the stats, the Jags suffered a one-point loss in a battle that featured two lead changes in the final minutes, including a game-winning Troy touchdown with 7 seconds left on the clock. Game 3 (2014) The Jaguars claimed their first victory in the series with a convincing 27–13 win,  and the rivalry was truly born. Game 4 (2015) The 4th game of the series took place in Troy.
Troy would go on to win 37–13, become the first team to hold the belt for two consecutive years, and the first team to win the belt at home.  Game 9 (2020) In the first game of the series to take place in South Alabama's new Hancock Whitney stadium, Troy shut out the Jaguars 29-0. Troy jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead and held South Alabama without a trip to the red zone. A blocked South Alabama punt for a safety were the only points scored in the second half as Troy cruised to an easy victory and retained the Belt for the third straight year.
Troy would have a total of six plays of 30 yards or more and force 4 turnovers as they went on to win 38–17.  Game 8 (2019) The 8th game in the series took place once again in Troy with Troy trying to be the first team to retain the belt for more than one year. South Alabama stayed with Troy through the first half and were only down 16–10 at half. Troy was able to pull away in the second half despite committing three turnovers throughout the game by holding South Alabama without a touchdown and forcing a pick six.
South Alabama vs. Troy: How to watch online, live stream info When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET ; Where: Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium -- Troy, Alabama ; TV: ESPN Plus ; Online
4) and points allowed (19. 3) per game. Troy saw a 4-0 ATS run end when it failed to cover against Texas State last time out, but it did cover as 5. 5-point underdogs last time out on the road, winning 34-27 at Western Kentucky. It also covered at Appalachian State on Sept. 17, losing on a Hail Mary, while cashing in the opener on the road at Ole Miss back on Sept. 3. For totals, the UNDER has hit in three of the past four for the Trojans, as the defense has allowed 14 or fewer points in three of the previous four, with the exception that 27-point score by WKU, a rather powerful offense. The UNDER is also hitting at a 5-2-1 clip in the previous eight in this series. (Getty) SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS BETTING ANALYSIS The Jaguars can get the offense going when it needs to, posting 300.
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S. state of Alabama, University of South Alabama Jaguars and the Troy University Trojans.  Troy leads the all-time series at 7–3.  History The South Alabama Jaguars were co-founding members of the Sun Belt Conference in 1976. Troy joined the conference in 2004 as a football-only member. In 2005, the Trojans transitioned the rest of their sports to the Sun Belt, and South Alabama and Troy began facing each other in sports other than football, since at that time, South Alabama did not have a football team. On December 6, 2007, South Alabama's Board of Trustees approved the addition of football to the intercollegiate athletics program.
South Alabama would attempt to make a comeback by holding Troy scoreless for the remainder of the game but would come up just short and lose 31-24 to give Troy their 4th consecutive victory in the series.  See also List of NCAA college football rivalry games References ^ "LOOK: Troy and South Alabama will play for a championship belt". CBSSports. com.
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