There’s no doubt who the top two programs in the state of Alabama are. That would be the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Tigers of Auburn University.
But quietly, the Troy Trojans have emerged as yet another quality program in the Yellowhammer state, going 10-3 in 2016 with a win in the Dollar General Bowl. After going 4-8 in year one, Troy head coach Neal Brown has quietly rebuilt the program, but he does not appear to be satisfied just yet.
In an radio interview with AL.com’s Mark Heim on Tuesday, Brown said that his program would “love the opportunity to suit up and play Alabama or Auburn.”
Needless to say, any game involving Troy and either Nick Saban or Gus Malzahn’s program would likely be a home game for the Trojans. Power conferences teams typically have to pay a pretty hefty price for hosting smaller programs, especially ones with as much recent success as Troy. Those costs could make any potential matchup even less likely than it already is.
Regardless of whether or not either game ever actually happens, Brown’s squad will have at least one opportunity at an SEC squad in the near future. In 2019, they will travel to Columbia, Mo. to take on the Missouri Tigers. In 2004, that very same Troy program — then led by a player named DeMarcus Ware — came into Faurot Field and beat the Tigers. Perhaps history will repeat itself in a couple of years.