Dollar General Bowl

Buffalo (10-3) vs Troy (9-3)

Date/Time: Saturday, December 22nd at 6 pm CT

Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL

Bowl history

Originated: 1999

Conference tie-ins: Sun Belt, MAC

Last year’s result: Appalachian State defeated Toledo 34-0

Buffalo bowl history

This is just the third bowl game appearance in Buffalo’s history. 

Buffalo is 0-2 so far in bowl games, losing to UConn in 2008 and to San Diego State in 2013. 

Troy bowl history

Troy is 4-3 all time in bowl games, including a 50-30 win over North Texas in last year’s New Orleans Bowl.

The Trojans are on a three-game bowl winning streak.

This is Troy’s second appearance in the Dollar General Bowl. They lost to Central Michigan in 2009 by a score of 44-41. 

Series history

The Dollar General Bowl will be the first meeting between Buffalo and Troy.

Key player to watch for each team

Buffalo: Linebacker – Khalil Hodge

Troy: Linebacker – Hunter Reese

Game Notes:


The Bulls just completed their first 10 win season in school history. Buffalo is led by the athletic Tyree Jackson at quarterback along with wide receiver Anthony Johnson, who is a big play waiting to happen. They also have gotten strong offensive line play this year. Obviously, defense is where the strength of this team lies, led by future NFL linebacker, Khalil Hodge. Additionally, Buffalo should be motivated by giving up a big lead against offensively challenged Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. One interesting note is that Buffalo takes good care of the football while forcing a handful themselves. 

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Troy is not the explosive offense that we have seen in the past, partly due to an injury at quarterback. The running game is also not the strength that is has been at times. Troy is actually rated a little higher than Buffalo is on defense, which is the reason they have won nine games. 

Final analysis

This game is hard to gauge considering both offenses are not amazing, but both teams have strong defenses. Buffalo is in the midst of a historic season while Troy fell just short of the Sun Belt title game. Either way, this should be a tight contest. 

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– David Creekmur covers College Football/Basketball, WNBA and College Women’s Sports for Full Press Coverage. Like and follow on Twitter

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