Ohio was the MAC East #2 team behind the MAC overall champion Miami (O) while Troy is the Sun Belt Conference Champion.
The Bobcats earned a second straight bowl berth for the first time in school history.
Ohio is 8-4 while Troy is 7-5.
The Trojans are making their third straight bowl appearance and fifth in seven seasons; Troy won at least a share of its conference championship for the fifth straight season.
2010 New Orleans Bowl Key Players:
While the Bobcats had their seven-game winning streak snapped in a season-ending 28-6 loss to Kent State; QB Boo Jackson threw his school-record 35th career touchdown pass for Ohio breaking a mark that had stood for 41 years’ WR Terrence McCrae also set a school record with his 19th career TD catch.
SS Donovan Fletcher is one of Ohio’s best defensive players this season; notched a team-high five interceptions and is second on the team with 68 tackles. He’ll get plenty of chances against Troy to make an impact as the Trojans throw the ball 40 times a game and use lots of four and five receiver sets.
Troy DE Jonathan Massaquoi led the Sun Belt with 17 1/2 tackles for loss.
Troy ’s Corey Robinson threw for a conference-leading 3,320 yards with 24 touchdowns, but also was intercepted 15 times.
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Pick: Troy 26 – Ohio 23
Comment: Neither team has much of a bowl history; the Bobcats are 0-4 lifetime while Troy is 1-3. This is Ohio’s third bowl under Frank Solich’s six-year tenure.