Troy-Middle Tennessee “verbally” agree to renew “Battle for the Palladium”


TROY, Ala (WDHN) — According to the Middle Tennessee’s football twitter account, the Blue Raiders and Troy have verbally agreed to renew their old Sun-Belt rivalry.

Though it is not set in stone, the two schools will play a home and home for the 2020 season, which would give both teams an 11 game schedule.

They last met in 2012 as conference foes but then the Blue Raiders left the Sun Belt to join the Conference USA, Troy trails the all-time series 12-8.

The plan is to play the first game in Murfreesboro on either September 5th or 19th and then play the second game at the Vet on November 21st.

“No contracts have been signed but our intent is for Troy to play in Murfreesboro either Sept. 5 or Sept. 19 with us visiting Troy Nov. 21. It is unique to play one opponent twice in a season but this worked for both of us. This scenario also allows us to keep future schedules intact with no changes,” Middle Tennesee’s Athletic Director, Chris Massaro.

The Blue Raiders had scheduled to play Clemson and Duke before the ACC made their ruling on the season. They were also going to play the University of Connecticut, who just yesterday announced they had cancelled their football season.

If September fifth was the choice for the first game, this would be Troy’s season opener before heading up north to play at UMass on 9/12.

The Palladium currently resides at Middle Tennessee after the Blue Raiders beat the Trojans 24-21 in the last meeting in 2012.

ESPN has ranked this matchup as one of the top five non-BCS games in 2008.

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