Troy's Blakeney wary of overconfidence

October, 16, 2009
10/16/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Troy coach Larry Blakeney takes nothing for granted.

Although his team has won the Sun Belt Conference title each of the past three seasons and already has two big wins over opponents many thought would be in the hunt for the league championship, Blakeney isn’t prepared to relax.

“We are gaining confidence and we are gaining glue, chemistry-wise, but it’s a dangerous thing, too, because if [confidence] edges over the realm of being overconfident then you got a chance to go somewhere and find a team that’s going to get after you good for 60 minutes and to lose,” Blakeney said.

That team might be Florida International this weekend.

Although the Golden Panthers have just one win this season, many expected the team to have a breakout year and shock some opponents, especially within the conference. Troy is 5-0 against FIU and defeated the Golden Panthers 33-23 last season. But Blakeney has been steadfast all season that this league is as good as he's ever seen it and that any team has the capability to knock the Trojans off.

“FIU is very capable and they’re playing at home,” Blakeney said. “It’s always a challenge to go play down there whether you’re playing FIU or FAU or anywhere else on the road in our league. It’s certainly a situation that you don’t relish, but you’ve got to deal with.

“I certainly don’t think there’s anybody in our conference that can’t beat us even confident or overconfident or whatever. We’ve got to make sure that we’re taking care of business each and every week, trying to do the right things and prepare well. I think we’re gaining confidence, but at the same time it’s also a dangerous thing.”

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