"We've had four missed opportunities in our last game," Robinson said after practice Wednesday. "And there were three the week before. In the last game, two of them should have been for pick sixes if we would have caught them. But you know what they say about ifs ... "
The Hogs want to make things happen in the turnover game. They are working in practice to produce turnovers with several drills.
"We are doing the strip drills to get fumbles," safety Tramain Thomas said. "We are doing tip drills and interception drills. The bad part, we were in position to get some turnovers in each of our first two games. We've been in position, that's what hurts the most."
Thomas was one of those who had his hands on a possible interception.
"It was real close," he said. "The defense did a great job of putting me in position. I just didn't make the play."
Did someone tip it at the last moment?
"No, I can't say that," he said. "It was right there. Maybe it sailed on me just a hair and I lost focus. It was on me. I should have had it. I misjudged it. You have to focus on the tip of the ball and I didn't."
Thomas said the defense is challenged daily to get turnovers.
"We know that if we do, it's going to really help our offense," he said. "We want to help our offense score."
There was plenty of talk about the lack of takeaways after practice, but cornerback Isaac Madison had his own takeaway.
"We want to get the ball back for the offense, but this is nothing to worry about after two games," he said. "They will come. We are doing the work, the ball drills. We just have to keep focus and concentration. They haven't been there through two games, but they might be after the next few. They will come in time."
The Hogs are focused on time, too. Troy brings a fast-paced, hurry-up offense that won't give the Hogs much of that between plays. They remember Ohio State's productivity in the Sugar Bowl when in a hurry-up offense.
"When you watch tape of Troy, you see a lot of defenses that are late getting lined up," Robinson said. "They look a lot like what we looked like in the Sugar Bowl."
The Hogs have faced other hurry-up systems, including two years ago against Tulsa and Troy. Robinson reminded that he wasn't around for the last Troy game. He became ill on Friday and was sent to the hospital, then missed the game.
"I wasn't here for that one," he said. "The way they play is a lot like the Tulsa pace we saw. We've got to keep our guys fresh."
Nelson said it creates problems in getting the communication perfect.
"You are trying to get lined up in a hurry and get your signals to each other and make sure everyone has their assignments," Nelson said. "That's where the problem lies. It's in communication. We've seen it before and we are practicing against it."
Thomas said, "At times against Ohio State, we were not in tune against their no huddle. So we have to be focused and ready for this. We also have to tackle well. Troy is going to try to get us in one-on-one situations and we have to make those plays."
Robinson said the other part of the challenge is the athletic nature of the Troy offense. He said quarterback Corey Robinson does a fine job of spreading the ball around in Troy's spread formation.
"The quarterback can flick it, has a quick snappy wrist and he moves it around to different guys," Robinson said. "They had a lot of guys with catches last year and none over 43. That's moving the ball around. He gets in the gun and he can operate."