But not Arkansas and Ryan Mallett. The Hogs gobbled up the Troy zone blitzes like, well, Bobby Petrino offenses destroyed the same schemes at Louisville. It was the key in a 56-20 victory that gave the Hogs their sixth victory to become bowl eligible.
"We took a lot of pride in the way we beat zone blitzes at Louisville," offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. "Troy is good at that stuff and they can disguise it pretty well. They don't tip it much, but we figured them out."
Mallett cut up the Troy safeties for 592 total yards, 405 through the air. There were five touchdown passes, including one little dump that Ronnie Wingo took 83 yards behind clearing blocks from DeMarcus Love and Wade Grayson.
"In the SEC, we see a lot of man blitzes," Paul Petrino said. "Some of that is just because that's what the teams in this league run. But some of it might be because we've been pretty good at beating zone pressures."
It was clear early in the game that the Hogs had receivers running free, sometimes three or four on the same play. Mallett often had multiple choices throughout the Troy secondary.
Mallett smiled when asked about the zone blitz checks.
"I've been waiting two years to make those checks," Mallett said. "It is never easy, but we had a great plan. We studied film and saw how they did their blitzes. We hit their zones.
"Troy has a great defensive front, as good as any we see in the SEC. Our offensive line did a great job and our receivers caught everything again. We played well as a team and had a lot of fun out there."
Bobby Petrino called it Mallett's "best " game operating the offense.
"Troy gave us a lot more looks and blitzed more than what they had shown," Petrino said. "Ryan did a nice job of getting into some plays. He did a real nice job."
Early in the week, Mallett referenced the high-powered Troy offense led by quarterback Levi Brown. He said it might be a shootout. If it turned out that way, he promised the Hogs would be ready.
That was before they knew defensive coordinator Willy Robinson would miss the game with what was termed an infection. Robinson went to the hospital around the middle of the day Friday. The defensive play calling was turned over to linebacker coach Reggie Johnson, with an assist from John L. Smith.
"I have to admit that I was excited and a little nervous," Johnson said. "Coach Robinson put together a great plan. We had worked on that together as a staff. So we just had to settle in with that plan on Friday.
"I went back over it with Coach Smith. We went back and looked at the coverages we had run during the week and what it looked like we did best and then went with that. Coach Smith has been doing this a long time. He had a heavy hand in what we did tonight."
Safety Matt Harris said the scheme wasn't simplified, but the defensive backs told Johnson they were prepared to make it easy on his calls.
"We told Coach Johnson that if he wanted to just put us in cover four for every snap, we'd make that work and play our butts off in it," Harris said. "He didn't do that. He gave us quite a lot.
"I'm not going to say it all went smooth. There were some hectic moments early. We might not have gotten the plays in as quickly. But we got it done."
Johnson has been with Petrino more than any other assistant, since 2003.
"First, we are glad that Coach Robinson is okay," Johnson said. "We were told that after the game. We hope for a speedy recovery and I will gladly give him back the headsets."
Johnson wasn't clear the exact time he found out he'd be the coordinator. It was early afternoon Friday.
"We had out defensive meeting and we were together (with Coach Robinson)," he said. "Then we had another meeting before the team went to the hotel. Sometime right after that – maybe 1 or 2 in the afternoon – coach Petrino told me. We had already put in the hard work for the week. We just went out and executed our plan."
Harris called it "definitely weird" not having Robinson with the team.
"The players had talked about dedicating the game in his name among ourselves all night," Harris said. "So when coach Petrino came in to our team meeting and asked us about that, it was a no brainer. It was the right thing to do.
"I thought all the coaches did a heckuva job with the plan. It was different, yes. Maybe a little choppy at the start, but then there became a flow to everything.
"We have been told that Coach Robinson is alright. So we are relieved. The word Friday was that it was his heart so that scared us pretty good. We are glad that's not it."
It became a matter of just making plays against a solid Troy quarterback, a steady senior. The Hogs grabbed three interceptions against Brown, and stripped another receiver for four turnovers.
Brown entered the game with the nation's longest streak without an interception, his last 258 attempts. Harris ended that with a pick over the middle on the first play of Troy's second possession.
"We were in single man high," Harris said. "I knew the quarterback leaned heavy on (Jerrell Jernigan). He's quite an athlete. He was coming from my right and Ramon Broadway was on him. I looked the other way and hoped that would lead the quarterback back to (Jernigan).
"The key was that Ramon really had him pushed to the middle of the field off the line. That guided him right to me and forced the quarterback to put it more in my area. That's the way this defense is designed, for things to mesh together like that. Ramon was hip to hip with him and really set me up with his technique."