This week saw C-USA drop their 2018 football schedules, and Mean Green fans will be no doubt eager to see where and when the team will be defending its phenomenal 2017 run and C-USA West title.
Here’s RB Nic Smith with the dorm poster:
It has arrived!!! The 2018 @MeanGreenFB schedule. First home game is September 1 against #BeatSMU. #Gr8nessReturns pic.twitter.com/MU0TwoCAVY— Mean Green Athletics (@MeanGreenSports) January 23, 2018
There are some interesting surprises here, as the scheduling powers-that-be have moved UTSA back to the end of UNT’s season now that this game has suddenly become competitive again. This should be a nice way to end the season (albeit on the road) a week after what may shape up to be a brutal C-USA title game rematch against FAU in Denton— and it’s about time, too, after UNT played on the Owl’s home turf twice last year.
AD Wren Baker’s stamp is more apparent next season, as UNT will play at Liberty (a game UNT shouldn’t lose) and host FCS Incarnate Word, their second Southland Conference team in a four-year series. The Mean Green smacked down Lamar 59-14 last year, and will play Abilene Christian in 2019 and Houston Baptist in 2020.
It’s been a while since the Mean Green took on Arkansas, and they have every reason not to in 2018, as the Razorbacks have been taken over by former SMU coach Chad Morris, who didn’t exactly blow the doors off the place but still somehow always had UNT’s number.
Prior to hosting FAU late in the season, UNT will host Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Rice, three games the Green won last year. Road games against UTEP and UAB should be interesting, along with UNT’s second meeting with Old Dominion in two years, after having met for the first time ever in 2017.
UNT’s C-USA East opponents will be the same as last year, which we can only hope brings us similar results to last year, i.e. nine wins and a ticket to the conference championship game.
After capping out at nine wins last year (and losing their final two), 2017 was absolutely a breakthrough year. But with the shuffling around of some staff and the graduation of Jeffrey Wilson, in 2018 we’ll find out just how high their ceiling can be under Seth Littrell, who will be entering his third season as the head coach.