Judging by my e-mail, the truth isn’t real popular among UNT fans these days. But I cannot tell a lie, the pounding the Mean Green took today at Rice is going to be costly.
I didn’t think there was any way UNT was going to win this game, but there is no way I saw a 77-20 loss coming down the pipe.
UNT head coach Todd Dodge said he and his team were embarrassed by the way they played against the Owls. Frankly, UNT should be embarrassed. The Mean Green couldn’t stop Rice on defense, made too many mistakes on offense and was flat terrible on special teams.
Rice called the dogs off in the fourth quarter. The Owls basically ran the ball to the middle of the field and fell down every time they had the chance.
Rice head coach David Bailiff actually tried to apologize to UNT head coach Todd Dodge after the game.
That’s a bad sign for UNT.
Another bad sign for the Mean Green, Jarett Dillard and Chase Clement received a helmet sticker on ESPN’s college football show late Saturday night for torching UNT’s secondary.
That isn’t the way to sell recruits on the virtues of playing for the Mean Green or UNT’s student body on bucking up $300 a student per year down the line to pay for a new stadium.
The only good news for the Mean Green is that it essentially has a chance to start over in Sun Belt Conference play. The bad news is that the teams in this league are pretty good. FIU beat Toledo for its first win of the season and will be on a roll when it comes to Fouts Field next week.
UNT didn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence in its prospects for the conference season after being blasted by Rice.
Those are the facts. They might not be popular, but they are what they are.