It’s that time of the week again where we take a look at who is taking off and who is tanking among UNT’s peers in DFW and the Sun Belt Conference:
SMU — People were starting to give up on the Ponies when they lost three early nonconference games that most people thought they would lose (Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU). Don’t look now, but SMU beat UTEP 17-0 on the road to get to 2-3. There are a lot of games SMU should win still out there. Another bowl trip is still possible.
UNT — When Houston lost to Texas State, UNT fans started dreaming of a win over a Texas FBS school, something the Mean Green has not managed since beating SMU in 2006. Unfortunately for UNT, Houston fixed its problems. The Cougars hammered UNT 44-21. UNT was down 17-0 in the blink of an eye and never really threatened to get back into the game. UNT is now 0-20 after a win since 2004.
TCU — It was a bad week for the Frogs. Quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated earlier in the week. It’s never a good thing to have a knucklehead for a quarterback. TCU then went out and lost 37-23 to Iowa State on Saturday without him.
Louisiana-Monroe – The Warhawks continue to be the darlings of college football at the non-AQ level. ULM, which has already beaten Arkansas and taken Auburn to overtime, beat Middle Tennessee 31-17 to improve to 3-2 and 1-0 in the Sun Belt. ULM has a real shot to win the Sun Belt title if it keeps playing well.
Louisiana-Lafayette – The Cajuns may have lost Blaine Gautier for the year – at least as a quarterback – but they haven’t lost their momentum. ULL hammered hapless Tulane, 41-13. Terrance Broadway threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. ULL looks like it will be fine at quarterback even without Gautier, who broke a few bones in his hand earlier in the year.
Arkansas State – Don’t count out the Red Wolves just yet. ASU bounced back from a loss to Western Kentucky to beat Florida International 34-20 on Thursday. David Oku ran for three touchdowns and Ryan Aplin threw for 223 yards.
Florida International – Speaking of FIU, what the heck has happened to the Golden Panthers? FIU was favored to win the league at the beginning of the year, but is 1-5 and 0-2 in league play after falling to ASU. Losing quarterback Jake Medlock to a broken leg was a killer.
Middle Tennessee – One had to wonder if MTSU wasn’t going to make a run at the Sun Belt title after getting on a roll following a tough season-opening loss to McNeese. MTSU beat Georgia Tech, a great nonconference win. The Blue Raiders then turned around and lost to Louisiana-Monroe at home.
UNT – See above.