I was flipping through the latest issue of Sports Illustrated last night when I came across a story about one of UNT’s upcoming opponents, which also so happened to hand the Mean Green a devastating loss a few years back.
You remember the Bobcats. They came to town in 2009 for a game that was the latest in a long line of “this is going to be the turning point” outings.
UNT had just beaten Ball State on the road to open the season. UNT was expecting a big crowd at home (sound familiar?) and had a chance to move to 2-0 only to fall 31-30 in double overtime. Frank Solich ran pretty much the same play against UNT that Nebraska ran against Miami in the 1983 national championship game on the two-point try. It didn’t work against Miami, but it did against UNT when Taylor Price caught a pass from Theo Scott for the game-winner.
UNT never recovered.
Ohio went on to play in the MAC Championship game and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl that year, then the New Orleans Bowl the next year, then the MAC Championship again and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last season. It doesn’t look like that roll will end any time soon, not with Ohio at 6-0.
SI came to town to write a story on Solich and his team. It’s a pretty good piece that talks a lot about Tyler Tettleton, a 6-0 quarterback with a famous father who is working out just fine on the college level. Mickey Tettleton was a two-time all-star catcher.
And I bring it up because? Yep. Ohio is on UNT’s schedule again next year.
Tettleton’s a junior, which will make that game a tough one for UNT. Ohio does have 10 senior starters, but has built up some pretty good talent the last few years while going to a series of bowl games.
Ohio is one spot at out of the AP Top 25 this week.
I’m going to make an educated guess here.
I don’t think UNT thought Ohio was going to be what Ohio is now when that series was scheduled.
I’m not saying UNT can’t or won’t win that game next season. It’s just interesting to see how the direction those two programs have gone since that double OT game.
I sure didn’t think I would flip open SI and see Ohio being touted as a potential BCS buster the night those two teams last played.
And in other news, UNT will open hoops practice later this afternoon.
I will be there and will post what I can.