Random Monday evening football, hoops notes

Anyone else notice how many Sun Belt teams are receiving votes in the coaches’ top 25 football poll?

Western Kentucky (7), Louisiana-Lafayette (6) and Louisiana-Monroe (3) were all at the bottom of the poll this week. UNT received votes at least once that I remember during the bowl era.

And what do all those teams have in common?

They are still on UNT’s schedule.

UNT will have a chance to a couple of upsets down the stretch.

UNT could use an upset after what has been a rough week for UNT on the football front. Freddie Warner seems like a great guy and he’s a heck of a player. Tough blow for UNT to see him have to go through ACL surgery again.

UNT could really have used him this year. He was expected to come back this month, when the Mean Green will face a few teams with quarterbacks who can flat chunk it.

The good news is basketball season is coming up.

NBC Sports named UNT one of the country’s programs on the rise

It’s pretty obvious to see why, and it goes beyond Tony Mitchell, although he is a huge No. 1 reason. UNT has a really good roster to go along with him. Chris Jones, Roger Franklin and Alzee Williams are all really good players.

This could be a special year for UNT.

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