There is a whole lot of interest in the MAC these days among UNT fans. And I’m not talking about the Mean Green’s head coach.
UNT will play both Ball State and Ohio, two of the MAC teams playing in bowls this year, next season.
Ball State lost to Central Florida in an early bowl game.
What should be interesting the rest of the way is how the Sun Belt, the league UNT is leaving, fares against the MAC, the league that UNT will face next year in two nonconference games.
The first of those three games was tonight when Western Kentucky lost to Central Michigan. WKU played pretty well, but rolled the dice at the end of the game and went for it on fourth down when it had a chance to tie the game with a field goal in the closing seconds.
WKU lost the gamble and the game its pass fell incomplete.
The next two head-to-head matchups are Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe and Kent State vs. Arkansas State.
UNT lost to every one of those Sun Belt bowl teams.
How those teams fare against the MAC could give us a better idea of how UNT will stack up next year, even though the Mean Green is supposed to be better next year with the addition of a couple of key transfers.
I just wouldn’t discount the MAC when it comes to how those teams will fare against UNT next year, especially not after both Ball State and Ohio just picked up a whole lot of extra practice time during bowl preparation.