I mentioned a few days ago that one of the questions I would be asking in Dan McCarney’s press conference how he would approach this week’s game against Georgia, even though I knew the answer.
So after McCarney looked after me like I had completely lost my mind, here’s what he had to say:
“This Saturday is no different from last Saturday, no different from the following Saturday,” McCarney said. “We all want to win. If I held anything back it would be a complete injustice to my coaches and my players. I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.”
Which brings us to an interesting point: UNT’s schedule sets up pretty well for the Mean Green to turn it lose against the Bulldogs in a game its getting $975,000 to play.
UNT is off next week and will have some time to recover from what will be a tough game for the Mean Green, whether one believes it has a shot in its annual “Body Bag,” “Opportunity” or “Opportunity To Get In The Body Bag” game, depending on one’s point of view.
UNT has lost a couple of guys so far to season-ending injuries in deep-snapper Blake Dunham and safety Freddie Warner, but has been pretty fortunate so far in terms of injuries. McCarney said UNT is relatively healthy heading into Saturday’s game.
One would expect UNT to get a a bit dinged up Saturday, but will have some time to recover.
UNT also only has one game against a major conference opponent this year. In a side note, the UNT regents talked about wanting to keep it that way earlier in the week at their meeting to approve a new budget.
It all adds up to UNT having a chance to try to make a run at a competitive game at Georgia. The Mean Green was pretty competitive last season at Kansas State in a 35-21 loss, but has been blown out most of the time against ranked opponents. UNT is 1-43 all-time against ranked teams, including a 41-0 and 53-7 losses Alabama and a 79-10 loss to Oklahoma since 2007.
UNT can hope Georgia is looking ahead to a game against LSU, which could help the Mean Green be competitive like it was against Kansas State.
Any way one looks at it, this weekend sets up well for the Mean Green to turn it loose against the Bulldogs.
And on the women’s basketball front, UNT picked up a commitment today:
North Texas gets 2014 verbal pledge from Bria Frierson 6-0 PF Frisco Liberty HS TX. Played AAU for North Texas Shockers.
— Bret McCormick (@ASGR1995) September 20, 2013