Here’s a look back at the weekend that was as it relates to UNT and some of the teams that Mean Green fans are interested in:
UNT put together one of its best performances in recent memory, knocking off Idaho 40-6.
Derek Thompson had a monster game with 349 passing yards and Brelan Chancellor was all over the place while accounting for 283 all-purpose yards. The pair connected on an 85-yard touchdown strike that really got UNT rolling.
UNT has a shot at the elusive goal of winning back-to-back games heading to Ohio this weekend. UNT has struggled on the road in recent years. A win this weekend would really put UNT on course to win six games and get to a bowl for the first time since 2004.
As far as some of the other games of interest …
No. 9 Louisville 49, Ohio 7
UNT will head to Ohio with a chance to improve to 2-0, something that has been unheard of at UNT. The Mean Green had that chance against Ohio in 2009, but blew it in a double-overtime loss. Ohio is loaded and expected to be one of the top teams in the MAC. How much can one read into the outcome of a money game against Louisville everyone knew Ohio would lose? My feeling is not much. UNT will have a shot, but Ohio is favored by about a touchdown like I expected.
Bowling Green 34, Tulsa 7
UNT will face Tulsa in its regular season finale and hasn’t beaten the Golden Hurricane in a long, long time. Tulsa is supposed to be pretty good this year, but didn’t look good at all against a good Bowling Green team. Tulsa had just 51 rushing yards on 24 carries.
UTSA 31, New Mexico 13
UNT fans are watching across the state closely to see how UTSA fares. The school has gone from start-up to playing in C-USA in a flash and skipped the 100 years of building UNT had to go through to get to the same place. Will UTSA be able to quickly find success? That would be a nightmare for UNT, which has the showdown with UTSA looming later in the year, or as we are calling it the: “North Texas Fans Wing Zone Green Kool-Aid Suicide Pact Game.” We fear that is what will go down if UNT loses that game.
Texas State 22, Southern Miss 15
Southern Miss has gone down the tubes in the last two seasons and is now riding a 13-game losing streak heading into games against Nebraska, Arkansas and Boise State. Yeah, check back after that streak reaches 16.
Texas Tech 41, SMU 23
The team UNT fans loathe had a shot at a big win and squandered it in a loss to Texas Tech. SMU has been on a roll the last few years, but could have a tough time getting to six wins and a bowl game this year in the American Athletic Conference.