The race for the Conference USA West Division title just got a whole lot more interesting — and UNT is in the thick of it.
The Mean Green knocked off Rice on Thursday and then got some unexpected help tonight. Florida Atlantic got off the carpet three days after Carl Pelini resigned and knocked off Tulane 34-17.
Add it all up and you have this in the C-USA West Division:
UNT, Rice and Tulane all tied atop the division at 4-1. All three are also 6-3 overall.
UNT needed Tulane to slip up somewhere late in the year and the Green Wave did just that, blowing a 17-7 halftime lead.
The Mean Green controls its destiny now and has a pretty clear path to at least a share of the division title. UNT’s remaining games are at home against UTEP, at home against UTSA (in the Mean Green Fans Wing Zone Green Kool-Aid Suicide Pact Game) and then at Tulsa.
Those three teams are a combined 6-17.
UNT has won four straight and could easily make it seven straight by the end of the season.
If UNT can win the division, it would earn a berth in the conference championship game, which would be hosted by the school with best winning percentage in conference games.
It’s hard to imagine UNT even thinking about that possibility just a few years ago, but the Mean Green turned things around and seemed to be on a roll. The longer that run lasts, the more interesting the possibilities for the future become. They just got a whole lot more interesting tonight.