We are headed into the last weekend of the regular season and the last few days before UNT finds out where it is headed as far as the bowl season goes.
The bottom line is this — UNT is likely headed to Dallas (dream destination) for the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Fort Worth for the Armed Forces Bowl (dream destination II) in a bowl swap or the Hawaii Bowl (the worst case scenario).
Yes, that sounds weird, but it’s true.
UNT will get a big recruiting bump and come out better financially if it lands in a Dallas area bowl. UNT has a hard time getting people to come to Apogee Stadium. The traveling party for Hawaii would sound a little like a large dinner reservation. “North Texas, party of 12?”
And I could probably name all 12 right now.
Since things are really up in the air as far as the bowl season, there are a host of guys from other papers chasing the same information. Here’s a general rundown of what has come up in the last couple of days:
Notre Dame to Hawaii seems like a long shot and would involve a whole lot of back room swapping, but it could happen. Hawaii is another ESPN bowl like the Heart of Dallas and Armed Forces bowls.
Adam Sparks over at the DNJ in Murfreesboro is reporting that Middle Tennessee is likely headed for the Armed Forces Bowl (another swap scenario) or the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. There is also a swap scenario out there that the Blue Raiders end up in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
The most likely scenario for UNT remains playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
A lot of what happens will hinge on the outcome of the Rice-Marshall C-USA title game.
This is just my gut feeling, but if Rice wins, it will end up in the Liberty Bowl, which has the first selection of C-USA teams. Where everyone ends up depends a lot on where schools want to go, which teams the bowls want and what makes sense geographically.
That would leave UNT in Dallas.
And everyone wins.
It might seem weird, but a Rice win might do UNT a lot of good.
And in some other good news, Brandin Byrd was named the national player of the week for his performance in UNT’s win over Tulsa.