UNT will be on TV a ton this year, sked and thoughts

A North Texas cheerleader performs a back flip last season at Apogee Stadium. UNT will have seven television games this season, including three at its home venue. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Conference USA announced its preliminary television schedule today.

The good news for UNT is that the Mean Green will be on television a ton coming up this season.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 30 — UNT at Texas, 7 p.m., Longhorn Network
Saturday Sept. 6 — SMU at UNT, 11 a.m., Fox Sports Net
Thursday Sept. 11 — Louisiana Tech at UNT, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Saturday Oct. 25 — North Texas at Rice, TBA, FOX Sports 1 or FSN
Saturday, Nov. 8 — Florida Atlantic at UNT, 6 p.m., Fox College Sports
Saturday, Nov. 15 — North Texas at UTEP, TBA, FOX Sports 1 or FSN
Saturday, Nov. 29 — North Texas at UTSA, TBA, FOX Sports 1 or FSN

First off, there is just no way to underestimate the value of being on television for a program like UNT. Being on TV helped the Mean Green a ton last year. The added exposure helps with recruiting and with building a fan base.

As far as the individual times go, the one real sticking point is playing SMU at 11 a.m. UNT has wanted to sell a game out at Apogee ever since it was built and has never managed to get there.

The SMU game is UNT’s one real shot. I was talking to a big-time booster recently on an unrelated topic and he mentioned that he really wanted to see UNT sell that game out.

The bottom line is that is going to be really tough to do with an 11 a.m. game. College kids will have gone out the night before and might not be keen on the idea of getting up for an early game. It will also be tougher for people to make the trip up from Dallas, especially if they have kid-related obligations in the morning.

And one always wonders about people saying, “Well, let’s just stay home and watch it on TV.”

The rest of the schedule seems pretty decent for UNT in terms of times and channels.

UNT got a night start for its opener at Texas. A daytime start could have been brutal in terms of the heat.

All in all, there is a lot to like about the way the slate sets up for UNT, even with that brutal early start against SMU.

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