Dave Cambell’s Texas Football out — let’s talk expectations

Dave Campbell's Texas Football picked UNT to play in a bowl game for the second straight year in its 2014 edition that came out on Friday. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is out again.

I received an advance copy since I wrote for the magazine again this year.

Before we get to our overarching question of the day, a few highlights:

– UNT came in at No. 9 in the state among the 12 FBS schools in the magazine’s power poll. The Mean Green ranks ahead of SMU, which checked in at No. 11.

– Marshall is the consensus pick to win C-USA in the writer’s poll.

– Rice was the magazine’s pick to win C-USA’s West Division with UTSA coming in second and UNT third.

– The magazine picks UNT to go 7-5 with losses against Texas, SMU, Indiana, Rice and UTSA and play in a bowl game for a second straight year.

– Cyril Lemon made the All-Texas College first-team offense, while Mason Y’Barbo was a second-team selection. Kenny Buyers was a second-team pick on the All-Texas College defense

– UNT’s 2009 recruiting class that was signed in the middle of the Todd Dodge era was ranked dead last among Texas’ major college programs (surprise, surprise). UNT had one first-team all-conference pick from the class in punter Will Atterberry and a couple of other key players in Derek Thompson and Ryan Boutwell.

– UNT wide receiver recruit Rodney Bendy was listed among the best of the rest among players at his position in the recruiting rankings. The top 35 wide receivers in the state were listed. Bendy was among the next six.

My take …

Since I wrote UNT and C-USA previews, I had a hand in the way the predictions came out. And I think they are pretty fair.

If UNT manages to go 7-5 and get to a bowl game, it will have been a wildly successful year considering the circumstances. UNT has a ton to replace and doesn’t have a proven quarterback.

DCTF is historically an optimistic publication when it comes to Texas teams in general and has an optimistic outlook for UNT, justifiably so. The Mean Green seems to have turned the corner following last season and has momentum on its side that should carry over this fall.

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