What was once a weekly staple here on the blog is back in play again this year unfortunately.
North Texas was nearly always ranked in ESPN’s Bottom Ten during the tenure of Todd Dodge before working its way out during the first four years of Dan McCarney’s tenure.
UNT crashed last season and found itself ranked for a big chunk of the year. The Mean Green finished third last season behind only UCF and Kansas.
This year’s ranking has yet to come out, but ESPN came out with a preview of this year’s Bottom Ten and has UNT vs. SMU as its Pillow Fight of the Week.
UNT finished 1-11 last season, while SMU wound up 2-10 and was also in the year-end Bottom Ten. The Mustangs were ranked sixth.
One of SMU’s two wins was a 31-13 win over UNT.
The winner of this weekend’s rematch will climb out of the Bottom Ten and will get a huge jump on having a successful season.
Plus, it’s not exactly optimal to lose the Pillow Fight of the Week.
It’s yet another reason why Saturday’s game looms large for the Mean Green.
And while we are at it, here is an update for GYROTR (Get Your Rear on the Record), our annual contest to pick UNT’s season record. Send your guesses to email@example.com.
8-5 – Kevin Sparkman
8-4 — Miguel Robinson
7-6 — Rick Harold, David Larson
6-7 — John Lowe (eagle83)
6-6 — Ben Gooding, Kevin Cozart, Brandon Daniels, Andrew Morris
5-7 — Tyler Maryak, Jeff Pergola (jperg2), Ryan Munthe, Greg (Gwag81), Bob Campbell (The Ozark Eagle), Joel Villanueva, Mike Moss, Matt Taylor (RealMeanGreenMatt), James McAnallen, Von Eaglin, Scott Campbell, Richard Steenson, John Davidson (MeanGreenTexan), Von Eaglin, Mike Moss (McGrn), Cody Valle, Ryan Alexander (Sig381)
4-8 — Brett Vito, Jared Morris, Alec McKinley, Travis Miller, Tom Crothers (Eagle MBA), Scott Robertson, Brian Martin, Joe Eckstein, Darren Foyt (EagleD), Aldo.
3-9 — Jim Hull, Aldofo Flores Jr. (Got5onit), Travis Scott, Will Manley, Rick Ashwander, Paulie Walnuts, Scott Hostenske, Robert Botts, Kristopher Kinard, Matt McCombs, Lee Hughes (3XNTGrad), Jonathan (Dr. Seuss)
2-10 — Kellen Jemeyon, John Lee Moses, Bryan Graves (UNTGuy5), Patrick McMullen (Greenflag), Adam Rosenfield, Sean Hiatt