2015 Football Schedule Features Return To Tennessee
Mean Green To Face Volunteers For First Time Since 1975 Upset Victory
DENTON - The 2015 North Texas football schedule features two first-time meetings, seven opponents that played in bowl games last season, and the return to the site of one of the greatest victories in Mean Green history.
For the first time since 1975, North Texas will play at Tennessee on Nov. 14. The Mean Green's only game against the Volunteers, on Oct. 25, 1975, in Knoxville, ended in a memorable 21-14 upset win for North Texas, a game in which the Mean Green defense forced five turnovers and senior running back Sears Woods scored three touchdowns, including the game winner on a fourth-quarter, 98-yard kickoff return.
The 2015 schedule, which was released Monday, opens with two regional rivals - SMU under first-year coach Chad Morris in Dallas on Sept. 12 and the home- and conference-opener against Rice on Sept. 19.
"The good news is we begin the season with two games against regional rivals that will be easy for all of our fans to attend," North Texas coach Dan McCarney said. "Hosting Rice to begin our C-USA schedule will be huge."
The Mean Green will face two schools for the first time in program history. On Sept. 26, North Texas will make its first trip to the Hawkeye State to face head coach Dan McCarney's alma mater Iowa in Iowa City. It will be just the second Big 10 opponent North Texas has ever played.
The other first-ever meeting is against Portland State at Apogee Stadium on Oct. 10.
The Conference USA portion of the schedule includes a first meeting in league play at defending-conference champion Marshall on Oct. 24, and a first meeting in Conference USA play against former Sun Belt opponent Western Kentucky on Oct. 17 at Apogee Stadium. North Texas also faces UTSA in Denton, Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee on the road, and UTEP in the final regular-season game on Nov. 28.
Overall, the Mean Green will play seven road games with five home contests.
"With the changing landscape of Conference USA since 2012, including UAB's departure just last month, scheduling has been a challenge to say the least," said Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal. "Contracted non-conference home openers with Tulsa in 2013 and 2015 were lost when we joined the league. Fortunately, we were able to fill 2013 with Idaho, but couldn't find another FBS home opponent for 2015, despite our due diligence."
2015 North Texas Football Schedule:
|Sept. 12||at SMU|
|Sept. 26||at Iowa|
|Oct. 3||at Southern Miss*|
|Oct. 10||PORTLAND STATE|
|Oct. 17||WESTERN KENTUCKY*|
|Oct. 24||at Marshall*|
|Nov. 7||at Louisiana Tech*|
|Nov. 14||at Tennessee|
|Nov. 21||at Middle Tennessee*|
CAPS - home games at Apogee Stadium
* - Conference USA games