Feb. 3, 2014
DENTON, Texas – The University of North Texas today released its 2014 football schedule, which features six home games and is highlighted by a home matchup with SMU on September 6 at Apogee Stadium.
North Texas, coming off a nine-win season that culminated in a Heart of Dallas Bowl victory over UNLV, opens the 2014 season on the road at Texas on August 30 before returning home to face SMU in the first of three straight home games.
“This is a very exciting schedule that’s going to be very difficult from start to finish this season,” said head coach Dan McCarney. “We have great momentum coming off the Heart of Dallas Bowl victory, and the incredible turnout of fans is something we can’t wait to see come out for the 2014 season starting with the home opener against SMU. It will be a big challenge to start at Texas, then go to a Big 10 school in Indiana, but it will get us ready for a Conference USA schedule that’s loaded with really good teams.”
North Texas heads to Austin for the first battle with the Longhorns since 2006. SMU returns to Denton for the first time since 2006, and it’s the first meeting between the two schools since 2007.
North Texas opens Conference USA play on September 13 at home against Louisiana Tech. The Mean Green knocked off the Bulldogs last season in Ruston 28-13. North Texas stays at home the next week with a non-conference game against Nicholls State on September 20.
After a bye week, the Mean Green plays it’s first-ever road game at a Big 10 opponent as they visit Indiana on October 4. North Texas beat the Hoosiers 24-21, in 2011, the only meeting against a Big 10 school.
North Texas dives back into C-USA play on October 11 as they visit UAB. It will be only the second meeting ever between the two schools as the two teams played in Denton in 1995. The Mean Green returns home on October 18 to face Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles first visit to Denton since 1981.
North Texas then squares off with Rice on October 25 in Houston. The Owls are the defending C-USA champion but the Mean Green knocked them off last season, 28-16, on Halloween night.
After a second bye week, North Texas hosts Florida Atlantic on November 8. The Mean Green closes out with two of its last three games on the road, first on Nov. 15 at UTEP. After a 41-7 win at home against the Miners last year, the Mean Green visits El Paso for the first time since 1980.
The home finale for North Texas is November 22 against FIU, and the final game of the regular season is November 29 at UTSA. The C-USA Championship game is set for December 6.
The 2014 C-USA alignment will feature seven teams in the East Division and six in the West. FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, UAB and WKU comprise the East Division, while Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UTEP and UTSA make up the West Division.
2014 North Texas Football Schedule
Aug. 30 at Texas
Sept. 6 vs. SMU
Sept. 13 vs. La Tech*
Sept. 20 vs. Nicholls State
Sept. 27 Bye
Oct. 4 at Indiana
Oct. 11 at UAB*
Oct. 18 vs. Southern Miss*
Oct. 25 at Rice*
Nov. 1 Bye
Nov. 8 vs. Florida Atlantic*
Nov. 15 at UTEP*
Nov. 22 vs. FIU*
Nov. 29 at UTSA*