By Steven Bartolotta, March 3, 2010, 12:08 a.m.
Well smack dab in the middle of hoops making its run to the conference tourney, I see we released the official 2010 football schedule. No surprises, these games have all been public knowledge for a while, but what can we expect, or at least Monday morning quarterback in March in terms of wins for North Texas.
This schedule to me breaks down in third's. The first four games, sans Clemson, are a pretty good measuring stick and indicator as to whether this team can be good or not. Rice, winnable at home. Army, winnable on the road.
FAU? They are a Belt team, all Belt games are winnable and I'm declaring from now on and forever all belt games winnable until the end of time.
So say you come out of that stretch at 2-2, maybe 3-1, you enter the big month of October in my mind. Three straight home games against ULL, Arkansas St, and FIU. All very winnable games and a chance for North Texas to build up some momentum. A week off brings a visit to WKU.
The month of November sets up as the real test and will be make or break for this team. North Texas needs to be around 4-4 or 5-3 heading into November for a real chance at the SBC title, bowl game, or even a winning season. Anything less is dicey for all parties involved.
Troy, MTSU, ULM, and K-State are about as tough as I've seen in the month of November, in March, on a Mean Green schedule.
If the Mean Green goes into November riding momentum of a great October, then two, maybe three of those games are realistic. If not, a clean sweep in the other direction is also possible.
Its no secret wins are a must this season for Coach Dodge but I really like the schedule presented and I really like all of the off-season additions to the team and coaching staff.
March is not the time for predictions, but it is the time to start thinking about the possibilities.