DENTON, Texas The University of North Texas has announced its 2009 football schedule, which includes six home games for the first time since 1993. Four of North Texas’ 12 opponents in 2009 played in bowl games last season and in addition to the eight-game Sun Belt Conference slate, the schedule features a late-season home game against Army.
“This schedule is exciting for both us as a team and our supporters,” head coach Todd Dodge said. “The fact that we have six home games and three home games in the early part of the season shows a commitment to helping us get off to a good start and get this program back to its winning ways. It is a tremendous motivation for this team to know that we will be playing in our stadium in front of our loyal fans for half of the games this year.”
The Mean Green will play three of its first five games at home in 2009, which is also the first time that has happened since 1993. The first two games of the season will feature matchups with Mid-American Conference teams. North Texas travels to Ball State to open the season on Thursday, Sept. 3 before returning to Denton for the home-opener against Ohio on Sept. 12.
Ball State was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation last year after starting the season 12-0 and playing in the MAC championship game and the GMAC Bowl. Ohio finished the 2008 season with a 4-8 record but won its final two games of the year.
North Texas travels to Alabama Sept. 19 to take on a team that is coming off one of its best years in recent history. The Crimson Tide spent five weeks atop the polls after starting the season 12-0, but then dropped its last two games of the season to national champion Florida and undefeated Utah.
The conference portion of the schedule begins at home against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 26. The Mean Green will also play Middle Tennessee at home before heading back on the road for a league game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
A home game against Louisiana-Monroe and a road game at defending conference champion Troy precede a home game against Western Kentucky on Oct. 31. This will be the first season that Western Kentucky will be playing as a full-fledged member of the Sun Belt Conference.
After an open week on Nov. 7, North Texas will play at Florida International before concluding the home schedule against Army Nov. 21. The Mean Green concludes the season on the road at Arkansas State Nov. 28.
North Texas has never played Ball State or Ohio in football. The Mean Green has played Army twice, losing to the Black Knights at Texas Stadium in 1996 and then again at West Point in 1997. This will be the first time Army has played in Fouts Field. North Texas’ Homecoming game will be Oct. 17 against Louisiana-Monroe.
2009 North Texas Football Schedule
Sept. 3 at Ball State
Sept. 12 Ohio
Sept. 19 at Alabama
Sept. 26 Florida Atlantic
Oct. 3 Middle Tennessee State
Oct. 10 at Louisiana-Lafayette
Oct. 17 Louisiana-Monroe
Oct. 24 at Troy
Oct. 31 Western Kentucky
Nov. 14 at Florida International
Nov. 21 Army
Nov. 28 at Arkansas State