Mean Green Picked Fourth In West In C-USA Media Poll
North Texas Comes Off Bowl Appearance In 2016
IRVING – The 2017 Conference USA media poll predicts that North Texas to finish fourth in the West division in a preseason vote conducted by a panel of media members that cover C-USA schools, the league announced Tuesday.
The Mean Green enter the 2017 season following a successful first year under head coach Seth Littrell, who led North Texas to its first bowl appearance since the 2013 season. North Texas improved in several key statistical categories under Littrell in 2016, as the Mean Green had the second-best turnaround in the Football Bowl Subdivision in terms of wins. North Texas improved its win total by four games, finishing 5-8 on the season with a Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl appearance. Littrell helped lead the Mean Green to a 9.6 points per game jump in scoring offense from their output in 2016, which ranked 11th-best in the nation, and the 2016 defense allowed 8.7 points per game fewer than they did in 2015, which was the 13th-best turnaround in the country.
The 13th annual Conference USA Football Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Mean Green kick off the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at home against Lamar. Season tickets are on sale now and fans can purchase tickets through the Mean Green athletics ticket office. For more information, visit meangreensports.com/tickets or call the ticket office at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.
C-USA MEDIA MEMBERS PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. WKU (20)
2. Middle Tennessee (4)
3. Old Dominion (3)
4. Marshall (1)
5. Florida Atlantic
1. Louisiana Tech (20)
2. UTSA (7)
3. Southern Miss (1)
4. North Texas
(first place votes in parentheses)