DENTON, Texas (8/27/07) The North Texas football team begins the 2007 season in Norman, Okla., against the No. 8-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, Saturday, Sept. 1. The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports Net and will also be carried on the Mean Green Radio Network. Kickoff is set for 6:10 p.m.
North Texas is coming off a disappointing 3-9 season in 2006, but has high hopes for 2007 as the Todd Dodge era begins. The Mean Green returns a solid nucleus on defense with nine starters back. The offense features the return of a former national rushing champion in Jamario Thomas. Oklahoma was 11-3 in 2006 but finished the season by dropping a heartbreaker to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl 43-42. The Sooners return 14 offensive players who have been part-time starters and 11 who have started on the defense.
Oklahoma is 6-0 in the series with North Texas that dates back to 1987. The Sooners have scored exactly 37 points in the last three games against North Texas, winning 37-9 in 1998, 37-10 in 2001 and 37-3 in 2003.
North Texas is 36-52-3 all-time in season-opening games. The Mean Green has won just one season-opener in the last 10 years, a 14-7 win at Middle Tennessee in 2005. This will be the eighth time since 1998 that North Texas has opened up against a member of the Big XII Conference and the third time during that same time that it opened up against Oklahoma. This will be the fifth time in the last six years that North Texas has opened the season against a top 10 opponent.
North Texas has played at least one top 10 opponent every year since 2000. This week’s match-up against No. 8 Oklahoma is actually the lowest-ranked top 10 opponent North Texas has faced during that time. In 2000 the Mean Green faced No. 4 Kansas State, followed by No. 3 Oklahoma in 2001; No. 2 Texas in 2002; No. 1 Oklahoma in 2003; No. 7 Texas in 2004; No. 7 LSU in 2005 and No. 2 Texas in 2006. North Texas has never defeated a top 10 foe, going 0-13 in those games.
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