DENTON, Texas (9/17/07) The North Texas football team will open Sun Belt Conference play by hosting Florida Atlantic at Fouts Field, Saturday, Sept. 22. It is also the home-opener for the Mean Green, which lost at Oklahoma and SMU before having last Saturday off.
North Texas is 0-2 under first-year head coach Todd Dodge, beginning the season with loses to Oklahoma and SMU on the road. The Mean Green is 41-12-2 in home-openers at Fouts Field and 4-2 in Sun Belt Conference openers. North Texas leads the Sun Belt and ranks third nationally in passing offense. Florida Atlantic is 2-1 and coming off, perhaps, its biggest win in school history, a 42-39 victory over Minnesota. The Owls are also leading the Sun Belt Conference standings with a 1-0 record. The Florida Atlantic defense has been stout during the early season, ranking second in the league in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense.
North Texas has never beaten Florida Atlantic in the three games between the two teams. All three games in the series have been close with Florida Atlantic winning by seven, three and one point in the last three years. Last year in Denton, North Texas out-gained the Owls 338-239 in total offense, but had to settle for three field goals inside the red zone in a 17-16 loss. North Texas had four turnovers in that game while Florida Atlantic had none.
North Texas is 4-2 in Sun Belt Conference openers, losing in 2001 to Louisiana Monroe and losing last year to Middle Tennessee. The Mean Green won four straight Sun Belt openers from 2002-2005. This will be the first time in four years that North Texas didn’t open its conference schedule against Middle Tennessee.
The game is being televised as part of a Florida Atlantic production and will be aired only in South Florida. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. The game can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network with George Dunham and Hank Dickenson.
Fans can view live streaming of the game through Mean Green Premium.
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