Mean Green Await Postseason Foes
C-USA Title-Game Opponent, Site Could Be Determined This Week
DENTON - North Texas has two important regular-season games remaining, contests that could keep the Mean Green in the running to host a C-USA title game and make UNT more attractive to potential bowl suitors. However, the Mean Green's postseason fate is largely decided.
North Texas is the Conference USA West Division champion, will play in the C-USA title game on Dec. 2 and, with seven victories in hand, is virtually assured of a bowl berth.
But questions remain to resolve the details of those postseason games.
1. Who will UNT play in the C-USA championship game?
The opponent will be the East Division champ, and most of the mystery concerning that race was resolved last Saturday night. Florida Atlantic rolled over Louisiana Tech, 48-23, while Florida International lost to Old Dominion, 37-30, leaving FAU with a two-game lead over the rest of the division with two games to play. If the Owls win one more game, either Nov. 18 at home against FIU or Nov. 25 at Charlotte, they are the East champions.
So the likely answer is Florida Atlantic.
2. Where will the title game be played?
If FAU wins one more game, it will own the right to host the Conference USA championship game on Dec. 2.
The title game is hosted by the division winner with the best conference record. With one more win, FAU (6-0 in C-USA, 7-3 overall) could finish no worse than 7-1 in league play, a mark North Texas (6-1 in C-USA, 7-3 overall) could only match. Due to the Mean Green's loss to the Owls, FAU owns a tie-breaker advantage over North Texas to determine home field.
So the likely answer is Boca Raton, Florida.
3. In which bowl game will North Texas play?
This is a much more difficult question, with too many variables to allow a decisive answer. C-USA likes to put teams from the West Division into its western bowls, which this year are the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and the Walk-On's Independence Bowl (the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl this year is supposed to pit the Big 10 against the Big 12).
The Mean Green's destination could be determined by the outcome of the C-USA title game and by other conferences that come up short of bowl-eligible teams to fill their bowl obligations, which would bring a plethora of bowl possibilities into play.
North Texas may have a better idea where it will play at the end of the day on Dec. 2, but probably won't know with certainty until Dec. 3, when all matchups are announced during the bowl selection show.
Once the details are settled, tickets for the C-USA title game and the Mean Green's bowl game will be available through the North Texas Ticket Office, and Mean Green Club members will have priority for tickets to all postseason games.
The North Texas-Army game will kickoff at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Apogee Stadium, and tickets are on sale through the North Texas Ticket Office.