DENTON – The North Texas football team will battle six opponents from Texas in 2019, will open the season and Conference USA play at Apogee Stadium, and will face five opponents that played in a 2018 bowl game in its 2019 schedule, which was released by C-USA Thursday afternoon.
Half of the Mean Green's 2019 slate consists of in-state opponents, including three of four non-conference games.
As it did the past two seasons, North Texas will play six home and six road contests in 2019. In a departure from recent seasons, UNT will have a pair of bye weeks, on Oct. 5 and Nov. 16.
"This schedule provides a good test for where we are as a program," head coach Seth Littrell said. "Facing the returning Conference USA East and West Division champions from last season as well as two bowl teams in non-conference will be a challenge that I know this team will look forward to. It's also a great schedule for our fans, with three home games in the first five weeks."
North Texas, which went 9-4 in 2018 and went to a bowl for the third year in a row, will face four non-conference opponents in 2019: at home against Houston of the American Athletic Conference and Abilene Christian, and on the road against Metroplex rival SMU and California.
The Mean Green open the season at Apogee Stadium against Abilene Christian on Aug. 31. On Sept. 7, UNT travels to Dallas to face SMU, the sixth-straight season the pair will meet and the 39th meeting all-time. This is the third-straight year to open the season at home.
On Sept. 14, the Mean Green travel to Berkeley, California, for their first-ever meeting with the Golden Bears of Cal.
North Texas returns to Apogee Stadium on Sept. 21 to begin Conference USA play against UTSA, then finishes is non-conference slate on Sept. 28 at home against the Houston Cougars, who have a new head coach in Dana Holgorsen, in a rematch of Apogee Stadium's inaugural game in 2011.
The Mean Green's C-USA slate continues on Oct. 12, when North Texas travels to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to take on Southern Miss. Dates with Charlotte on Oct. 26, Louisiana Tech on Nov. 9, and Rice on Nov. 23 round out the road schedule.
UNT hosts defending C-USA East Division champion Middle Tennessee on Oct. 19, UTEP on Nov. 2 and defending C-USA champ UAB in the regular-season finale on Nov. 30.
All dates are subject to change and some may change to accommodate television. Game times have not been determined.
North Texas enters 2019 coming off back-to-back nine-win seasons and three consecutive bowl appearances. The Mean Green scored 34.6 points per game and lowered their points allowed by 10.8 per game (to 24.2) from 2017. Littrell will attempt to be the first coach in school history to win at least nine games in three consecutive seasons.
Junior quarterback Mason Fine threw for 3,793 yards with 27 touchdowns and just five interceptions, becoming the program's all-time leading passer and earning his second-straight Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year honor. Fine was also an all-academic performer and semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards.
For 2019 football season tickets, the North Texas Ticket Office will send out notices this month for season-ticket renewals and is accepting deposits for new 2019 season tickets. For information on 2019 tickets, visit the Mean Green football ticket page on meangreensports.com.
2019 North Texas Football Schedule
||at Southern Miss*
||at Louisiana Tech*
Home games in bold
* - Conference USA games